2014 News

Young Scholar Profile: Ahmet F. Coşkun

My journey to curiosity began in my early college years at Koç University, Turkey. I started majoring in Electrical Engineering with the intent to develop medical devices that can save lives. I could have contributed to human health by attending a medical school, but I wanted to stay on the technology side of health research. This gave me the chance to approach biological problems with an engineering mindset.   full story

A Conversation with Esen Ercan Alp

I graduated from Middle East Technical University, first studying engineering (BSc and MSc), and later physics. I then went to a place called DESY in Hamburg to learn nuclear spectroscopy as an IAEA Fellow. After finishing my PhD in Southern Illinois University, I joined Argonne National Laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher 30 years ago, and I have been there since then.   full story

CROSSING THE BRIDGE – September 2014

Turkish Researchers’ Performance in European Research Council Grants Last week, the President of European Research Council (ERC), Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, visited Turkey to overview Turkish scientists’ ERC performance during the EU 7th Framework Program (FP7) (2007-2013) and exchanged ideas on how to improve it for the ERC calls for the Horizon2020 program (2014-2020). The President of Turkish Academy of Science, the President of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), rectors and vice rectors of the Turkish Universities, Turkish researchers and university research administrations attended the meeting.   full story

From the President: Fall 2014

As we start the Fall semester, I wish the members of the TASSA community a healthy and a productive academic year. At TASSA we are coming out of a slow summer, which was basically a reorganization period. First, we have three new Board members; Professors Ayse Imrohoroglu and Selim Unlu and a long-time TASSA friend Dr. Bulent Basol. Their addition will bring new energy to the group.   full story

TUBITAK Academic Research Funding Program Directorate (ARDEB) announces the release of “ARDEB Success Stories” Book

TUBITAK ARDEB's new book reviews recent successful research projects that are in alignment with Turkey’s general science and technology policies and principles, as well as country’s long-term goals.   full story

Aydogan Ozcan received HHMI Professorship

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) recently announced 15 leading scientist-educators as HHMI Professor, including Aydogan Ozcan. Dr. Ozcan is the Chancellor’s Professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.   full story

A Turkish Physician Scientist’s Study Receives National Attention

Shortly after departing the boxing ring, the king of boxing, Muhammed Ali, started having symptoms. First his hands started to shake, and then his movements started to slow down. His speech was also affected. The king, who in his own words, “would fly like a butterfly, but sting like a bee” was suffering from a neurologic disease called Parkinson’s disease.   full story

From The President: Summer 2014

Summer of 2014 is here and we are all recovering from an intense year. At TASSA the Conference is over and we are very happy with the results. We had over 300 hundred academics and scientists attend the conference, the sessions were lively, and the young scientists had ample opportunity to showcase their work. We also had the chance to foster relations with Turkish Universities and gave them opportunities to do recruiting for positions in Turkey. Financially, thanks to our sponsors and contributors TASSA did not lose money despite that the Conference registration was free.   full story

Smart phones turn into powerful microscopes in the hands of a Turkish Scientist, Aydogan Ozcan

Imagine that you are on vacation in a remote Anatolian Village. You start having an abdominal pain a few hours after eating a meal. You also remember that you drank your host’s well water. The closest clinic is six hours away and you want to know if the water you drank was contaminated. “No problem,” says Aydogan Ozcan. If you have a smart phone and one of his gadgets that Ozcan and his research team developed at his laboratories on UCLA campus, all you need to do is attach it to the back of your smart phone and now you have a powerful microscope in your hands.   full story

Düzce University - Turkish University Leadership Improvement Programme (TULIP)

Duzce University developed the first and only education and mentorship program for woman leadership in higher education in Turkey. To this end; a framework program called Turkish Universities Leadership Improvement Program (TULIP) is established. Within this program, a specific program titled Education and Mentorship Program for Improvement and Empowerment of Woman Leadership in Higher Education is developed.   full story

TASSA Commentary on SOMA Mining Accident

As the community of Turkish Scientists and Scholars living in the United States, we are deeply saddened about the mining tragedy in SOMA that cost the lives of more than three hundred miners. Our heart-felt condolences go out to the miners’ loved ones whose husbands, uncles, brothers, or sons paid the ultimate price.   full story

TASSA represented at Fletcher School Conference on Turkey

On April 11 TASSA President Professor Haluk Unal and Fletcher School Associate Dean Bhaskar Chakravorti had a Fireside Chat on "The State of Human Capital: Turkey's Intellectual Contributions" at the Fletcher School Conference, Turkey’s Turn: Perennial Linchpin or emerging hub? Excerpts from that conversation is as follows   full story