Nobel Laureate Physicist Visits Bilkent

In 1981, Heinrich Rohrer and Gerd Binnig invented the scanning tunneling microscope (STM), which provided the first images of individual atoms on the surfaces of materials. Rohrer and Binnig were awarded 1986 Nobel Prize in physics.

Rohrer was born in Buchs, Switzerland on June 6, 1933.  Dr. Rohrer received his B.S. degree in 1955 and Ph.D. in 1960 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. After post-doctoral work at the same institute and later at Rutgers University in the United States, Dr. Rohrer joined IBM's newly formed Zurich Research Laboratory. Among other things, he studied Kondo materials and antiferromagnetism before turning his attention to scanning tunneling microscopy.

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Bilkent Mourns State Artist Ecder Akışık

State Artist Ecder Akışık, served as a member of the Bilkent Department of Theater from 1997 to 2009. He passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, at the age of 73.

Ecder Akışık, one of the masters of Turkish theater, was born in Ankara in 1938. He graduated from the State Conservatory, Theater Department in 1957. At the State Conservatory, he served both as an actor and as an administrator until he retired in 2003 after 45 years of service. Akışık performed in and directed more than 70 plays such as Dışarıdakiler, Othello, Şen Kadınlar, Klinik Bir Vaka, III Selim, Evlere Şenlik, and İsyancılar.

Mr. Akışık gave generously of his time to educate and inspire. In addition to his largesse to the entire Bilkent community, Mr. Akışık taught at Hacettepe University and gave voice and speech courses at many institutions in Turkey.

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Mozart, Mahler, Modernism Open the BSO

The Bilkent Symphony opened its 2010-2011 season Friday night with a performance of Mozart's Sinfonie Concertante in E flat major, KV. 364 and Mahler's Symphony No. 4 in G major.

Although a bouquet of flowers occupied the first violin's chair during Mahler, Irina Nikotina of the BSO performed in the place of the concertmaster for Mozart. The schedule of the BSO for this academic year had been set before the sad loss, on September 4, 2010, of BSO Concertmaster Server Ganiyev.

Last week, Bilkent News published a commentary discussing the vision behind pairing Mozart with Mahler. The theme in common between these two disparate compositions was thought to be Vienna and the bookends of empire. In the performances of ..

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Pınar Bilgin Elected to Steering Committee

Assoc. Prof. Pınar Bilgin, chair of the Department of International Relations, has been elected as a member of the Steering Committee of the Standing Group on International Relations.

The Standing Group on International Relations is the IR-focused wing of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). SGIR brings together IR specialists from different sectors - universities, independent research institutes, and public administration -  to promote scholarly activities. It organizes a triennial IR convention, an annual summer school, and publishes the European Journal of International Relations. The SGIR is led by a Steering Committee elected every 3 years. Pınar Bilgin will serve 2010 through 2013 on the SGIR Steering Committee.

Turkish Language Scholars Gather in Bulgaria

Representatives from several countries met at the Fifth International Turkish Language Assembly in Kırcaali, Bulgaria between September 25 and 28. Bilkent University organized the event in cooperation with the Sofia University and Kırcaali Mayoralty.
Sixty academics, both Turkish and international, took part in sessions addressing a wide variety of topics including: improvement and enrichment of the Turkish language, the history of the Turkish language, the relationship between Turkish and other languages, Turkish grammar, sources of Turkish language, common languages, Turkish literature, and the importance of communication tools in language education.

The assembly opened with speeches by Saadettin Sabaz from  the Turkish Ministry of Education, Asst. Prof. Rasim Özyürek, director of  Bilkent University's Training Programs for Regional Countries, Tatyana Evtimo of Sofia University, and Hasan Azis, mayor of Kırcaali.