TASSA President Haluk Ünal Addresses the
Attendees of the European Science Diaspora
The workshop, which
was moderated by the European Union Delegation to the USA, was attended by
the Science Counselors/Advisors from the embassies of: Italy, Austria,
Germany, France, Spain, Poland, Ireland, Greece, Turkey, Slovenia,
Slovakia, Croatia and Portugal.
TASSA attended the first
working meeting of representatives of various US-based European national
Scientific Communities held at the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC on
Friday, November 14th, 2014. TASSA President Haluk Ünal and TASSA Vice
President Levent Güntay represented TASSA at the meeting. Arif Hakan
Yeter from the Embassy of Turkey also attended the meeting.
Haluk Ünal gave a
presentation discussing the role and activities of TASSA. He informed the
participants on TASSA's membership base, TASSA-organized conferences and
events, The Bridge newsletter, TASSA Connect, and future projects such as
the TASSA Academy. He also suggested the organization of a conference on
WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), which can be a common field of
interest to all communities as well as the European Commission.
Dağdeviren, a TASSA Awardee, is elected as a "Junior
Fellow" to Society of Fellow at Harvard University
Dağdeviren never met her paternal grand father.
He was only 28 years old when his heart failed and stopped beating.
This tragic event determined her future career. At an early
age, Dağdeviren promised herself that by the age that her grandpa
passed away, she would do something that would help heart disease
patients so that their lives would not be ended prematurely like her
grandfather. And she kept that promise. When she received her Ph.D.
from the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign, she held a device
in her hand that she developed and proved in preclinical studies to
power heart-devices by converting mechanical energy of heartbeats into
microscope developed at Aydoğan Özcan's Laboratory at UCLA can
detect cancer at the cellular level
Aydoğan's team has developed a lens-free microscope that can be used
to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with
the same accuracy as larger and more expensive optical microscopes.
The invention could
lead to less expensive and more portable technology for performing common
examinations of tissue, blood and other biomedical specimens. It may
prove especially useful in remote areas and in cases where large numbers
of samples need to be examined quickly.
and Şekercioğlu Receive TÜBİTAK 2014 Special Prize
Each year, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey
(TÜBİTAK) , a governmental organization leading the management,
funding and conduct of scientific research in Turkey, recognizes the
accomplishments of outstanding scientists with a prize in three different
categories: science, special and incentive. This year Scientific Board of
TUBITAK presented 3 science, 2 special, and 14 incentive prizes to
individuals whose scientific work contributed significantly to their
Prize" is given to Turkish citizen scientists residing outside of
Turkey who made significant contributions to their fields
internationally. Hayat Onyuksel, a professor of Pharmaceutics and
Bioengineering in the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences at the
University of Illinois in Chicago, and Çağan Şekercioğlu,
an assistant professor in the Department of Biology, at the University of
Utah, are the recipient of this year's "Special
Sends More Students to the United States Than Any Other European Country
several decades, U.S. universities have been the primary destination for
Turkish Students. Although initially majority of the students were pursuing
graduate degrees, there has been a remarkable increase in the number of
Turkish Students studying at American Universities at undergraduate
level. We reached Jonathan Henick, Counselor for Public Affairs,
U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey, to obtain information about the recent
trends and their programs geared towards Turkish Students who wants to
pursue education in the U.S.
New Initiative To Support e-Learning
Turkish Scientific and
Technological Research Council (TÜBİTAK) recently announced a new
program to fund creation of electronic educational materials in the form
of academic e-books or videos geared towards undergraduate and graduate
studies. TÜBİTAK will provide up to 120 thousand Turkish Lira
(about $ 52,000) for the production costs of the material, and as much as
$22,000 copyright fee to the authors.
In an e-mail sent to
mostly Turkish scientist and scholars around the world, "Science and
Society" directorate of TÜBİTAK announced that the organization
plans to support 5,000 academic e-courses and 5,000 e-books. Both
individuals and educational institutions can apply for the program.
Bank-Wharton School Announces
for Action" Competition
Bank-Wharton School Announces "Ideas for Action" Competition; a
youth competition on finance for development sponsored by the World Bank
Group and the Wharton School.
idea and the goal of the "Ideas for Action" competition is described
in an information brochure as the following "Today's youth will be
responsible for delivering the post-2015 development agenda, also known
as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will replace the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire at the end of 2015.
The SDGs will be more ambitious than the MDGs, covering a broad range of
interconnected issues, from sustainable economic growth, to social
issues, to global public goods. To realize this vision, a
just-as-ambitious plan for financing and implementation is needed".
American Scientists and Scholars Association (TASSA) is an independent,
non-profit and non-political organization established in June 2004 in
Washington, DC. READ MORE
to Explore Collaboration Opportunities between the U.S. and Turkey
this article, we will highlight two important upcoming events for those
of you whishing to explore collaboration opportunities between the U.S.
The EU-U.S. Innovation Conference
(January 14-15, 2015, Brussels, Belgium)
Global Innovation Summit (February 20-16,
2015, San Jose, CA, USA)
of the Board Members
behalf of the editorial team of TASSA we are pleased to introduce the
members of our Board of Directors, who have agreed to graciously share their
thoughts on TASSA and its activities, as well as information about
themselves with our readership. In this issue we feature Dr. Bülent
Basol who is presently CTO and co-founder of 3D Forms, a young start-up
company in Silicon Valley.
with Burcu Akıncı
guest on this issue of The Bridge is Burcu Akıncı, Paul
Christiano Professor in the College of Civil and Environmental
Engineering of Carnegie Mellon University.
In every issue of The
Bridge, we highlight a young scholar profile from our diaspora. These
accomplished and early career individuals demonstrate the potential of
next generation Turkish-American scientists and scholars. The young
scholar in this issue is Ömer Yılmaz, MD., Ph.D. who is an assistant
professor of biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard
Akcakaya on Predicting and Preventing Extinctions due to
global climate change is expected to have major impacts on earth's
biodiversity, and may cause many species to become extinct in the coming
decades and centuries. Conservation biologists are developing
approaches to prevent climate-related species extinctions.
TASSA, we would like to celebrate your accomplishments by sharing them with
our community. Please share with us your and other Turkish Scientist's
recent accomplishments, and success stories.
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