Volume 15, Number 27
May 5, 2009

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Terrorist Attempt on Main Campus

On Wednesday, April 29, 2009, an effort was made to carry out a terrorist attack against Prof. Hikmet Sami Türk, a former Minister of Justice, a prominent member of the Faculty of Law at Bilkent, and an expert in constitutional law. Prof. Hikmet Sami Türk was about to enter  his constitutional law class in B- Building, room B-113, at 10:45 a.m. to give a lecture when a woman, identified as Didem Akman, approached him and ignited the fuse of a bomb she was carrying on her body. The bomb, however, did not explode. This attempt was foiled by the capable intervention of the security staff, and consequently no harm was rendered to any member of the Bilkent community. Prof. Sami Türk said, "She pretended to ask a question, I told her to come after class. Just as I entered the class I heard an explosion behind me. She managed to activate a detonator or two, but the main explosive did not go off." The whole building was evacuated following the incident. Classes were canceled for the remainder of the day, but resumed on Thursday, April 30.

As a result of the event, the University's security staff will be implementing additional security measures, and therefore, the cooperation of the Bilkent community will be greatly appreciated.

Bilkent Founder İhsan Doğramacı Receives Two Awards for Excellence in Service to International Health

hoca beyAt the colorful opening session of the 12th World Congress on Public Health held from  April 27 to May 1, 2009 in Istanbul, Bilkent's founder İhsan Doğramacı was honored with the first Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence in Global Health by the International Federation of Public Health Associations.  In a ceremony attended by some 2,000 delegates to the congress, President Elect of the Federation, Professor Ulrich Laaser of Bielefeld University in Germany, informed the audience of Professor Doğramacı's brilliant career and his countless accomplishments in service to global health.  The laureate was presented with a medal and a sash from the Federation.

The founder and president of the Islamic Organization for Medical Sciences, Professor Abdul Rahman Al-Awadi of Kuwait, then presented Professor Doğramacı with the Award of the IOMS, consisting of a golden ship, the symbol of Kuwait, and praised him for his role in developing the IOMS.

Fun in the Sun at Spring Fest 2009!

Just as in past years, Spring Fest will celebrate the end of the semester and welcome the summer holiday. From May 7 to 9 activities will be held for students on the grass field between the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, the Bilkent ODEON, and the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences. Each day, there will be parties, concerts, performances, exhibitions, movies and other activities for you to enjoy.
Please see the full list of activities and locations: www.bilkent.edu.tr/
or www.bilkent.edu.tr/

Notes: 1. "Mobile toilets" will be available at the "Radio Bilkent On- Air Party" area on Saturday, May 9.
2. Pitching tents on the grass will not be allowed because of security and health issues.
3. Pets will not be allowed in the Spring Fest area.

We wish you a very enjoyable Spring Fest.

Spring Fest Organization Committee

Bilkent Students in Geneva

Junior International Relations students Damla Alacam, Gizem Berksoy, Altug Canbulat, represented Turkey on behalf of the United Nations Association of Turkey - Youth Section at a Project Management Workshop organized by the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) in Geneva, Switzerland, April 17 to 22. The students created a project aimed at helping those who are blind or unable to read called the "Listen To Knowledge" Listening Library.  The project will get under way soon and help build a listening library of UN and foreign policy topics. There are several sub-units within the project, such as fund-raising and media relations.

If you would like to be part of this project, contact Altug Canbulat, Deputy Member of the Coordinating Committee for Projects of United Nations Association of Turkey - Youth Section, at unatr.youth@gmail.com

International Symposium Examines Research Done at the Black Seas City of Sinop

“Sinope: Fifteen Years of Research” is an international symposium, to be held in Sinop from May 7 to 9. It has been organized under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Bülent Özgüç, Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA). Assoc. Prof. Dominique Kassab Tezgör, from the Fine Arts Department of FADA, has initiated and coordinated the project which aims to gather the latest archaeological and historical research devoted to Sinop, one of the major cities of the Black Sea in the past. Twenty-five well known scholars from Turkey, France, England, USA, and Russia, together with all bordering countries of the Black Sea (Ukraine, Georgia, Bulgaria and Romania) will participate. This event has been supported by the Governor of Sinop, Mr. Mustafa Hakan Güvençer and the Mayor, Mr. Baki Ergül. It will be the first event of its kind organized in Sinop. The Symposium will be followed by the publication of its proceedings, thanks to a grant given by TÜBITAK.

This Symposium has been made possible through the help of other members of Bilkent University. Instructor Mariusz Sladczyk of the Graphic Design Department has designed the events website (in collaboration with İsmail Çifci) and all of the printed material. Thanks to the contribution of Prof. Dr. Tanju İnal, Director of the School of Applied Languages, students of the Department of Translation and Interpretation have participated in translating abstracts into Turkish and a team of students will do simultaneous translation during the Symposium.

To read the abstracts from the Symposium, see  views of the city, its historical monuments or  the excavations, and to find out more about Sinop, visit www.sinope.bilkent.edu.tr

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