Volume 13, Number 17
06 Feburary

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Volunteer: Change Lives
Including Your Own

Many Bilkent students are familiar with the work of TDP (Toplumsal Duyarlılık Projeleri / Community Projects), which is carried out by Bilkent student volunteers and supported by other organizations such as Toplum Gönüllüleri Vakfı (TOG) and Uygar Görme Engelliler Derneği. These organizations allow students to volunteer in several activities, such as tutoring elementary school students in underprivileged areas, teaching sports, art, and computer classes, or visiting elderly people in retirement homes.

TDP is ready for the new semester. In addition to ongoing projects, TDP's latest project is the International Project Group, which was created to help TDP volunteers actively participate in the European Union Youth Project that started April 1, 2004 in Turkey. Turkey's being a participating country provides TDP with the opportunity of both hosting projects in Turkey and taking part in projects abroad. Among the subjects handled in these international projects are matters of global concern such as racism, xenophobia and human rights. One of TDP's upcoming projects is the Action-1 Project of Youth Program in Slovenia in May 2007.

TDP is planning to focus on the education of its volunteers this semester by organizing seminars, conferences, and workshops in order to increase the quality of its social services. "We believe that we will be one step closer in our projects with the help of these forums. To increase the attendance we will be certifying the volunteers who complete these programs," says Ceren Çerçi (ECON/III) a TDP correspondent.

TDP is also planning to organize a seminar and workshop series open to all Bilkent students on volunteering to increase social awareness throughout Bilkent. "We believe we need to increase all kinds of volunteering activities to increase public awareness. To see children smiling with a happy eye means more than anything else does. The most important part of volunteering is to have a chance to be involved in the different worlds of people, which you cannot learn from any book. You have to experience it.

Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Concert of the Week

Saturday, February 10 at 8 p.m.
Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Emil Tabakov
G. Mahler / Symphony No. 9 in D major

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World Record Broken
in Computational Electromagnetics!

The Bilkent University Computational Electromagnetics Research Center (BiLCEM) is an excellence center that is dedicated to the study of the solution of real-life electromagnetics problems using cutting-edge computing technologies. Applications involve radars, antennas, nanostructures, metamaterials, microelectronics, optics, mobile phone systems, etc. These complicated problems require the numerical solution of extremely large matrix equations. For example, the F-16 fighter illustrated in the picture (page 2) is modeled with millions of triangles. BiLCEM researchers develop fast solution techniques to solve such large problems. They also use high-performance computers and construct parallel computing platforms to satisfy the high computational requirements needed for the solutions of millions of unknowns. BiLCEM studies are supported by TÜBİTAK, TÜBA, Aselsan, and SSM. (continues)

Chair Appointments

Two new administrative appointments mark the beginning of the 2007 spring semester. Asst. Prof. Edward Kohn of the Department of History has been appointed acting chair of the Department of American Culture and Literature and Asst. Prof. Oya Pancaroğlu has been appointed acting chair of the Department of Archeology and History of Art.(continues)

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