Volume 14, Number 08
November 13, 2007

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Atatürk Commemorated
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November 10, 2007, marked the 69th anniversary of the death of Turkey's beloved Atatürk. Bilkent University commemorated the landmark date with a program in memory of Atatürk.

The day began at Bilkent's Atatürk Monument with a moment of silence. This was followed by a "November 10th Oratorio," performed by the students of the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, held in the Mithat Çoruh Auditorium.

During the Commemoration, Prof. Osman Gürzumar, Dean of the Faculty of Law, spoke in memory of Atatürk, focusing on his Legal Reforms and the Turkish Civil Code. He began his speech by quoting Atatürk:(continues)

Bilkent Professor is Selected As One of the Top-10 Scientists in Turkey

Prof. Ekmel Özbay of the Physics and Electrical and Electronics Engineering Departments was recently selected as one of the top-10 researchers in Turkey by Elsevier -a 300-year old scientific publishing company of several international research journals and books. To determine the list of finalists, Elsevier compared contributions made by scientists working in Turkish institutions. Each was evaluated on their number of publications from over the last 5 and 10 years; the number of citations these publications had received (excluding self-citations); and the scientific impact of these articles (h-index). Prof. Ekmel Özbay is the only Bilkent professor to be selected to the top-10 Turkish Scientist List.

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The awards were given during a gala dinner held on October 18, 2007 at the Hilton Hotel in Ankara. Several members of the Turkish Education Council (YÖK), university rectors, vice-rectors and university library directors were present during the award ceremony. (continues)

Hilmi Volkan Demir is Honored with JCI World TOYP Award

hilmi volkan demirAsst. Prof. Hilmi Volkan Demir of the Physics, and Electrical and Electronics Engineering Departments was honored at “The Outstanding Young Persons of the World” (TOYP) ceremony, held at the Junior Chamber International (JCI) World Congress in Antalya, November 6. Demir was recognized as the JCI-TOYP Honoree in “Academic Leadership and Accomplishment” during their World Congress. JCI, established in 1910 in the USA, is a worldwide federation of young entrepreneurs and leaders, and is a prominent network with about 120 countries being represented. Demir was selected by an independent science jury from the JCI Turkish Chapter in 2006, and nominated in the 2007 world selections for the research group and programs he developed at Bilkent, in the field of nanotechnology, as an example of reversed brain drain.(continues)

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From the Rector
Dear Students and Members of the Academic Staff of Bilkent,

This Thursday, November 15 at 12:30 p.m., some of my colleagues and I will be at Mithat Çoruh Auditorium to make a brief, informal presentation on some of the projects we have been working on this year at Bilkent University.

Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. This is an opportunity to get information on current projects, and to share ideas about a variety of future activities.

Prof. Ali Doğramacı

President Shimon Peres Receives Honorary Doctorate

On Sunday, November 11, Bilkent University conferred an honorary doctorate upon Mr. Shimon Peres, the 9th President of the State of Israel. The honor was bestowed upon President Peres, by Rector Prof. Dr. Ali Doğramacı, at a ceremony in the Bilkent Concert Hall. Shimon Peres is an author, a politician of over 65 years, one of the world's major leaders, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

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After donning his robe and accepting his doctorate, the President thanked the University for the honor before discussing how each student really could fulfill their dreams through education. He expressed that what is learned in a university is: one; to ask questions, and two; to learn how to learn. An anecdote was used to emphasize his point: People eat 3 times a day to become fat. If they read three times a day they become wise. Being wise is better than being fat. He also quoted the founder of the Turkish Republic, Atatürk, stating "Knowledge and science is the future."

Those in attendance were given an opportunity to ask President Peres questions, which he answered in a very open manner. One point that he did make through the Q and A session was that he did not have an easy job. The difficulties of trying to balance relations with other nations; attending to the wishes of the citizens of ones own nation; and sometimes having to make decisions that go against both, is not an easy task.

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