Volume 12, Number 12
6 December 2005

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New Student Council Executive Committee Takes Office

The Student Council's new Executive Committee was elected on Wednesday,
November 30. The outgoing Executive Committee members will hand their
responsibilities over to their successors during a ceremony to be held at Mithat Çoruh Auditorium on Wednesday, December 14, at 4 p.m.
We would
like to take this opportunity to wish the newly elected members an
eventful and productive year.


Dr. Phyllis Erdoğan
Bilkent Vice President

After 20 years of service as University Librarian, Dr. Phyllis Erdoğan will leave that position on January 3, 2006, to focus on her work with Bilkent's founder and president, Dr. İhsan Doğramacı. Barbara von Wahlde, Vice President for Libraries at SUNY-Buffalo, will serve as Interim Director of the Bilkent University Library.

Dr. Erdoğan, a Bilkent Vice President, recalled how the library had its meager beginnings in one of the buildings now housing faculty. Today, the library's Main Campus building is a Bilkent landmark, and there are library premises on the East Campus as well. (Continued)


US National Collage Society Award Goes to Bilkent Faculty Member

Artist and Department of Fine Arts Assistant Professor Ilgım Veryeri Alaca is to receive the National Collage Society's 21st Annual Juried
Exhibit Award at the Butler Institute of American Art. The National Collage Society is a non-profit arts foundation headquartered in Hudson, Ohio. The jury selected her collage entitled "War of Water" for the award.

She will be an invited guest at this year's exhibit, where her artwork is on view. (Continued)


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Prof. Ekmel Özbay Receives EU’s Descartes Research Prize

Prof. Özbay receiving his award from European Commissioner for Science
and Research Janez Potocnik

Prof. Ekmel Özbay of the Physics Department has received the 2005 EU
Descartes Prize for Research Laureates. This prestigious prize, established by the European Commission in 2000, is awarded annually to teams of researchers who have achieved outstanding scientific or technological
results through collaborative research. This year, the prize was shared among five transnational teams that made major breakthroughs in key research areas.

The EXEL research team, of which Prof. Özbay is a member, won their award for creating and developing a new class of artificial metamaterials. The team's other lead researchers are from IESL-FORTH (Greece), the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (UK), Karlsruhe-CFN (Germany) and Duke University (USA). (Continued)

Research By Bilkent Faculty Members, Alumni Featured on the Cover of "Physical Review Letters"

Bilkent University takes pride in its participation in world-class research. The quality of Bilkent research was validated further when two articles written by Bilkent faculty members and alumni were featured on the cover of "Physical Review Letters" this year. "Physical Review Letters" is a very prestigious physics journal and has a wide impact on science and technology.

The first paper, entitled "Photonic Band Gap via Quantum Coherence in Vortex Lattices of Bose-Einstein Condensates," was written by Assistant Professor M. Özgür Oktel of the Department of Physics, in collaboration with Assistant Professor Özgür E. Müstecaplıoğlu of Koç University. Dr. Müstecaplıoğlu received both his undergraduate degree and his Ph.D. from Bilkent.

In another issue, "Physical Review Letters" selected the work of two Bilkent University alumni to feature on its cover. Nuri Öncel, Oğuzhan Gürlü and their collaborators at the University of Twente realized detection of quantum confined electron states between stable platinum nanowires self-organized on a germanium surface.




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