In Remembrance

As another new year begins, we remember with deep sorrow the seven of our students who lost their lives three years ago in a tragic incident of carbon monoxide poisoning on New Year's eve of 2009:
Turan Özgür Attila (LAW - Prep), Büşra Bek (LAED - Prep), Elif Koyuncuoğlu (POLS - Prep), Ceren Okkalı (IR - Prep), Erol Can Özdokumacı (THS - Prep), Oğuzhan Tozburun, (CHEM - Prep),Tarık Şükrü Yılmaz, (CAD - Prep).

MBG Faculty Member Receives EMBO Installation Grant

Dr. Ebru Erbay, assistant prof. in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, has received a 2011 Installation Grant from the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). Dr. Erbay, one of seven life science researchers to receive the honor, will use the award amount to continue her work relating to molecular mechanisms and novel therapeutic targets for cardiometabolic syndrome.

The installation grants are designed to help new researchers set up their research groups in Europe. Dr. Erbay is part of the sixth group of awardees to have received the grants since EMBO introduced the program in 2006. With these newly elected grantees, the number of researchers funded since the inception of the program has increased to 48.

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Pre-registrations for All Undergraduate Courses Now in Full Swing

The course registration system for the upcoming spring semester will have some new features. Most importantly, students are now able to pre-register for both required and elective courses for the spring semester; course pre-loading will be based on these choices as much as possible. In addition, elective courses will be matched with students' curriculum requirements at the time of registration, not afterward. Similarly, if a course is being taken to replace another course taken in a prior semester, this information will be noted during registration and it will not be possible to modify it at a later time.

The new pre-registration system will be used for all undergraduate programs next spring. Pre-registrations via the SRS system have already begun and will run through January 6, 2012. During pre-registration, students will be asked to name the courses they intend to take next semester, without considering

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New Book by Nur Bilge Criss on Turkish-American Relations

Asst. Prof. Nur Bilge Criss of the Department of International Relations has recently coedited a book entitled "American Turkish Encounters: Politics and Culture, 1830-1989." The volume, whose other coeditors are Selçuk Esenbel, Tony Greenwood and Louis Mazzari, has been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (2011).

Turkey and the United States have been critically important to each other since the beginning of the Cold War. The history of Turkish-American relations includes not only strategic, but also political, social, cultural and intellectual dimensions. While critical to understanding Turkish-American relations, these dimensions rarely surface in today's discourse, which reduces bilateral relations to issues currently being contested. In reality, the encounter between East and West embodied in Turkish-American interactions ranges from the official and diplomatic, to unofficial and informal exchanges at the social and

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One Month, Two Plays: Performing Arts Students Shine in January

January will be a busy month for Department of Performing Arts (THEA) students, and a great opportunity for Bilkenters to see a play -- or two. "Kahvehane" (The Coffee Shop), which had its successful premiere last week, has four more performances remaining, on January 3, 6, 10 and 13. In addition, the Department of Performing Arts will be presenting another work, "Üç Tekerlekli Araba" (The Tricycle) by Spanish writer and director Fernando Arrabal, on January 5, 11 and 18.

Directed by a student, Esma Çankaya (THEA/IV), "Üç Tekerlekli Araba" is a strangely light-hearted tale of poverty and murder. Two men commit a thoughtless crime, all in the hope of keeping their beloved tricycle. Arrabal, the play's author, is known for his highly political yet wildly humorous works.

"Üç Tekerlekli Araba" (like "Kahvehane") is being performed in Turkish. There will be seven performances of two plays during the next two weeks, so mark your calendars and plan to chase away the January blahs or take a break from exam worries with a night at the theater!

"Üç Tekerlekli Araba"
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Bilkent Theater Hall
Free Entrance
Reservation: ext.1775

From the Editorial Board

Dear Bilkent News Readers,
The next issue of the Bilkent News will be published on Tuesday, February 7.
Have a happy holiday season, and good luck on your finals!