Volume 13, Number 30
15 May

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Maestro Ashkenazy at Bilkent

Vladimir Ashkenazy is perhaps one of the most renowned and inspiring conductors of our time, and the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra will have the honor of being conducted by him on May 19. Accompanied by Gülsin Onay, Rahmaninof's Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 100 will be performed.
Russian born Vladimir Ashkenazy began his music career playing the piano, and moved on to conducting in 1973 after moving to Iceland. He has many awards and recognitions, including a number of Grammy awards. This is Ashkenazy's first time performing in Ankara.

The concert will be held on Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the Bilkent Concert Hall. Tickets can be purchased at the Concert Hall, Dost Kitapevi (Kızılay, Kavaklıdere, Ankuva), Beymen (Arjantin street), and Diapason (Kavaklıdere). There will be free buses an hour before the show from Tunus and Sıhhiye. For more information, you can call ext. 2280 or 1775.

Sera De Vor (AMER/II)

Cevdet Kudret Book Donation and Panel

Cevdet Kudret (Solok), the prominent author and scholar of Turkish literature, was born in 1907 and died in 1992. His family has donated his book collection through the Center for Turkish Literature to the Bilkent Library. On the occasion of the official acquisition of the collection, Bilkent will hold a ceremony and organize a panel discussion on Tuesday, May 22, 2007. The ceremony at the library will start at 5 p.m. with a tribute by Rector Prof. Ali Doğramacı and a speech by Dr. David Thornton, Director of Bilkent Library. On behalf of Cevdet Kudret's family, his daughter Ayşe Kudret will deliver a brief address after which a plaque acknowledging the receipt of the donation of this impressive book collection will be placed on the wall of Bilkent Library's lobby.

Following the ceremony, the Center for Turkish Literature will present a panel discussion at 6 p.m. in the 'C' Block Auditorium in the FEASS building. The event will pay tribute to and evaluate the contributions of the critic, scholar, poet, and short story writer Cevdet Kudret. The speakers will be Prof. Dr. Metin And, Yusuf Çötüksöken, Dr. Efnan Dervisoğlu, and Assoc. Prof. Handan İnci. The panel discussion will end at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to everyone.

Long-Time Head of International Relations Department to Step Down as Chair

Prof. Dr. Ali Karaosmanoğlu, who assumed the chairmanship of the Bilkent University Department of International Relations shortly after its foundation, has decided after nearly 20 years of leading the department to step down from his position as Chair and to stay on as a member of the IR faculty. In addition to his long-time leadership position at Bilkent University and his invaluable efforts in the building of the Bilkent IR department, Dr. Karaosmanoğlu is widely recognized as an icon of the Turkish International Relations community. (continues)


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Bilkent Faculty Receive TÜBA Awards

From left to right: Asst. Prof. Hüseyin Çağrı Sağlam, Asst. Prof. Mehmet Bayındır, Asst. Prof. Vakur Behçet Ertürk, Asst. Prof. Refet Soykan Gürkaynak

TÜBA (Turkish Academy of Sciences) announced the Encouragement Awards, which were first introduced in 1995 to support high-profile scientists in the fields of social sciences. Asst. Prof. Hüseyin Çağrı Sağlam (ECON) was awarded this year for his acclaimed publications on Lagrange multipliers, boundary conditions and optimal control problems that play a significant role in the analysis of economic growth models.

In 2001, the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) introduced the Program of Awarding Young Scientists (GEBİP), to encourage successful young scientists in the fields of natural sciences, engineering, medicine and social sciences. This year, 26 young scientists were awarded within the context of this program. Asst. Prof. Mehmet Bayındır (PHYS), Asst. Prof. Vakur Behçet Ertürk (EE), and Asst. Prof. Refet Soykan Gürkaynak (ECON) from Bilkent were among the 26 scientists receiving the Outstanding Young Scientist Award (TÜBA-GEBİP).

Hilmi Yavuz Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Hilmi Yavuz, senior lecturer in the Department of Turkish Literature, was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa degree by Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar University Senate, (İstanbul), in recognition of his contributions to Turkish literature.

The title will be conferred upon him on May 21, 2007 at a special ceremony to be held at MSGSU Auditorium.

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