University Matters Discussed at Open
On Thursday, April 10, Rector Prof. Ali Doğramacı and
members of the Central Administration held an open meeting in the new Lecture Hall (V)
building. Their presentation included new and ongoing projects, a report on the revenues
and expenditures of the university in the calendar year 2007, and a question and answer
session in the meeting attended by the students, faculty and administrators.
The Rector stated that the agenda of the meeting was substantially shaped by the
suggestions of faculty members communicated to their Deans and then conveyed to the
Among the construction projects discussed was the the new building for the Department of
Electrical and Electronics Engineering scheduled to be completed this year, and the plans
for a new residential building in the middle campus. This residential building, currently
named building 107, has been designed by RMJM Hillier architects of New York. The
construction is planned for 2009 and will house 30 one-two bedroom faculty apartments and
80 studios for graduate students.
The presentation also included plans to renovate various restrooms and plumbing systems in
the north-west corner of the FEASS Building.
Further more, the establishment of a new e-mail hot-line, destek@bilkent. edu.tr, that
will accept complaints regarding infrastructure problems in the office buildings of the
university was announced.
The Central Administration and the Engineering School
Deans Office are exploring the possibility of starting a new Mechanical Engineering
Department. The current proposal involves admitting students into this department in the
academic year 2009-2010.
In the meeting, external funding strategies were addressed as well. Researchers and
grad students were particularly encouraged to extensively utilize TÜBİTAK
HART MA Students to Present at International Conference
Müge Durusu and Mert Çatalbaş, two graduate students
from the Department of Archaeology and History of Art, have been invited to present at the
Third University of Chicago Eurasian Archaeology Conference. Titled "Regimes and
Revolutions: Power, Violence, and Labor in Eurasia between the Ancient and the
Modern," it will be held May 1 to 3. Their joint paper proposal titled
"Politics, Geography and Power in the Past and Present: Rethinking Urartu by
Evaluating Eastern Anatolia in Longue Durée," passed the review committee and was
accepted for presentation.
The paper advocates a new perspective for studying Urartu, a powerful Anatolian Iron Age
state that emerged in the 1st millennium BC, taking into account the contemporary models
of social organization in Eastern Turkey. Amongst the participants at the conference,
hosted by Chicago Universitys Department of Anthropology, are such renowned senior
scholars as Philip Kohl, David Anthony, Peter Northover and Marcella Frangipane.
"This is not only an ideal opportunity for our young MA candidates to meet and
discuss their research with some of the foremost scholars in our discipline," says
Dr. Thomas Zimmermann, Assistant Professor and Acting Chair of Bilkent HART, "they
are also cultural envoys of our University, showing the potential and quality of
archaeological research done in modern Turkey."
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Spring Fest: More Fun than a Barrel of Hamsters, and Then Some!
The event Bilkenters look forward to from the very first day of school
is almost here! It's Spring Fest, and it's coming, May 8, 9 and 10!
Just imagine - the sun on your face, great music, chillin' and relaxing with good friends,
and of course, the aroma of delicious food wafting through the air! Indeed, it is a
For three fun filled days, Spring Fest 2008 will take over the grass field between the
FMPA and FEASS building, as well as the Odeon. It will be the place to be seen, the place
to enjoy spring, and the place to have one heck of a great time!
News from the Library
Nanotechnology is a big topic these days, but what is it exactly?
For the third and final Library Lunchtime Lecture of the semester, Prof. Ekmel Özbay, the
director of Bilkent University's Nanotechnology Research Center (NANOTAM), will present
"Nanotechnology: Why is it so Hot?," a broad overview of nanotechnology for a
non-scientific audience, illustrated with reference to his own important research.
The talk will take place from 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., Thursday,
April 17, in the Main Campus Library Art Gallery. It will be in English and, as
usual, lunchtime refreshments will be supplied. For more information about the Library
Lunchtime Lectures series, including images and videos of past lectures (currently under
construction), follow the link at http://library.bilkent.edu.tr
The library currently has trials for two databases: "Referex Engineering," a
searchable database providing access to the full-text of over 1600 electronic reference
books for engineering; and "ABI INFORM Complete," a full-text database covering
business and management. If you are a member of the Engineering or Business Administration
Faculties or the Economics Department, please take a few minutes to check these databases
and pass on your opinion to the relevant faculty librarian. This will help in making the
decision as to whether or not the library should subscribe to these databases. For an
up-to-date list of databases, both subscribed and on trial, please follow the
"On-Line Databases" link on the library's homepage.
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