Volume 12, Number 6
18 October 2005

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Board of Trustees Meets on October 17

The Board of Trustees of Bilkent University met on October 17, 2005. Present at the meeting were Chairman İhsan Doğramacı, Turgay Coskun, Yener Dinçmen, Enver Hasanoğlu, Feyza Erkan Krause, Ahmet Nalbur, Ersin Özince, Sencan Özme, Hüsnü Özyeğin, M. Lütfü Sel, Ergün Toğrol, Ergül Tunçbilek, and Rector Ali Doğramacı. (Continued)

Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Opens a New Season

The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra opened its current season on Saturday, October 15. The program included the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 and Mahler's Symphony No. 7. The conductor was the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director Emil Tabakov, and Hüseyin Sermet was the piano soloist.

At the next concert, on October 22, the guest artist will be the well-known flutist Şefika Kutluer. The full program for the concert is printed below. Tickets are available at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts. You can also buy your ticket by credit card by calling ext. 1775.

Saturday, October 22 at 8 p.m.
Bilkent Concert Hall
Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Emil Tabakov, Conductor
Şefika Kutluer, Flute
A. Vivaldi | Flute Concerto
No. 3, "Il Cardellino," in D
major (Op. 10)
A. Vivaldi | Flute Concerto No. 2, "La Notte," in G minor (Op. 10)
A. Vivaldi | Flute Concerto
No. 5 in F major (Op. 10)
A. Vivaldi | Flute Concerto
No. 1, "La Tempesta di
Mare," in F major (Op. 10)
R. Schumann | "Manfred"
P. I. Tchaikovsky | Suite
from "Swan Lake"

Doctors Discuss Avian Flu

A recent outbreak of influenza A (H5N1), also known as avian influenza or "bird flu," has been reported in several countries, including Turkey. Avian flu is a virus infection carried by birds. Over the past few years it has caused small but increasing numbers of human deaths in East Asia. Bilkent News interviewed Doctors Jale Erten and Ülker Türksoy of the Bilkent Health Centers and Professor Tayfun Özçelik of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics about avian influenza. Prof. Özçelik and Drs. Erten and Türksoy summarized the mainstream views of international agencies regarding the virus as follows: (Continued)

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Tekin Ertan Receives 2005 Nestlé Pro Gastronomia Foundation Award

Tekin Ertan, instructor and former Deputy Director of the School of Applied Technology and Management, has been named as the recipient of the Nestlé Pro Gastronomia Foundation Award for 2005.

The award is presented every year to "honour a professional who has demonstrated excellence in training, education and development work in the hospitality industry."

This year's award will be presented during the closing ceremony of the EuroCHRIE 2005 Conference to be held in Paris, France, in late October. EuroCHRIE is the European Federation of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education.

Alisbah Fellowship Awarded to MATH Students

Two students, Baris Evren Uğurcan (MATH/III) and Olcay Coşkun (Ph.D.) received the "Orhan Alisbah Fellowship Award" on October 14, at the Department of Mathematics awards ceremony.

The Orhan Alisbah Fellowship is conferred in memory of Prof. Orhan Alisbah (1910-1989), one of the best-known mathematicians in Turkey. Orhan Alisbah's son, Prof. Bilsel Alisbah, has presented fellowships to students in the Department of Mathematics at Bilkent annually since 1998. This fellowship serves to preserve the memory of Prof. Alisbah, in particular as a role model for young mathematicians.

Donations Needed

The Student Union's Community Services Project is running a campaign to assist the students of Hikmet Uluğbay Primary School in Şabanözü village near Polatli. The aim of this campaign is to provide the following basic items:
- Stationery - Books (primary school level)
- Clothes (in good condition) - Toys
(in good condition)
If you would like to take part in this campaign, please bring in your donations to Ms. Sena Özel, Student Union Building, Room Z-03, before 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 24.

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