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Physics Graduate Student Yu Qian

September 19, 2019
All students, faculty, and staff
Allen W. Groves, University Dean of Students

Dear Members of the University Community:

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of Yu Qian, a graduate student who began his studies at the University in 2016, working toward his doctorate in physics. At the time of his death, he was working at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Yu was from Gaoyou, China, and was a 2016 graduate of the University of Science and Technology of China.

“Yu was a brilliant and remarkable young man,” said Stefan Baessler, Yu’s research advisor and associate professor of physics, and Huangxing Li, a fellow graduate student, in a joint statement. “His work at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Lab was part of the 'Nab' collaboration, which is seeking to perform precision particle physics measurements. Data from the Nab experiment was to become the basis for his Ph.D. thesis. His friends at UVA and in the Chinese Christian church communities both in Charlottesville and in Oak Ridge enjoyed his company. Yu was considerate, sincere, loving, and unselfish and gave completely of himself to others. He will be missed by all of us.”

The loss of a fellow member of our community is always challenging. If you need support during this time, you may call Counseling and Psychological Services at 434-243-5150, 24 hours a day. Information about CAPS is available on the Student Health website.

Faculty and staff can find a similar resource through the Faculty and Employee Assistance Program by calling 434-243-2643 or by using the Appointments tab on the FEAP website.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Yu’s parents, Hua Li and Pinxiang Qian, and other family members in China; his friends; fellow students; associates in Tennessee; and faculty members whose lives he touched.

Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students