James D. Watson: Journey into the World of DNA
An exhibition consisting of
documents pertaining to the history of molecular biology and the
scientific life of James D. Watson, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist
who (along with his collaborator Francis Crick) is credited with
determining the structure of the DNA molecule, will be opening on
Wednesday, April 12 in the Bilkent Faculty of Science.
Watson, one of the most
influential researchers in the short history of the field of genetics,
was born in Chicago in 1928. A precocious student, he entered the
University of Chicago at the age of 15. He received his Bachelor of
Science degree in Zoology four years later, and went on to earn a Ph.D.
in the same subject at Indiana University. (Continued)
Invitation to Nominate Your Distinguished Teacher
The Nomination process for
the 2006 Distinguished Teaching Awards has started today (Tuesday, April
11). During the past nine years, Bilkent University has presented a "Distinguished
Teaching Award to a small number of faculty members each year on the
basis of nominations made by students and alumni. Nominations are
currently being accepted for the "Bilkent University Distinguished
Teaching Award 2006."
Students are urged to
nominate a faculty member (Instructor, Lecturer, Language Lecturer or
Asst./Assoc./ Full Professor) whose teaching abilities they feel are
worthy of special praise and recognition. All full-time academic staff
members who have been teaching at Bilkent University for at least two
academic years are eligible for nomination. (Continued)
New Joint Research Project Reveals
Metalworking Mysteries of Anatolias
Bronze Age Hatti Folk
A scientific undertaking
was recently launched by Prof. Hasan Erten from the Department of
Chemistry and Dr. Thomas Zimmermann from the Department of Archaeology
and History of Art in collaboration with Dr. Abdullah Zararsız from the
Turkish State Nuclear Research and Training Center in Sarayköy and Assoc.
Prof. Dr. Tayfun Yıldırım from Ankara University's Faculty of Languages,
History and Geography.
The project, coordinated by
Dr. Zimmermann, involves analyzing metal and stone artifacts excavated
in Early Bronze Age cemeteries in north central Anatolia, the Anatolian
heartland (traditionally identified as "Hatti").
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FADA Members Exhibit Works in Georgia
as Part of Cultural Exchange
Members of Bilkent's Faculty of
Art, Design and Architecture have recently had the first showing of
their "0004" exhibition. This is the fourth annual joint exhibition by
FADA members. While the 0001, 0002 and 0003 exhibitions took place in
Ankara, the 0004 exhibition opened at the Tbilisi State Art Academy in
Georgia, as part of a Turkish-Georgian cultural exchange project.
Fifteen members of the departments of Fine Arts, Graphic Design and
Communication and Design presented their works: Alexander Djikia, Ferhan
Erder, Nina Kertselli, Hayati Misman, Ahmet Özsalar, Ercan Sağlam, Ilgım
Veryeri and Beata Zalevska (FA); Işık Aksoy, Marek Brzozowsky, Murat
Gürzumar, Alessandro Segalini and Mariusz Sladczyk (GRA); and, Andreas
Treske (COMD). (Continued)
Novelist Elif Şafak Shares Insights into Literature
literature doesn't mean talking about who I am--it means
trying to understand the human being I can't be."
Bilkent's Center for Turkish Literature played host to the brilliant
young novelist Elif Safak on Wednesday, April 5. Dr. Şafak shared her
personal writing journey, which she called "her literature," with
faculty members, students and guests, who filled the C-Block
In addition to being a novelist, Dr.
Şafak is a social scientist. She
graduated from the Department of International Relations at Middle East
Technical University and holds an M.S. degree in Gender and Women's
Studies and a Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science.
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