Volume 5, Number 3
28 September 1998

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New Parking Lot Under Way

Relief is about a month away for students frustrated by the often full parking lots near the Faculties of Business, Art, Design, and Architecture (FADA), and School of English Language. A new parking lot with about 220 spaces between the School of English and Faculty of Music and Performing Arts buildings should be ready in about 30 days if bad weather does not delay construction, according to Ramiz Akgün, Manager of Construction and Maintenance. The ongoing construction project is expected to cut down on the amount of traffic using the main road to get to the Main Campus and will increase the amount of student parking on the Main Campus by about a third, from 615 to nearly 840.

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Physics Student Gets Conference Grant
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Burak Temelkuran, a graduate student in Bilkent's Physics Department, has been named one of the winners of the Optical Society of America's New Focus Travel Grant. This grant is given to graduate students who will present papers at the Optical Society of America's Annual Meeting in Baltimore between October 5 and 9.

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Ayşe Selçuk, a valuable member of the Bilkent News Editorial Board, has stepped out of this position as of this issue. We extend our appreciation for her involvement and hard work with Bilkent News for many years.

Bilkent News welcomes a new member to the Editorial Board, Mr. Pat Bywater. We wish him good luck with his new position.

Also in this issue:

Narayanan's Visit Thrills Instructor from India

The President of India is not as powerful as the President of the U.S. or as powerless as the Queen of England. The presidency of India is a position of dignity, prestige, pride, and glory and the president represents the largest democratic republic in the world - India - a country with 950 million people.

His Excellency President K.R. Narayanan's visit to Bilkent University was a matter of great excitement and honor: great excitement because a man of Mr. Narayanan's stature, great intellect, and astounding personality, a product of London School of Economics, visited Bilkent University; honor because he was bestowed with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Political Science, a matter of great significance for Bilkent as an international university.

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Renowned Scholar
of Turkish Literature
to Visit Campus

Prof. Walter G. Andrews Professor Walter G. Andrews, distinguished scholar of Ottoman literature at the University of Washington in Seattle, will visit Bilkent University during the first week of October. In addition to a public lecture on October 1, Prof. Andrews will conduct a workshop with the students of the newly-established Department of Turkish Literature.

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The Turing Test
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Can machines think? In 1950 the famous British Mathematician Alan Turing suggested that this question should be replaced by a test designed to determine whether machines can imitate human beings. Is such a test too weak or, perhaps, too strong? Could a machine ever pass it? Does it offer an appropriate basis for granting intelligence?

This week's SIGART discussion will focus on these and similar questions. Pİnar Saygİn will give a short introduction so everyone can join in the intellectual exercise on Tuesday, September 29, at 5:40 p.m. in room EA502 of the Engineering Bld. http://www.cs.bilkent.edu.tr/~david/sigart

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