Volume 16, Number 12
December 15, 2009

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Pandemic A H1N1 Vaccination on Campus


The Health Center has obtained a limited amount of Pandemic A (H1N1) vaccine. Students and staff members who wish to be vaccinated should call the Health Center for an appointment.

Listed below are the cases in which vaccination may be harmful:
- People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
- People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past.
- People who have Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS).

Main Campus Health Center:
ext. 1392, 1666, 1304
East Campus Health Center:
ext. 5266, 5314, 5057

You can find detailed information about vaccination and side effects from the links below;
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/ frequently_asked_questions_/vaccine_ preparedeness/en/index.html

Poster4Tomorrow: Designers Working 4 Freedom of Expression


Poster4Tomorrow: Designers Working 4 Freedom of Expression opened at the FADA exhibition hall on the evening of Thursday, December 10th.

Poster4Tomorrow is an international poster competition endorsed by, the Italian chapter of Amnesty International, the French chapter of UNESCO, Reporters Sans Frontières and the Council of Europe, among others. Graphic designers created images promoting freedom of expression and global unity against injustice and intolerance.

Out of the 1,834 entries submitted from 67 countries, a hundred posters were selected to be shown in 22 worldwide exhibitions. Out of the 15 entries from Bilkent University, 3rd year Graphic Design student Beril Ateş's was chosen:

Q: How did you get involved with Poster4Tomorrow?
A: It was an assignment for graphic design class. Everyone made posters, but I chose to submit mine because I want to be a voice for those who can't speak.
Q: What was your source of inspiration?
A: There are a lot of women all over the world who can't express themselves in any way, because their entire bodies are veiled. I want them to be able to speak. That's why I made the color palette black and white. The color of her [4th year Graphic Design student Candan İşcan's] lips, along with the fact that they are slightly parted, symbolizes her need for freedom of expression. In some eastern countries, it is the style to cover the entire face with lace. However, I left her mouth, again, uncovered.

Many of the chosen posters had similar images and messages to convey. There were veiled women emerging from their confines or screaming under their veils. There were guns, bullets, blood and violence. Mouths were portrayed as being sewn shut or held forcefully by antagonistic hands. Article 19 was constantly censored. Words spoke from behind bars, and the megaphone and the pen were the constant protagonist. Notably, many of the posters were created with the subject of Iran.

The graphic designers unquestionably created powerful images for an equally powerful message, which was touched upon by Jean-François Julliard, secretary general of Reporters Sans Frontières, on the P4T website:

"Without freedom of the press, no struggle would be heard. Countries which prevent the emergence of an independent press are the same ones which violate daily the rights of women, children, and minorities. In the early 2000s, new predators against freedom of the press appeared. They included independent militias, mafias, armed religious groups, gangs and even the henchmen of corrupt politicians. Today reporters are caught in a crossfire. Thanks to the Internet, each of us is now capable of transmitting information. This unprecedented power must be used to protect our right, this right for all, to access free information and get rid of any interference. Information is precious, let's protect it."

The exhibit, organized by the Fine Arts and Graphic Design Professors Sladczyk, will be open until the 18th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on weekends, so be sure to stop by and check out the posters. You can also view the posters online and find more information at www.poster4tomorrow.org.

Okşan Alpdemir (IR/III)

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Prof. Ahmet Enis Çetin Named IEEE Fellow

world philosophy dayThe Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named Prof. Ahmet Enis Çetin an IEEE Fellow for his extraordinary contributions to signal recovery and image analysis algorithms.

With more than 350,000 members, IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization. Promotion to IEEE's rank of Fellow is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon an individual by the IEEE. Less than 0.1 percent of IEEE members worldwide are honored with this title every year.

Enis Çetin attained a bachelor of science in electrical engineering at the Middle East Technical University. He received his master's and Ph.D. degrees in systems engineering from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Between 1987 and 1989, he worked as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Toronto, Canada. Since then he has been with the Electrical and Electronics Department of Bilkent University.

Past Bilkent faculty members to receive IEEE Fellow status are
Prof. Özay Oral (1995), Prof. Abdullah Atalar (2006), Prof. Levent Onural (2007) and Prof. Levent Gürel (2008).

News From the Library

libraryWe are very happy to announce that QUICK SEARCH is here! Bilkent University Library currently has on trial the federated search tool EBSCOHost Integrated Search (EHIS). Under the name QUICK SEARCH, this will allow you to browse almost all of Bilkent's databases and electronic journals and e-books with a single click of the mouse, instead of having to perform the same search repeatedly for each successive database. By using Quick Search, you will be able to find more data faster than ever before, as well as material not available with Internet search engines like Google and Yahoo. Bilkent will have free access to EHIS until 30 April 2010. We will be working closely with library representatives from all departments and units in order to evaluate this important resource during the trial, but we are also happy to receive feedback from all Bilkent library users. Quick search can be reached directly from the main Library homepage: http://library.bilkent.edu.tr/

Second, we are very pleased to invite you to attend the third and last Library Lunchtime Lecture of fall semester. On 16 December Dr. Dilek Kaya Mutlu will give a lecture called,  “A Different Story of Secularism: The Censorship of Religion in Turkish Films of the 1960s.” She will examine the recent history of such struggles in Turkey. Specifically, she will attempt to extend the discussion of Turkish secularism from political history to cultural history by examining the censorship of religious elements in Turkish films of the 1960s, following the 27 May military intervention and beyond.

As usual the lecture will be in English and refreshments will be supplied. Don't forget to come to the Library Art Gallery on December 16 at 12:40 p.m. in order to attend this lecture.

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