News Highlights

The July 2016 issue of the journal Climate Research published a joint study by Prof. Murat Türkeş, member of Board of Directors of Boğaziçi University’s Center for Climate Change and Policy Studies and Prof. Ecmel Arat of Ege University, Department of Geography, Physical Geography Division. The study is titled “Dates of Frost Onset, Frost End and the Frost-Free Season in Turkey: Trends, Variability and Links to the North Atlantic and Arctic Oscillations Indices, 1950-2013”.

Boğaziçi University’s Neurodegeneration Research Laboratory (NDAL) is representing Turkey in Project MinE, which has brought together teams from 16 countries aiming to discover the causes of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), a disease related to loss of motor neuron cells, and to develop effective treatments.  Project MinE is the first, biggest, and most comprehensive research study on ALS conducted internationally, after the Human Genome Project initiated in the 1990s to identify and map human DNA.

The collaboration between Boğaziçi University and Harvard Business Publishing (HBS), a leading name in academic publishing in the fields of management and economics, offers academics and students online access to a rich library comprising case analyses, articles, reading material, special files and online education programs.  

Muhammed Topal, a second year student in the Department of Economics, is one of the four Turkish students to participate in the Economic Forum of Young Leaders 2016, also referred to as “Davos of the Young”.  The forum, a major organization that brings together young leaders from Europe, will meet for the 11th time this year.  It aims to host around 350 participants and serve as an effective platform for discussion to have the youth heard.  

Boğaziçi University has been selected by the best students of Turkey again this year.  The number of students ranking in the top 1000 registering to Boğaziçi University increased this year as well. 49% of the students admitted to Boğaziçi University for the 2016-2017 academic year were placed in the department of their first choice.

Prof. Haluk Özener, Director of Boğaziçi University’s Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, stated that earthquakes were common for Turkey, emphasizing the importance of being prepared for them.  Özener said, “We expect a major earthquake in the Marmara region, and we know that it is getting closer.  Unfortunately, we do not know exactly when it will hit.”  

The book titled “Multiphase Catalytic Reactors: Theory, Design, Manufacturing and Applications” prepared for publication by Prof. Zeynep İlsen Önsan and Prof. Ahmet Kerim Avcı of Boğaziçi University’s Chemistry Department is a work of reference in its field. The book was published by John Wiley & Sons, a leader in academic publishing.

Prof. Can A. Yücesoy of Boğaziçi University’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering has been working on a project aimed at developing a new approach to understanding the causes of muscular diseases and optimizing currently used treatments, using mathematical modeling and various experimental techniques. The project is supported by TUBITAK.

The “Boğaziçi from Generation to Generation” seminars were held within the framework of the 2016 Boğaziçi University Open House Program held between July 19-27. The seminars brought together Boğaziçi graduates who have successful careers with student candidates. In the first seminar held on July 22, the graduates shared their professional experiences with the student candidates and talked about what it means to be a member of the Boğaziçi community.  Among the participants were Serdar Sunay, Mehmet Erktin, Gönenç Tarakçıoğlu and Başar Başaran.

The first stage in the process of the election and appointment of the Boğaziçi University President to serve during the 2016-2020 term was completed with the elections held at the South Campus’ Albert Long Hall on Tuesday, July 12. Out of 444 tenured and tenure-track full time academics employed at the university that are eligible to vote, 403 participated in the vote, making this the highest participation rate in the University’s history. 399 of the 403 votes cast were valid, with 4 blank votes.  The votes received by the candidates were as follows:

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