Raffles Museum news
Research and education at the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore.
05 Jul 2007 - Raffles Museum News has shifted to http://news.rafflesmuseum.net
Mon 25 Jun 2007
Mr Yeo Keng Loo, RIP
Category : people
Mon 25 Jun 2007 - This morning, Greasi was shocked to read the obituary announcement that the family of Mr Yeo had put in The Straits Times. She asked Rahim and Makcik to verify the notice then had Heok Hui come up to the office. There he called 'Ah Yeo's' home and his sister informed him that Mr Yeo had passed away suddenly during his Saturday badminton game (23 Jun 2007). It was a very quick way to go but he was only 52 and all of us grieve for him.
We will be visiting the wake at Block 56 Sims Drive S (9380056), tel: 6742-1230. The cortege will leave on Wed 27 Jun 2007: 12pm for cremation at Mandai Crematorium.
I wrote to our museum volunteers and friends earlier to inform them. I cited the interns blogs as snippets from their interactions with him capture a glimpse of him.
"Dear Toddycats and old friends,
One very telling remark amongst the posts reveal just how chatty Mr Yeo has been with our young museum volunteers and interns:
"Another interesting mission Siva set me and Danliang on today was to collect bird specimens. He was informed of a donor who decided to donate her uncle's collection. We went along with Mr Yeo. It was a rickety ride in a mini-lorry to Bukit Batok. We were pretty much clueless about where block 227 was, but three brains and 6 eyes set things right.
I myself am glad for the time I have had with him, particularly on specimen retrievals (the highlight must be the Tekong dugong), field trips (the last was crabbing at Ivan Polunin's house and the Mera Lodge stream), and plotting about gallery and education programmes."
Mr Yeo has always been kind, helpful and friendly with the people he had come across and several friends responded by immediately by email, phone and SMS after I sent alerted them by email this morning, soon after I found out. Here are a few of their thoughts:
"Thanks for the info. That's really sad. He was a damn nice person always ready with a smile. I don't think I have ever seen him without him smiling warmly. And it was always easy to strike up a conversation with him and he'd always have good stories to share about BioD and the museum. "
Alvin Wong (former hons/MSc student, Systematics & Ecology Lab, Dept Biological Sciences) says,
"Mr Yeo is always quiet and unassuming but always kind and helpful to students in the museum and on field trips. he's a repository of info about specimens stashed away in some obscure corner."
Ria Tan (WildSingapore.com & Raffles Museum Honorary Museum Associate) says,
"I first met Mr Yeo when I spent hours photographing the specimens from the first Chek Jawa transect at the museum. It was my first time doing anything like this and he was patient in showing me how to do it right (and to survive the formaldehyde).
Mr Yeo crabbing in Ivan Polunin's stream, 15 Jun 2006.
Chim Chee Kong (former Raffles Museum Snakehunter) said,
"I remembered Mr Yeo as the very nice, kind, patient and helpful gentleman who helped me in locating specimens a couple of years ago."
Loh Lih Woon (former hons student, Systematics & Ecology Lab, Dept Biological Sciences) said,
"I'm shocked and dismayed. He was a helpful and unassuming man who made the madness of my hons year that more bearable, exactly 10 years ago! Well those whom God love die young(er) they say. Perhaps this cliched saying could serve as solace.
Airani S (Senior Volunteer Project Manager, Raffles Museum):
"Mr Yeo is a very kind man and always accommodating to last minute requests for help. He was a shy man of very few words but as I got to know him better, he became more chatty and began to share his dreams and plans post-retirement!
Peter Ng (Director, Raffles Museum):
"It came as a shock when I was told this morning that he had passed on - I have known him for over 27 years - since he joined as a fresh staff and I was still an undergrad working in the then ZRC. I remembered how he was full of energy and passion for his work with specimens, and especially crabs and related invertebrates. He took care of the crustacean and invertebrate collections for most of his career, and was also the key man in many of the museum's local field collections and field work.
As we shared tales of Mr Yeo with his six siblings and the rest of the family, they have been getting to know this other side of him - his museum curator's work, love of animals, exhibition presentation skills, love of field trips and because he was such a worrier, his unexpected sense of adventure!
Fri 15 Jun 2007
Richard Mayden (Cypriniformes Tree of Life) visits
Category : visitors
He is also the leader of the Cypriniformes Tree of Life (CTOL) project, which declares this very interesting statement:
"In this initiative, researchers from many countries with a shared passion and in-depth understanding of these incredibly diverse and interesting fishes are investigating their morphological and molecular variation.
Fri 25 May 2007
Lukas Ruber, molecular fish systematist from BMNH
Category : visitors
Heok Hui has guests this few day, from
Mon 14 May 2007
AWWA School Kids visit the Raffles Museum
Category : education
A very special day for very special children.
Fri 11 May 2007 - Seven children from the Asian Women's Welfare Association (AWWA) School visited the Raffles Museum's Public Gallery in the morning. They were led by seven volunteer guides: Joelle, Zeehan, Ngan Kee, Oi Yee, Laura, Eunice and Luan Keng. Museum director Peter Ng made a special appearance to say "hi" to the children.
The children were so excited about their first visit to this museum that they went around the gallery at least three times! The guides prepared specimens for them to feel and touch. and played a "match-the-habitat" game which they all enjoyed. The children certainly had a rewarding time.
This is the first special programme Raffles Museum has had with the AWWA School and we look forward to more trips in future.
Photographs by Tan Heok Hui. See all the photos here.
Thu 26 Apr 2007
Linnaeus 300 (02/30) - Scatophagus argus (Linnaeus, 1766)
Category : linnaeus300
Linnaeus 300 - Raffles Museum News is bringing you 30 images of species described by Linnaeus in the month leading to his 300th birthday on 23rd May 2007.
Photo (2 of 30): Scatophagus argus (Linnaeus, 1766), provided by Tan Heok Hui.
Heok Hui and others collected the fish during research surveys
in Singapore waters off Kallang on 25 Aug 2005.
A catalogue of Linnaeus works
This can be downloaded from Linnaeus Link, a website hosted by the Natural History Museum, UK.
"The project has produced digital versions (PDF format) of: A catalogue of the works of Linnaeus ... preserved in the libraries of the British Museum (Bloomsbury) and the British Museum (Natural History) (South Kensington) [now the British Library and The Natural History Museum], second edition, 1933 by Basil H Soulsby, and An index to the authors (other than Linnaeus) mentioned in the Catalogue of the works of Linnaeus preserved in the libraries of the British Museum, second edition, 1933 (1936) by C Davies Sherborn.
Celebrations in Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota, USA.
'Gustavus Adolphus College held its second Linnaeus Symposium on 25 Apr 2007. Symposium attendees engaged with well known ethnobotanists and Linnaean scholars and events included arboretum tours, formal public presentations, a garden dance, and a Swedish buffet. This year's symposium was called "Linnaeus @ 300" to correspond with the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist for whom the arboretum is named.'
Gustavus Adolphus College is the oldest Lutheran college in Minnesota, and was founded in 1862 by Swedish immigrants and named for Swedish King Gustav II Adolf. It has hosted the internationally recognised annual Nobel Conference since 1963.
About the sculpture - "Created by the late Paul T. Granlund, who was the Sculptor-in-Residence at Gustavus Adolphus College. The torso blends into the shape of a linden tree, and the wig includes impressions of the Linnaeus's beloved garden, the Linnaeus Botanical Gardens in Uppsala, Sweden."
Raffles Museum News: Linnaeus 300
Wed 28 Feb 2007
The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Vol. 55, No. 1 (28 Feb 2007)
Category : pub
The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Vol. 55, No. 1 (28 Feb 2007)
Volume 55 Number 1 of The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology is published today . All the articles are available for free download at the bibliography page, "pdfs of The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 1928 - 2007" - link.
TAXONOMY AND SYSTEMATICS
CONSERVATION AND ECOLOGY
Wed 14 Feb 2007
Recent Visitors at the Raffles Museum
Category : news
Tue 06 Feb 2007
Tue, 13 Feb 2007: 11am - "Using seahorse science to advance marine conservation."
Category : bejc
NUS Department of Biological Sciences: Biodiversity and Ecology Journal Club
Dr. Keith Martin-Smith
Tue 13 Feb 2006: 11am
DBS Conference Room
Host: Dr Tan Heok Hui
About the talk - Seahorses are powerful icons for marine conservation. They are affected by diverse anthropogenic pressures, particularly overexploitation, habitat destruction and incidental bycatch. Project Seahorse uses quantitative science on the response of seahorses to these pressures to develop innovative conservation solutions.
Our current research on population dynamics suggests that marine protected areas may not increase the abundance of seahorses but allow greater reproductive output per unit time. Seahorses also appear to have unusual growth and movement patterns when compared with most other fishes. I will demonstrate how these results can be used as leverage for marine conservation in general.
About the speaker - After an undergraduate degree in Botany at Cambridge University, Keith completed his PhD in Marine Biology at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia on the interactions between the large brown seaweed Sargassum and its associated epifaunal crustaceans. He then spent 3 years at Danum Valley Field Station in Sabah, conducting a postdoc on the effects of selective logging on freshwater fish (where he worked with a number of scientists from Peter Ng’s lab).
A second postdoc on the interactions between wild and farmed Atlantic salmon in Scotland led to his current position with Project Seahorse which began in 2000. He works on all aspects of syngnathid biology pertaining to conservation issues, particularly population dynamics, bycatch and marine protected areas
Tue 30 Jan 2007
Heok Hui is off to Brunei
Category : education
30 Jan - 05 Feb 2007: Research Officer/Instructor Tan Heok Hui will be the resource scientist for NUS High School of Math & Science's field course in Brunei.
A group 10 students from the school will be visiting Brunei on an exchange trip, and will bejoined by 10 students from Maktab Sains Brunei. Two teachers from each school will lead the group and the field course will run from 26th January to 5th February 2007.
They will be spending several days at Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre, to examine the aquatic life in the main stream and smaller feeder streams and conduct basic comparative studies. The students will also be taken on guided walks through the forests as well as the canopy walk.
Heok Hui has taken part in numerous field trips in Southeast Asia in the past 13 years, principally in the taxonomic pursuit of unravelling the poorly known fish diversity of the region.
For his doctoral thesis, he studied the fishes of the hill streams and headwaters of Borneo and this was published last year as a monograph.
Sat 25 Nov 2006
Category : people
Rohan Pethiyagoda of the Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka dropped by the Raffles Museum while passing though Singapore on 10th November 2006. Here he is in the Public Gallery with Tan Heok Hui.
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