Volume 9, Number 8
12 November 2002

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Hematology Research Award Presented

Cemaliye Akyerli, a PhD. student at Bilkent University, has been awarded the Turkish Society of Hematology award, “Pharmacia Advances in Hematology Prize,” as well as the American Society of Hematology award for her research in the field of Leukimia. The project entitled “Analysis of High and Low Chronic Myeloid Leukemia by Gene Expression Profiling” received the highest award from the Turkish Society of Hematology, and was a collaborative study involving research groups from Bilkent University's Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, led by Dr. Tayfun Özçelik, the Ankara University Medical School’s Department of Hematology, led by Dr. Meral Beksaç, and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s Lerner Research Institute, headed by Dr. Bryan Williams.
This project aimed at identifying the genes associated with one of the most common forms of leukemia by employing new microarray technology popularly described as “genechip”. For this purpose, Cemaliye Akyerli spotted more than 10,000 DNA pieces on a glass microscope slide and simultaneously analyzed the expression profiles of approximately 5,000 genes. Sophisticated bioinformatic tools had to be applied to make sense of the extremely complex data. Currently, the research team is working on the development of genetic tests, which will assist doctors in making decisions on individual treatment protocols for patients. Furthermore, the team hopes to identify possible drug targets for the treatment of hematological malignancies.
Cemaliye Akyerli will receive the American Society of Hematology award at the 44th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in Philadelphia on December 7, 2002.

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Atatürk Commemorated

November 10, 2002

Assoc. Prof. Sayan to Receive Parlar Award

Dr. Serdar Sayan, a faculty member in the Economics Department, has been named as a recipient of the 2002 Young Investigator Award bestowed by the Parlar Foundation in honor of the late METU professor Mustafa Parlar. Every year the Parlar Foundation recognizes the achievements of scientists and scholars from different fields for their exceptional research productivity.
Dr. Sayan's primary research interests are in the areas of computational and international economics; his recent work has focused on theoretical and empirical issues concerning social security reform and the implications of different speeds of population aging in various parts of the world, as well as on patterns of international trade and migration.
Dr. Sayan will receive the award at a commemoration ceremony to be held at METU on December 19, 2002.

University Senate Proposes New Academic Units for the University

Last week Bilkent University Senate convened to discuss the proposals of various departments and faculties of the university. After a lengthy session, the senate unanimously voted in favor of submitting to the Board of Trustees the following proposals:

  • Establishment of a new masters degree in the field of “Management in Education”
  • Establishment of a new five year program (undergraduate + Masters) in the Faculty of Education for the training of English teachers for high schools
  • A new Research Center focusing on the field of Maritime Law (Deniz Hukuku Araştırma Merkezi). The members of this center are to include experts from Bilkent’s International Relations Department and Faculty of Law.
  • Establishment of a Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Humanities and Letters
  • Establishment of a Joint Degree Program between New York State University and Bilkent
    The Board of Trustees will be meeting on November 13 to discuss the proposals of the Senate.

    Turgay Demirel
    Student Union President

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