Volume 13, Number 15
28 December

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Prof. Stanford Shaw’s
Memorial Service

On December 21, Bilkent University arranged a memorial service for the late Prof. Stanford Shaw to mourn his sudden loss on December 15 and honor his invaluable contributions and hospitable personality.
The program began with the violoncellist Mr. Hajreddin Hoxha’s performance of parts of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major. Following the performance, Ms. Behice Özlem Gökakın, a Ph.D. student of Prof. Shaw’s from the Department of International Relations, gave a speech about the cheerful and sympathetic character of Prof. Shaw, his strong attachment to his family, and his kindness toward his students. Afterward, Mr. Zharmukhamed Zardykan, a Ph.D. student of Prof. Shaw’s from the Department of History talked about the good relationship between Prof. Shaw and his students and his meticulous scientific personality.

After the speeches from the perspectives of his students, the daughter of Prof. Shaw, Dr. Wendy Meryem Kural-Shaw-Arslan, came to the stage and shared her dearest feelings and memories regarding her father, including some scenes from the private life of the Shaw family and their experiences in the United States. Finally, Prof. Metin Heper, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, and Administrative and Social Sciences, read the condolence letters and messages of Prof. Shaw’s longtime friends and colleagues, and shared memories about Prof. Shaw’s Bilkent years.

At the end of all of the speeches, participants gathered to express their condolences to his wife Prof. Ayşe Ezel Kural-Shaw, his daughter Dr. Wendy Meryem Kural-Shaw-Arslan and his son-in-law Dr. Savaş Arslan.
A Memorial Book has been established for Prof. Stanford Jay Shaw. Those who would like to write their thoughts and feelings about Prof. Shaw, please drop by the Dean's Office in the Faculty of Economic, Administrative and Social Sciences (FEASS).

Selin Sayek Böke of the Economics Department is Internationally Acclaimed

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Dr. Sayek Böke of the Economics Department was chosen as a recipient of an “Excellence Award in Global Economic Affairs” by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Germany. The Institute, a world-renowned center for economic studies, is aspiring to build a network of “the brightest young researchers in the area of global economic affairs” and the awards enable these young economists to work together and use the Institute’s research facilities. Dr. Sayek Böke won the award for her important contributions to the study of the determinants and effects of foreign direct investments (e.g., purchases of physical assets such as factories by foreigners). She joins economists from Wharton, the University of Michigan and the European Central Bank as an inaugural member of the network.

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Board of Trustees Meets

The Board of Trustees of Bilkent University met on December 22, 2006 under the chairmanship of Professor İhsan Doğramacı. Among the trustees who attended the meeting were: İlker Baybars, Turgay Coşkun, Gülsev Kale, Ahmet Nalbur, Ersin Özince, Hüsnü Özyeğin, Muhsin Saraçlar, Ergün Toğrol, Ergül Tunçbilek, Boğaç Üner, and Rector Ali Doğramacı. A number of proposals were discussed and approved.
At the meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a proposal for the changes to the current visiting student policy. Previously, students were allowed to study abroad for only two semesters but the new measure will allow undergraduate students to study abroad for a longer period with the recommendation of the Faculty Executive Committee and the approval of the University Senate.

The Council for Higher Education (YÖK) has made several changes to university disciplinary regulations. The Senate considered these changes and approved and proposed the changes to the Board of Trustees whose recent approval means the changes are now in effect at Bilkent. Importantly, the Rector may now authorize a committee composed of members of the faculties, institutes and vocational schools to carry out certain disciplinary investigations. In addition, there have been extensions to the time periods involved in disciplinary investigations. For more information on these changes please see: http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/bilkent/admin-unit/   hukukm/edisiplin.html#1 

In addition, the board also discussed and approved changes to the regulations of the Halil İnalcık Center for Ottoman Studies. The board also approved a minor change concerning the academic standing of candidates for the Student Council. Please see: http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/bilkent-tr/living/ konsey/yon1.html

At the meeting, the board of trustees also approved the proposal for the new Master of Arts program in Conference Interpreting in the School of Applied Languages - Department of Translation and Interpreting. The program, developed along the guidelines provided by the European Commission, will admit English, French and Turkish speaking candidates from various disciplines. It aims to provide highly specialized and professional conference interpreters who may be able to practice their profession in Turkey and abroad. Candidates applying for admission to the program will not be asked to present LES scores and will not be presenting a thesis. This one-year program will be conducted with the help of European Commission experts and professional, practicing interpreters. Further information will be made available shortly on the school's web site.
Another proposal established a joint master's program with Bilkent University's Faculty of Business Administration and Tilburg University in Holland. This is a dual degree program where students will earn an MBA from Bilkent in addition to a M.Sc. from Tilburg's Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in one of five possible areas over two years. This will be similar to the dual degree programs between Bilkent's Economics Department and Tilburg announced last year.

Another proposal concerned the foundation of a new institute for research on nanotechnology headed by Prof. Salim Çıracı and his colleagues.

Finally, the Board of Trustees considered and agreed upon the budget for the coming year.

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