Volume 14, Number 24
April 15, 2008

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University Matters Discussed at Open Meeting

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 Central Administration.
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 Dean’s 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 programs. (continues)

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 University’s 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!

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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 wonderful experience!
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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