Volume 11, Number 4
12 October 2004

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UNICEF’s New Home in Turkey Opens on Bilkent Campus

The Turkish National Committee for UNICEF moved to a new building on Bilkent's main campus on Tuesday, October 5. The building was donated by Honorary President Prof. İhsan Doğramacı. The committee will continue its work to promote the well-being of children in Turkey in its new location.

The Turkish National Committee for UNICEF was established in 1956 to increase public awareness of UNICEF in Turkey and to raise funds. UNICEF National Committees help to generate a deeper understanding of the rights and needs of children in their respective countries. In addition to their regular tasks, such as selling UNICEF greeting cards and products, fund-raising, public relations and education for development, National Committees also undertake emergency and other special relief campaigns. The Turkish National Committee for UNICEF contributes directly to projects focusing on the health, education and protection of the children of Turkey and the world.

The opening ceremony of the new National Committee House at Bilkent was hosted by the committee's president, Prof. Talat Halman. Among the attendees was UNICEF Representative Edmond McLoughney. During the ceremony, Prof. İhsan Doğramacı presented his thoughts with these words, "In a little while we shall be opening the UNICEF House, which is a physical building. But the home of the children is in our hearts."

The UNICEF House is located on the main campus, near the Student Council Building. There are many UNICEF products and greeting cards for sale, with proceeds going to benefit the organization's work for children. Please stop by and take a look -- your purchase could save a child's life! Phone: ext. 3390.


EE Graduate Wins Inventor Award











Özgür Şahin, a Bilkent graduate (EE ’01), is the grand prize winner in this year's Collegiate Inventors Competition. The competition is a joint project of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. At a ceremony held at the Inventors Hall of Fame, Şahin received a medal and a cash award of $50,000 for his invention of a nanoscale microscope that gives medical researchers a powerful new way to study biological processes.

Özgür Şahin received his M.S. degree from Stanford University in 2003 and is currently a Ph.D. student at Stanford in the Department of Electrical Engineering. He is developing a nanomechanical sensor and imaging technique that can potentially map chemical compositional variations and quantitatively image material properties across surfaces.
As a Bilkent graduate, Şahin had the following message for Bilkent students: "Dear Friends at Bilkent, Bilkent is one of the best universities in the world, where you can receive a good education and also improve yourselves socially. You should make use of every opportunity that Bilkent offers."

This year's winners were selected from a field of 120 entrants from colleges and universities around the world. Fourteen finalists were selected and were further evaluated during two days of interviews and presentations before a panel of judges in Akron. The Collegiate Inventors Competition, now in its 15th year, is designed to encourage college students to excel in science, engineering, mathematics and technology.

Also in this issue:

President of Chile to Receive Honorary Doctorate

H.E. Ricardo Lagos Escobar, the President of Chile, is to be awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Bilkent University.
A graduate of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Ricardo Lagos Escobar has been President of the Republic of Chile since March 2000. During the 80’s Lagos played an important role in the struggle for the recovery of democracy in his country. In 1990 he was named Minister of Education. In that position he instituted educational reforms that prioritized equal opportunity in access to education and sought to improve the quality of teaching. Ricardo Lagos Escobar has served his country and the world as a statesman, humanitarian and intellectual.


The special ceremony will take place at the Bilkent Concert Hall on Tuesday, October 12 (today) at 12 p.m.
All academic and administrative staff, as well as students, are invited to the ceremony.

Buses will leave from in front of the Engineering Faculty building on the Main Campus and from in front of Bilintur Cafeteria on the East Campus at 11:30 a.m. and will take passengers back to the same locations after the ceremony.


GRA Students Continue to Win

Bilkent graphic design students continue to win awards. Two graphic design students received awards for the creativity of their work at the Antalya Altyn Portakal Poster Competition and the Packaging Design National Student Competition.

Betim Bozkurt, a senior graphic design student, won second prize in the poster competition for "The 41st Antalya Altın Portakal Film Festival," 2004, organized by the Antalya Art and Culture Foundation. Bilkent graphic design students have been awarded many prizes in this competition in the past as well.
Another senior graphic design student, Begüm Göcük, won a merit prize in the "Ambalajın Süregelen Kullanımı" category in the Packaging Design National Student Competition, 2004. Her design is a transparent shoe package which is still in the form of a box, but with a totally different opening mechanism that enables the package to be reused more efficiently. This competition is jointly organized by The Turkish Packaging Industry Association and TÜYAP.

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