Volume 15, Number 17
February 24, 2009

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Bilkent University Delegation in Harvard National MUN

From February 12 to 15, 2009, Bilkent University’s Model United Nations Society participated in Harvard University’s annual Model United Nations conference in Boston: the Harvard National MUN. Over 3000 college students from nearly 30 countries represented 192 countries in 21 different Committees and Cabinet’s over four arduous days. Bilkent’s delegation, headed by the Secretary-General of the Bilkent MUN Society, Derya Durlu (LAW/III), was comprised of eleven undergraduate students whose majors varied from Economics to International Relations, from Law to Industrial Engineering. The group represented Malta in eight challenging committees and faced an eclectic choice of topics, including illicit drug trafficking, the Six-Day War of 1967 and rape as a war crime, among others.

This year, in its 55th session, HNMUN aimed at encouraging students to negotiate, make compromises and ultimately reach feasible solutions to the world’s pressing issues while representing a foreign country. Students had the chance to understand the gravity of international issues and the effects they have on the international community. The words of Gillian Sorensen, one of the guest speakers at the conference, echoed a wide spread concern when she stated that “There is no time more critical to stay informed and take collective action than today.” That, albeit in a simulation, was achieved by the Bilkent MUN delegation at HNMUN this year.

Anıtkabir Virtual Tour in 360 Degrees


A  sophomore in the Department of Communication and Design, Murat Özener, under the leadership of İsmail Çifçi, has implemented the most comprehensive Virtual Tour (VT) application for a museum in Turkey. For the past four years, Murat Özener has been making VTs for various films. This technology allows viewers to see, and control, a 360 degree tour of a specific location. In real life, it would be as if standing in one spot and turning around in a complete circle. Thanks to VT applications, it is now possible to make a "virtual visit" to Anıtkabir and the Independence War Museum. The project, which took nine months to complete, was donated to the Anıtkabir Museum Command. The VT of Anıtkabir, which started being broadcast last month, has been well covered by the media.

For more information visit, http://www.anitkabirsanalmuze.org

Exhibit Opening: “Bedding Set For Three” (Pre-Laundry)

Aslı Tanrıkulu is setting up the guest room and invites you to the opening of her new exhibit. “Bedding Set For Three (pre laundry)” will take place in the Bilkent University Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture Gallery, Thursday, February 26 at 5:30 p.m. Featured at the event will be a slide show of Tanrıkulu’s paintings, glass paintings, sculptures and photographs.

This is the first in a series of three autobiographical exhibits for the FADA free-hand drawing instructor. The others will be displayed in Diyarbakır, Ayvalık and İstanbul. The most important characteristic of this exhibit is that it is “living and breathing.” It is in an ongoing process of development and as such will contain unfinished works.

After the opening, you will be able to experience “Bedding Set For Three (Pre- Laundry)”until March 10, weekdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
For more information please contact Curator Edyta Michalska at edyta@bilkent.edu.tr

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IEEE Graduate Research Conference '09

The IEEE Graduate Research Conference (GRC), organized by the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EE) and the Bilkent IEEE Student Branch will be held March 4 in the new EE building on the cafeteria floor.

The event gives graduate students from Bilkent University's EE department the opportunity to share what they have learned. Forty-eight oral presentations will run in two parallel sessions. Each speaker will have 10 minutes to present their project and share interesting research outcomes, followed by a question and answer period. The audience can learn more about the details of the research done by interacting face-to-face with the students.

A total of six sessions will cover various areas of electronics including: Communications, Signal Processing, Electromagnetics, Biomedical Engineering, Electronics and Photonics, Systems and Control and Networks. In addition to oral presentations, there will be two poster presentation sessions: one in the morning and another in the afternoon. In the last session of the day, members of Bilkent University's EE department will introduce the department, its research horizons  and the opportunities it provides to young engineering candidates and those interested in graduate studies. As well, the best three presenters, chosen by a jury formed of university academics, will be awarded by Bilkent's IEEE Student Branch.

Professional engineers from some of Turkey's best known companies and students from universities across the country will be in attendance. The IEEE Student Branch and the EE Department also welcomes all Bilkenters who are interested in being part of this event!

Erol Can ÜN
Bilkent IEEE Student Branch
GRC' 09 Coordinator

News from the Library

The Library is pleased to announce that on Thursday, February 26, Prof. Levent Gürel, director of Bilkent University's Computational Electromagnetics Research Center (BiLCEM), will deliver the first Library Lunchtime Lecture of the semester, entitled "Computational Electromagnetics: What Does It Mean to Break the World Record in Bilkent?" Computational Electromagnetics is a branch of Computational Science and Engineering that uses computers to solve complex physical problems in science or engineering. Since 2006, the world's largest integral-equation problems in computational electromagnetics have been solved at BiLCEM. Most recently, breaking the latest world record actually required the solution of equations involving as many as 205,000,000 unknowns! In this lecture, Prof. Gürel will give a brief survey of the field of computational electromagnetics, and will then discuss the work of BiLCEM using "super computers," with examples of real-life problems that involve tens or hundreds of millions of unknowns. If you would like to know more about this fascinating and important field and learn how it affects everyone, please go to the Main Campus Library Art Gallery, Thursday, from 12:40 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The lecture will be in English, and refreshments will be supplied.
As well, just a quick reminder that all Bilkent students are eligible to enter the Library Logo Competition, which will continue to run until March 15. For more information, please visit
http://library.bilkent.edu.tr/ general_announcement.html.

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