Volume 8, Number 14
12 February 2002

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Dean Celasun Receives TEA Award

Prof. Merih Celasun

Prof. Merih Celasun, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, was the recipient of the outstanding academic service award of the Turkish Economic Association (TEA) for the year 2001. TEA award winners are selected on the basis of their academic contributions to the development of the profession of economics in Turkey. The TEA was founded in 1929 with the support of Atatürk and his colleagues to promote economics as a scientific discipline with the broad objective of providing expertise in the process of economic development. In recent years, the TEA, an institutional member of the International Economic Association, has been active as a networking organization to promote economics education and research with a focus on economic policy and regional development in Turkey. At the award ceremony on December 12, Dean Celasun gave a lecture on systemic financial crises from a cross-national perspective.

Bilkent Faculty Receives Writer’s Award

Simon Leech, an instructor in First-Year English has been awarded a prestigious international writer’s award. Leech has been granted a one-month residency in the historical 14th Century Hawthornden Castle, near Edinburgh, Scotland. The coveted Hawthornden

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The General Director of UNESCO to Receive Honorary Doctorate

Koichiro Matsuura, the General Director of UNESCO will be presented with an honorary doctorate by Bilkent University. The ceremony will take place at the Bilkent Concert Hall on Thursday, February 14 at 2:30 p.m., and will be followed by a short speech by the General Director himself. All academic and administrative staff, as well as all students are invited to attend the ceremony. Buses will be departing from in front of the Engineering Faculty building on Main Campus, and from the Bilintur Cafeteria on East Campus at 1:45 p.m. and will return to the same places after the ceremony.
Mini Concert
Speech by the General Director of UNESCO
Questions and answers
Closing at 3:30 p.m.

How Will We Live in Space?

Serkan Anılır
During the Fall Semester 2001, students from the Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design had the opportunity to pose the question ‘How will we live in Space?’ when they were asked to design an “Orbital Space Settlement” for IAED courses 393 and 315, developed by Markus Wilsing and Tijen Sonkan. The project was inspired by the goals of NASA’s Human Exploration and Development of Space Enterprise: to increase our knowledge of space as an environment, to explore and settle the Solar System, to make space travel something routine and to enrich life on earth through people living and working in space. NASA member and Space Architect A. Serkan Anılır visited the department on December 13, 2001 and gave a presentation about future

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Bilkent Guitarists Receive International Recognition

Kürşad Terci and Kağan Korad, faculty members of the Department of Music, received international recognition recently in Belgrade. Already ranked among the best guitarists of Turkey, the duo performed a concert in the first congress of the Association of Southwest European Guitarists (ASEG) held in Belgrade between 21-23 December 2001.

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