2014 News

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

Young Scholar Profile: Gul Dolen

My desire to become a scientist was incited when I was about 8 years old, visiting family in Antalya, Turkey. Having grown up in the USA, and never having seen sea urchins before, I was very afraid of the black, spiny, bizarre creatures littering the sandy beaches, and refused to go into the sea. My grandmother, a high school biology teacher, was able to reassure me of the sea urchins harmlessness, by taking one in her hand, letting me touch its spines, dissecting out its stomach, and showing me its tiny teeth. I spent the rest of the summer swimming in the sea until my fingers were pruned, and the rest of my life fascinated by the wonders of nature.   full story

Crossing the Bridge - May 2014

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation program ever with over €75 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. In comparison to all the previous framework programs, Horizon 2020 has the following new elements   full story

TASSA 2014 Conference was a great success!

TASSA has completed another chapter with remarkable success by its Annual Conference at University of Maryland on March 22-23, 2014. More than 400 eminent scientists and scholars from both the United States and Turkey attended the meeting in growing numbers   full story

TASSA met Kılıçdaroğlu

During his visit to Washington, D.C. TASSA representatives met with Mr. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of Turkey’s main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) on December 1st. Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu was accompanied by party’s deputy chairs Umut Oran, Safak Pavey, Sezgin Tanrikulu, Faik Oztrak and former Ambassador of Turkey to the U.S and TASSA Honorary Member, Dr.Osman Faruk Loğoğlu.   full story

From The President: Winter 2014

Dear Friends of TASSA, As we publish the first issue of 2014, I wish everyone a successful and prosperous year! In this issue there are many examples of success stories from the Turkish Science Diaspora members. These stories and news are much needed in the wake of depressing news we get from our motherland. I am sure this is a small representation of all the good work Turkish Scholars are doing. Please share with us your accomplishments so that we can share them with the World.   full story

Crossing the Bridge - January 2014

The Science Academy -Bilim Akademisi (www.bilimakademisi.org) was founded on November 25, 2011 in Istanbul, as an independent non-governmental entity with a mission to sustain the highest standards of academic excellence, academic freedom and integrity in Turkey. The Science Academy was set up as a Society-Dernek under Turkish Law. Its charter calls for membership by invitation after careful evaluation of academic excellence and vote by the general assembly of the Science Academy.   full story

Young Scholar of the Month - Anıl Ağıral

My passion for chemistry began in my early childhood and stemmed naturally from my interest in reading science books and designing my own experiments at home. I was formulating my own cleaning solutions, rocket fuels, insecticides and entertaining my friends with “magical” chemistry tricks! In fourth grade, I learned the full periodic table with elemental properties.   full story