Volume 12, Number 7
25 October 2005

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82nd Anniversary of the Turkish Republic

Happy Republic Day!

Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Republic Day Concert Program

Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m. Bilkent Concert Hall

Conductor: Işın Metin

Directorate General of State Opera and Ballet Choir and Soloists:
Erkin Onay - Violin, Sayra Seyhan - Soprano, Murat Karahan - Tenor,
Beran Sertkaya - Bass

Ferit Tüzün / Inspirations
Ulvi Cemal Erkin / Violin Concerto
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Ahmed Adnan Saygun / Cantata in the Old Style, Op.19
Muammer Sun / "Kurtulu
ş" and "Cumhuriyet" Suites

GBP Volunteers Participate in Nationwide Program

Genç Bakış Projesi (GBP), one of the projects of the Bilkent Toplum Duyarlılık Projeleri/Toplum Gönüllüleri Vakfı (TDP/TOG) group, is contributing to a nationwide program that aims to acquaint primary and high school students with the concept of volunteerism.

Last year, TOG, a non-governmental organization based on the volunteer activities of university students, signed a protocol with the Ministry of Education (MEB), which is intended to increase awareness of volunteer work among students in primary and high schools by involving them in volunteer projects. This will help them to develop a sense of social responsibility, enable them to take part in solving social problems within the local region of their schools and emphasize to them the importance of civil society. (Continued)

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Republic Run 2005 Results

On Saturday, October 22, at 11 a.m., Bilkenters of all ages--runners, joggers and walkers--gathered outside the East Campus Sports Hall for a run celebrating the 82nd anniversary of the Republic of Turkey. The participants ran a 5-km course from the East Campus to the Main Campus. An awards ceremony then took place in the Main Campus Sports Hall, at which the winners received trophies.

This year's run had a special feature. As part of the Üniversite Halk Buluşması (University-Community Relations) project, Çubuk Lisesi was invited to participate in the run as a "guest school." (Continued)


Nanotransistors, Nanolasers and More: Bilkent Researchers Investigate New Technologies

"Nano" means dwarf in the Greek language. Today, it is used to designate a specific unit of measurement: a nanometer is one-thousandth of a millimeter. To give an idea of how small that is, only three atoms can fit into a nanometer. The term is also used in words like nanoscience and nanotechnology, which are fields that involve studying and working with matter on an atomic scale.

Cutting-edge research work is currently in progress at Bilkent's Nanotechnology Research Center (NANOTAM), established three years ago. The center is dedicated to research in experimental nanoscience and nanotechnology, with a strong emphasis on education and training. NANOTAM is directed by Prof. Ekmel Özbay. The center's associate director is Asst. Prof. Hilmi Volkan Demir. and, Asst. Prof. Özgür Aktaş works as a faculty member in the center. (Continued)

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