Volume 16, Number 1
September 8, 2009

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President Abdullah Gül Visits UNAM

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Turkey will soon become one of the main pioneering countries in the world of nanotechnology," said President Gül last week at the Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology (UNAM).

President Abdullah Gül was briefed about the center and its activities during his visit on Wednesday, September 2. After the briefing, Mr. Gül made a statement to the press, observing that Turkey has been late in catching up with the industrial revolution and subsequent developments in the world. He indicated that with the emergence of nanotechnology at the beginning of the century, Turkey is now determined not to miss this opportunity. The President underlined that all the state organizations, relevant authorities, universities and research institutes are enthusiastic about the potential offered by this new technology.

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Accompanying President Gül during his visit to UNAM were Mehmet Aydın, the State Minister in charge of technology and information; Cevdet Yılmaz, the State Minister in charge of the State Planning Organization (DPT), also a 2006 Ph.D. graduate of the Department of Political Science; the Chairman of the Higher Education Board (YÖK), Professor Yusuf Ziya Özcan; DPT Undersecretary Kemal Madenoğlu; Chairwoman of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK, Professor Nüket Yetiş; and Rector Professor Ali Doğramacı.

During his three-hour visit, Mr. Gül watched a presentation in the nanofabrication lab. Scientists working in the lab showed Mr. Gül an inscription on a computer screen, which read, "Mr. President, welcome to UNAM." It had been inscribed on a plate as thick as one thousandth of a hair.

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"I believe that the name of this center will be heard many times in the future, in association with developing firsts in the field of nanotechnology," Mr. Gül declared. "I have been briefed about some of these firsts and patenting for these is underway. I believe new inventions will soon be added to them."

Mr. Gül instructed the officials to continue their nanotechnology research and also to take the necessary legal and financial measures to protect it. The ministers said that they would do so. For more information and photographs:

Top-Scoring Students Visit Prof. İhsan Doğramacı

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Bilkent University continues to attract Turkey's best students, according to results announced by the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM). In total thirty-four students from the top 100 scorers of both the quantitative and equally-rated categories, 4 of the top 10 scorers of quantitative (SAY-2) and both top scorers of the foreign language and verbal category on the 2009 University Entrance Exam (ÖSS) will join Bilkent this year.

Orhan Tunç Çeliker, ranked third in the quantative category, and Utkan Onur Candoğan, ranked fourth in the quantative category, have both chosen to study in Bilkent's Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department. İlyas Avcı, ranked first in the verbal category, has chosen to study in Bilkent's Faculty of Law. Başak Bekişli, ranked first in the foreign language category, has chosen to study in Bilkent's School of Applied Languages in the Translation and Interpretation Department.

On September 5, this latest group of top-scoring students visited the President of Bilkent University and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Prof. İhsan Doğramacı. Hocabey pointed out that Bilkent University is one of the best universities in the world. "Coming to Bilkent is not the end. It is just the beginning of your journey," he said. "You have been successful and your success will continue. Like all other Bilkent graduates, you will carry Bilkent's name throughout the world."

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Bilkent Proves Excellence in TÜBİTAK Awards

oktelFive professors from Bilkent University have been recognized by The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) for 2009.


Prof. Dr. Engin Umut Akkaya of the Department of Chemistry is the winner of the prestigious TÜBİTAK Science Award of 2009. The Science Award is the highest scientific award given by TÜBİTAK every year.

Yıldırım & Demir

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Özgür Oktel of the Department of Physics, Asst. Prof. Dr. Hilmi Volkan Demir of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Department of Physics, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emre Alper Yıldırım of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hatice Pınar Bilgin of the Department of International Relations, have been awarded by the TÜBİTAK Incentive Award for 2009. Prof. Dr. Engin Umut Akkaya is the recipient of this year's TÜBİTAK Science Award in the field of Basic Sciences. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Özgür Oktel is the recipient of this year's TÜBİTAK Incentive Award in the field of Basic Sciences. Asst. Prof. Dr. Hilmi Volkan Demir and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emre Alper Yıldırım are the recipients of this year's TÜBİTAK Incentive Award in the field of Engineering Sciences. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hatice Pınar Bilgin is the recipient of this year's TÜBİTAK Incentive Award in the field of Social Sciences.

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