2017 News

TASSA Statement on Wikipedia Ban in Turkey

TASSA (Turkish American Scientists and Scholars Association) Board is deeply concerned by the blockage of access to Wikipedia across Turkey since April 29, 2017. Wikipedia has provided free access to knowledge using open source means and with no monetary motivation. It is imperative that access to information and freedom of expression are upheld in Turkey to ensure continued and healthy development of our democracy and achieve advances in areas, such as education, science, and technology.   full story

TASSA Marches for Science

TASSA President Prof. Haluk Unal and other representatives joined the March for Science rally in Washington DC, on April 22, 2017. TASSA representatives joined the March to celebrate the many contributions Turkish Science Diaspora has made to the advancement of knowledge in the United States and also to show solidarity with all scientists and scholars in the United States who are against the deep cuts in sciences, humanities, and art in Federal budget.   full story

Euraxess North America Issues a Mentoring Report

In December 2016, TASSA participated in EURAXESS North America’s 2nd Annual Meeting of European Scientific Diasporas in Washington, D.C. The meeting’s focus was on mentoring, where leaders discussed best practices, and opportunities and challenges of current mentoring programs run by various diaspora groups in North America.   full story

TASSA Publishes 2016 Activity Report

Dear Friends of TASSA, TASSA has completed a busy and a successful year in connecting the scientific communities in the US and Turkey. The highlight of the year was TASSA 2016 Conference held at the University of Chicago. The Co-Chairs Ercan Alp from Argonne National Lab and Burhaneddin Sandıkçı from University of Chicago delivered a memorable conference on April 2-3, 2016 to the 467 Turkish-American scientists and scholars who attended the sessions and many hundreds more that joined online through the live web broadcast.   full story

The Turkish Physicists Network (TPN) Meets in New Orleans

The Turkish Physicists Network (TPN) met in New Orleans on March 14, 2017. The meeting took place immediately following the Forum on International Physics (FIP) Annual Reception. TPN was warmly welcome by Dr. Cherrill Spencer, the Chair of FIP, and by Dr. Amy Flatten, the Head of the International Office of the APS.   full story

Dr. Ümit Özkan first woman to win American Chemical Society Energy and Fuels Division Storch Award

Professor Ozkan and students from her laboratory.Professor Ozkan and students from her laboratory.Professor Umit Ozkan is a pioneer who has often been the first woman in her field to achieve and be recognized for her accomplishments.   full story

Dr. Veysel Tahan is selected as American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)- Mentor

Veysel Tahan, MD, FACG is selected as American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)- Mentor on Research Career, Academics, Clinical Career and Education Career topics for Nationwide GI fellows.   full story

Dr. Atilla Soran Received Honorary Fellowship

Dr.Atilla Soran received Honorary fellowship for his significant contributions to breast health related activities. He is one of the 10 National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) members who received this Honorary fellowship so far and the only Turk among them.   full story

Kadri Vural on High Performance Infrared Detector Arrays

The infrared (IR) wavebands of ~ 1-14 µm are of interest for various government, military, industrial, and commercial applications such as thermal imaging cameras. The key component of a thermal imaging system is the IR detector.   full story

Dr. Aysegül Gündüz Receives Provost’s Excellence Award for Assistant Professors

Dr. Gunduz received 2017 Excellence Award for Assistant Professors, presented by University of Florida’s Provost’s Office. The awards program recognizes research accomplishments by junior faculty members   full story

Young Scientist of the Month: Çağlar Girit

1) Would you please tell us about yourself and your journey that led you to become a scholar? When I was a boy my father would take me to his lab in the physics department at Princeton University.In the hangar-like building that housed his experiment to detect neutrinos, he would fill his dilution refrigerator with liquid helium.   full story


In every issue of The Bridge, we now include science cartoons. In this issue, we have a page from Engineering History: History of Science   full story