Volume 14, Number 19
March 11, 2008

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First Gene Implicated in "Quadrupedal Gait" in Humans Identified


A team of scientists in Bilkent University's "Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics" have identified the first gene implicated in the upright walking of humans. The study, which was published on-line in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" (PNAS), USA, reports that the gene encoding the very low density lipoprotein receptor (VLDLR) has undergone mutation in two families in which multiple relatives walk by quadrupedal gait. (continues)

Bilkent Moot Court Team in Vienna

bilkent moot court team

The Faculty of Law Moot Court Team, made up of fourth year law students Pınar Çağlayan, Mustafa Durakoğlu, Utku Kerem Kırklar and Öncü Serter, will participate in the "15th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot" in Vienna, March 14 to 20.

This annual competition aims to promote study in the areas of international commercial law and arbitration, and encourage the resolution of business disputes through arbitration. Moot participants will face a case based on an international sales transaction under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, 1980 (the CISG). The moot will consist of two stages: the submission of a written memoranda for the Claimant and the Respondent, and a hearing of oral arguments based on the memoranda.

Library Lunchtime Lecture Series Begin with Prof. Halman

talat halman

Prof. Talat Halman, Dean of Humanities and Letters at Bilkent University, opened this semester's Library Lunchtime Lecture series on March 6, with an entertaining presentation entitled "Shakespeare the Turk". Prof. Halman's talk was based on his book

"Türk" Shakespeare: Shakespeare'in Dünyasında Kahramanlar ve Soytarılar (Ankara: Hece Yayınları, 2003) and was a performance of classic and comic interpretations of Shakespeare's work from Turkey, England and elsewhere in the world. Following the talk, Prof. Halman answered questions from the audience. The lecture took place in the Main Campus Library Art Gallery, and the audience was supplied with refreshments. The Bilkent University Library is extremely grateful to Prof. Halman for agreeing to open this lecture series. The Library Lunchtime Lectures will continue on March 27 with a lecture on evolution and human diseases by Prof. H. Tayfun Özçelik (MBG).

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CDPC Career Fair: A Chance to Determine Your Future

The Career and Development Placement Center (CDPC) is holding a Career Fair, Thursday, March 13. This is a great opportunity for students to meet with representatives from about 44 different companies and find out about their recruitment policies.

This will be an annual career fair, designed to supplement the seminars and workshops put together by the CDPC. The event takes place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Main Sports Hall. Find out what your future may have in store with you. Will it be a job with a major firm? Will it be a life changing internship? The possibilities are endless. Explore them at the CDPC Career Fair!

New Books Published by Bilkent Archaeology and History of Art Faculty

Thomas Zimmermann

Several new books have been published by members of the Archaeology and History of Art Department (HART), reflecting the wide range of research interests covered by its multinational faculty.

Dr. Thomas Zimmermann, Assistant Professor and Acting Chair of the department, authored two books, focusing on entirely different topics: "The Bronze- and Iron Age: Finds from the Heinrich Schliemann Collection, Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz," (Die bronze- und früheisenzeitlichen Troiafunde der Sammlung Heinrich Schliemann im Besitz des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums). Issued by the Römisch-Germanische Zentralmuseum in cooperation with Schnell & Steiner publishers, reappraises archaeological finds from the famous site of Troy in Northwest Anatolia, originally excavated by Heinrich Schliemann in the late 19th century. Importance is given to the scientific value of "antiquarian" museum collections that can still deliver surprising results for the modern researcher.

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