Bilkent Faculty Receive TÜBA GEBİP Awards
In 2001, the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) introduced the Program of Awarding Young Scientists (GEBİP) to encourage successful young scientists in the fields of natural and social sciences, engineering and medicine. This year, Dr. Kaan Güven of the Physics Department; Assoc. Prof. Bahar Yetiş Kara of the Industrial Engineering Department, and Asst. Prof. Hatice Pınar Bilgin of the International Relations Department were among the 31 scientists to receive an Outstanding Young Scientist Award.
Kaan Güven earned his PhD in 1999 from Bilkent University before joining Prof. Von Klitzing's group at the Max-Planck Institut in Germany for two years. Since 2002, he has been with the Nanotechnology Research Center at Bilkent. His research interests include electromagnetic metamaterials, nanoelectronics, and photonics. He has published more than 40 articles in science citation index (SCI) journals. Dr. Güven received this award for his studies on metamaterials.
An In Depth Look at Leadership
The Industrial Engineering Operational Research Club organized the Third Youth Academy (Genç Akademi), April 17 to 20 at the Bilkent Hotel and Conference Center.
Youth Academy is a unique symposium which gathers 160 students from a wide cross section of departments from 50 universities across Turkey. It is a perfect opportunity for personal development by participants, and to learn about the lives and careers of successful people in business, politics, arts, sport and media. And, as an added bonus, it's a great opportunity for everyone involved to have some fun together.
Past topics focused on in this interactive platform have been "Entrepreneurship" and "Rivalry." This year's topic was "Leadership." Attendees had the opportunity to thoroughly analyze the subject from a variety of perspectives, learning about "Being the Leader of a Sector," to "Being a CEO," finding out more about "Atatürk and Leadership," the worlds of "Media and Leadership" and "Sport and Leadership," and real life experiences through "Leadership Stories" as just a handful of examples.
Opening sessions of the program took place on April 18, with speeches by Köksal Toptan, The President of the Turkish Grand National Assembly; Rector Prof. Ali Doğramacı; Nurettin Kaldırımcı, Chairman of the Competition Board; Chamber of Commerce of Ankara (ATO) President Sinan Aygün; and Yusuf Beyazıt, Vakıflar General Manager. Everything you need to know about the event is at www.genc-akademi.org.
Beytepe Computer Center Opens
The Beytepe Computer Center was officially opened on Saturday April 19. The center is part of the Computer Education Project (BEP), which began in the 2007-2008 academic year and is one of the projects of the Community Projects Group, TOG/TDP.
The mission of the BEP is to help children aged 11 to 14 years with their personal development and to give them a chance to express themselves. Children are involved in activities such as "publishing a village newspaper, making a short movie, designing their own internet sites".
The Beytepe Computer Center will provide villagers with a center in which they can use the computers and the network connection to assist them in their studies, occupations and interests.
At the opening ceremony, Deniz İnce, one of the members of the BEP, addressed the Bilkent university students. İnce explained that the project will be developed with the help of new volunteers and students.
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Haluk Konuralp Passes Away
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Haluk Konuralp, a member of the Faculty of Law, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 20, due to a heart attack. We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to his family, students, friends and the Bilkent Community.
The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 22, at Kocatepe Mosque at noon prayers. Buses will depart from the Tunus stop (Main Campus) and from the EA Building (Rektörlük) at 12 noon.
Academia, Business and Politics Come Together for Bilkent Model United Nations Seminar Series
Last week, our campus was particularly vibrant as Bilkent played host to many distinguished events. One of the foremost among these was the Bilkent Model United Nations Society's three-day "Water, Environment and Politics" seminar series, which was organized in cooperation with the UNA Turkey Youth Section. This seminar series was a successful blend of politics, business and academia.
In the first day of the seminars, Mehmet Arif Demirer, CEO of MAY-SU, addressed the issue of global warming and the water troubles Turkey could potentially face in the near future. Zekican Koğuş (IR/I), also a member of Bilkent's MUN Society, said: "M. A. Demirer's speech showed how interconnected the problems we're facing are. The water problem is complex and multilayered. Thus, a solely political solution to these problems would not yield much. M. A. Demirer's speech asserted my belief that a multi-dimensional solution is crucial, so I really enjoyed the experience."
The highlight of the series was definitely the seminar by Süleyman Demirel, the ninth president of the Republic of Turkey, who is an expert in water politics. Before entering politics, President Demirel served as director of the State Water Works (DSİ). This background had a clear effect on his political career which included the establishment of the Southeastern Anatolian Project (GAP), a comprehensive hydroelectric and irrigation program. President Demirel's speech was full of flair and provided some valuable insights to Bilkenters.
The final event of the seminar series was a speech by Mustafa Karabatak, an expert on environmental studies currently teaching at Istanbul University. Karatabak's speech focused on the protection of water resources and was well received by the audience.
The Bilkent MUN's seminar series was a profound success for our student community, deserving the utmost praise.
By Selim Can Sazak (PHIL/I)
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