Volume 14, Number 23
April 8, 2008

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Conference on Current Issues in Economic Governance Held at Bilkent


Bilkent University once again played host to a major  event with the "Second Annual Conference on Current Issues in Economic Governance," April 2 and 3 at the Bilkent Hotel Conference Hall. A number of high profile guests attended, including Nobel laureates, financial experts, ministers and central bank governors from North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Caucasia. Opening addresses were made by the founder and president of Bilkent University, Prof. İhsan Doğramacı; the Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey, Durmuş Yılmaz; and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Babacan.

The conference comes during a period where national economies are facing new challenges and uncertainties posed by turmoil in world financial markets. According to Durmuş Yılmaz, "There is a loaded reform agenda waiting for us. Macroeconomic stability, structural reforms, and adherence to the principles of good governance will unlock Turkey's economic potential and achieve its convergence with the European Union."

Hilmi Volkan Demir Receives Science Award

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Populer Bilim, a popular science magazine published in Turkey for the last 15 years, has announced this year's Science Award winners. The magazine's editor, Mr. Hulki Cevizoğlu, gave the opening speech during the awards ceremony at the Ankara Chamber of Commerce Conference Hall, March 22, emphasizing the significance of conducting scientific research and generating knowledge in Turkey. In his speech, he pointed out that awardees were carefully selected by an independent jury of prominent scientists from Turkey, covering a variety of disciplines.

Hilmi Volkan Demir of Bilkent's Department of Physics, and Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, received an award in the field of physics and engineering sciences. The Devices and Sensors Research Group, led by Demir at Bilkent, is working on the invention and development of innovative devices and sensors in the fields of nanoscience, nanotechnology, optoelectronics and bioimplant RF. These will have a range of practical uses in lighting, displays, communications, imaging, alternative energy, and environmental decontamination.

“Gözünün Çapağı İla Dilrubacan” Gets POW'd!


It looks like the old paper and pencil story boards, the constant meetings and updates, the endless highlighted lists, and reams upon reams of paper may become obsolete. Almost anyone who has worked in television, film, or on other multimedia projects that require pre-production planning has hit the jackpot with new software, Celtx, which allows the entire creative team to upload their information to one, central location, and see what everyone else has done. A group of students from the Communications and Design Department took advantage of the system, and was POW'd for their efforts.

On March 28, a mock news program that satirizes real life Turkish news events - Gözünün Çapağı İla Dilrubacan, created and written my Nimet Kurşuncu (COMD/III) and her team - was chosen as the Celtx Project of the Week: POW!

The storyboard, shot list, production notes, set and wardrobe sketches, budget, lighting plan, and every minute piece of information needed to help a shoot run smoothly were put into place using the software.

According to Nimet Kurşuncu (COMD/III), as of March 31, "we finished our shootings and still editing our project. My screenwriter Selcan Doğruöz (COMD/IV), she has a great sense of humor and our dialogs were developed in shooting. Our Department chair, Andreas Treske told us about this software and website, so that we could upload our projects. ….I shared the project with my crew and everybody added their work. It's so effective."
Visit http://blog.celtx.com / celtx_blog/2008/03/pow10-.html to find out about the POW'd project!

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Prof. Doğramacı Treated to an Extra Special Birthday Cake!

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What better way to celebrate a birthday than by spending time with people that mean so much to you. It's no secret that Professor İhsan Doğramacı, the founder and president of the university, has a passion for education and his students. So, on the occasion of his 93rd birthday, on April 3, it only seemed fitting that he would take some time to celebrate at the Bilkent Hotel and Conference Center with the students of the Departments of Tourism and Hotel Management, who baked and served a delicious, giant heart shaped cake in his honor!

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Center of Turkish Literature Analyzes "The Book of Travel"


Bilkent's Center for Turkish Literature organized a three day international symposium on Evliya Çelebi, seventeenth century writer and traveller, focusing specifically on his work, Seyahatname (The Book of Travel). Considered to be a masterpiece, it is an important account of social and geographical conditions in Ottoman lands, written after 40 years of travel. He often represented the government on his excursions, but also travelled on his own, having a passion for learning about people and places. His imagination may have even got the better of him at times, leading to speculation that his work contained some embellishments. Regardless, Seyahatname is seen as an excellent resource for the understanding of the Ottoman Empire. (continues)

From the Rector

Dear Students and Members of the Academic Staff of Bilkent,

This Thursday, April 10 at 12:30 p.m., some of my colleagues and I will be at the new Lecture Hall building (V building) next to the Faculty of Management. We plan to make a brief informal presentation on various items we have been working on.

Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

Ali Doğramacı

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