Volume 14, Number 14
January 2, 2007

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BiLCEM Researchers Double the World Record in Computational Electromagnetics
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At the start of 2007, BiLCEM (Computational Electromagnetics Research Center of Bilkent University) Director Prof. Levent Gürel announced that they had solved the world's largest problem in computational electromagnetics involving 42 million unknowns. In less than one year, BiLCEM researchers doubled the world record by solving huge mathematical problems involving as many as 85 million unknowns. This achievement paves the way for solutions to a vast variety of physical problems that were previously unsolvable. Many disciplines, such as medical imaging, nanotechnology, remote sensing, and optics, can benefit. For example, BiLCEM researchers have been able to study the electromagnetic properties of the world's largest metamaterial structures. Metamaterials are artificial materials that exhibit very interesting electromagnetic properties. They have potential applications for invisibility shields and sub-wavelength focusing. Prominent institutions, such as SSM, ASELSAN, TÜBİTAK, and TÜBA, have been supporting BiLCEM's research.

2008 Starts with a Bang at the Bilkent Concert Hall

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The tradition of holding tremendous concerts featuring world class musicians in the Bilkent Concert Hall continues throughout the month of January. If you haven't been to a show yet, there is no better time than a crisp winters evening, in a fresh, young year to head out to the warmth and comfort of such an impressive theatre. If you are a regular visitor, then you will not find yourself disappointed with what is in store for you in early 2008. To find out more on upcoming events, and to get tickets, call ext. 2280 or 1775. Upcoming shows include:

Tuesday, January 8 at 8 p.m.
Night Music

Gülsin Onay, piano
L. van Beethoven | Moonlight Sonate in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2
F. Chopin | Nocturne in
F sharp minor, Op.48 No.2
F. Chopin | Nocturne in
E flat major, Op.9 No.2
F. Chopin | Ballade in
A flat major, Op.47 No.3
C. Debussy | Images, livre 2
M. Ravel | "Gaspard de la Nuit"

For the benefit of the Turkish National Committee for UNICEF

Tuesday, January 29 at 8 p.m.
Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Antoni Wit, Conductor
İdil Biret, piano
L. van Beethoven | Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor
Op. 37
L. van Beethoven | Piano Concerto No.5 "Emperor" in
E flat major Op. 73

Tuesday, January 22 at 8 p.m.
Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Antoni Wit, Conductor
İdil Biret, piano
L. van Beethoven | Piano Concerto No.1 in C major Op. 15
L. van Beethoven | Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major Op. 19
L. van Beethoven | Piano Concerto No.4 in G major Op. 58

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Setting the Course: A Message from Your Student Council President
nil sever)As the President of your Student Council for the 2007-2008 academic year, I would like to take this opportunity to let you know about our plans for the upcoming New Year. Our main goal is to encourage an open dialogue with all students. We are dedicated to becoming more aware of the needs and wishes of Bilkenters, and plan to achieve an organized connection with student clubs and create a flow of new ideas, and foster an atmosphere of support and cooperation.

It is our desire to develop new activities that haven't been tried before, and to continue improving upon some of the successful projects of the past. We have been planning social, educational and cultural activities with the idea of improving the post-secondary educational experience for all students. Beyond that, we have a strong dedication to representing our university in the best way possible. We see ourselves as the voice for the students, not only within the school, but also on a national and international level.
On behalf of all members of your newly elected Student Council, I wish you a successful and creative 2008. We look forward to working with you, and hearing about your expectations from us in order to make this the best year possible at Bilkent University!

Student Council President,
Nil Sever (IAED/IV)



7 February 2008 - Thursday   
Announcement of COPE (Stage 2) Results
7-10 February 2008 - Thursday - Sunday    
Spring Semester  Course Registrations

11 February 2008 - Monday    
Classes Begin
25 February 2008 - Monday    
Last Day for Dropping / Adding Courses

23 April 2008 - Wednesday   
National Holiday
5 May 2008 - Monday       
Last Day to Withdraw from Courses
8-10 May 2008 - Thursday - Saturday
Spring Festival

19 May 2008 - Monday       
National Holiday
20 May 2008 - Tuesday    
Last Day of Classes Follow Wednesday Schedule of Classes

21 May 2008 - Wednesday     
Beginning of Final Examinations
31 May 2008 - Saturday
Last Day of Final Examinations
3 June 2008 - Tuesday       
Last Day for Submission of Course Grades

http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/ bilkent/academic/calendar/

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