First Invited Review Paper in the Journal Science
University Nanotechnology Research Center director Prof. Dr.
Ekmel Özbay has recently published an invited review paper in Science,
the weekly journal of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science. Science has a large and diverse readership all over the world,
and is generally considered the preeminent scientific journal by
in all fields of science. In addition to approximately 100 regular
contributed papers, the journal publishes a single invited review paper
each issue. The invited review articles are requested from prominent
researchers in selected research areas, in order to provide new
interpretations and directions for Science's readers.
Prof. Talat Halman's "Nightingales and
Pleasure Gardens" Receives Major
"Nightingales and Pleasure
Gardens: Turkish Love Poems," translated and edited by Dr. Talat S.
Halman, Chair of the Department of Turkish Literature, has been named
one of the top ten university press books for 2005 by ForeWord Magazine,
an American review publication. The first anthology of Turkish love
poetry in English, the book contains poems written over a period of
almost fifteen centuries.
The ForeWord commendation states: "Presenting poetry in translation
calls for courage: technical difficulties can overwhelm. The
translations simply have to 'work,' and Halman's do. Some sixty poets,
from Aprin Çor Tigin to contemporaries appear, each with an identifying
note.... The book offers not only the delights of Turkish poetry, but
also a cultural education."
There are over 120 university presses in the United States that publish
a total of approximately 12,000 titles annually. To be selected as one
of the top ten from this field of publications is an impressive honor.
Bilkent Loses Kamuran Gündemir
Prof. Kamuran Gündemir, (piano
professor at the Faculty of Music and
Performing Arts and Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory)
passed away on February 4, 2006. Prof. Gündemir is well known as the
teacher of such young piano masters as Fazıl Say, Muhittin Dürrüoğlu
Demiriz and Emre Elivar.
We would like to extend our
sincere condolences to the Gündemir family.
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Nazım Hikmets Herşeye Rağmen on Stage
Students in the
Department of Theater are staging several more performances of Nazım
Hikmet's "Herşeye Rağmen," their graduation play, following successful
performances last semester. Generally considered the first and foremost
modern Turkish poet, Nazım Hikmet is also known around the world as one
of the greatest poets of the twentieth century; his works have been
translated into more than fifty languages.
Under the general art
direction of Prof. Cüneyt Gökçer, the play is directed by Zurab
Sikharulidze. Performances will take place on February 17 and March 3,
10, 17 and 24, at 8 p.m., at the FMPA Theater Hall.
Participate in MUN-TR 2006 in Ankara
The Model United Nations-Turkey
(MUN-TR) 2006 Conference took place in the Ankara Sheraton Hotel
February 7-10, attended by over 150 student delegates from from all over
the world. The students came from 13 universities in Turkey and 5 in
other countries, as well as 2 high schools. Guest speakers at the
conference included former President of the Republic of Turkey Süleyman
Demirel, former Ambassador Umut Arık and international law expert Harry
Tzimitraz, giving delegates the chance to listen to and exchange ideas
with top names in the field of international relations.
The event was organized
with the cooperation of the Foreign Ministry,
the United Nations Ankara office, the Greater Ankara Municipality and
the MUN-TR organization team. The official sponsor of the conference
Bilkent was the Bilkent Diplomacy and International Relations Club.
During a model United
Nations conference, students enact a UN session
at which they debate and negotiate international issues as "representatives"
of the nations of the world. At MUN-TR 2006, the 20 delegates from
Bilkent represented countries as diverse as Cuba and Israel.
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