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Submitted by darmstro on Tue, 08/23/2016 - 12:40pm

In Memoriam Sinan Şencan

With great sadness we report the untimely November 2nd 2018 death of one of our PhD Candidates, Sinan Şencan, from complications due to diabetes. Sinan came to Calgary in 2014 after completing a BA in Philosophy from the Middle East Technical University and a MA in Philosophy from Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University. His PhD research project, tentatively titled “Scientific Pluralism from a Biological Perspective”, was to have been defended this academic year. Sinan was actively involved in the philosophy of biology research community and was in Seattle this past weekend to present a paper at the 2018 meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association.

Sinan will be remembered by his friends and colleagues for his generosity. He graced the department with his kindness and with his delightful sense of humour. He was also a conscientious and dedicated instructor well-liked by his students. We all feel a profound loss at his sudden and unexpected passing.

Sinan is survived by his parents and his wife, Dr. Zümrüt Alpinar Şencan. A memorial in the department will be announced at a later date.

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