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"Turkish American scientists and acholars araound the country. Their success stories, discoveries, inventions... They build a sustainable science bridge between the U.S. and Turkey. This bridge would facilitate the flow of scientists and scholars, knowledge, and technology and help link science and technology institutions in the two countries."

Bitcoin Cash Devcon Gets Commended By Cornell Professor Emin Gün Sirer

Emin Gün Sirer is a renowned computer scientist who is Turkish-American. He is currently a professor at Cornell University who has made a lot of contributions to the development of the cryptocurrency industry, computer networking and operating systems. Speaking about the debate regarding cryptocurrency as a medium of exchange or a store of value at the San Francisco Blockchain Week, he declared his support for Bitcoin Cash.

Vamik Volkan Says Psychological Borders Become Physical Ones

Actual walls made of brick or stone, such as the one President Trump would like to build between the U.S. and Mexico, are built as physical borders to protect a large-group identity psychologically, a professor said Wednesday. “So America, the great, will be psychologically protected,” said  Dr. Vamik Volkan, emeritus professor of Psychiatry at UVa. Volkan, author of more than 50 books and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, spoke Wednesday night at Waynesboro Public Library on "The Psychology of Immigrants and Refugees.” Sherry Von Oeyen of Staunton, who attended with her husband Bob,  said she felt she learned something from Volkan’s talk about immigrants and refugees, and she does not want the U.S. to build walls.

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Professor Gokhan Hotamisligil Receives 2018 EASD–Novo Nordisk Foundation Diabetes Prize for Excellence

Turkish American Professor Gokhan S. Hotamisligil received the 2018 EASD–Novo Nordisk Foundation Diabetes Prize for Excellence for his outstanding research efforts that have led to groundbreaking new knowledge about the relationship between obesity and diabetes and potential paths for treatment.

Betül Kaçar Invokes the Past in Modern Bacteria

Betül Kaçar joined The University of Arizona Molecular and Cell Biology department as an astrobiology professor. This is a first time a molecular biology professorship position specifically targeted for origins of life and astrobiology. After earning her PhD in Bio Molecular Chemistry at Emory University’s School of Medicine and Chemistry, she developed an interest in evolution and deep questions that impacted the way life is today. She applied for a NASA postdoctoral fellowship. They awarded her with this fellowship and she also received a NASA Early Career Fellowship, as well as a grant from the Exobiology Branch of NASA. Kaçar responded TURKOFAMERICA’s questions.

Turkish Think Tank Hosts Discussion in US on Syria

A panel of experts in Washington held discussions Tuesday on a political solution to Syria’s ongoing civil war. Hosted by Washington-based think tank SETA DC, the discussion was titled “The Geneva Process: Toward a Political Solution in Syria”. Mona Yacoubian, a senior advisor at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Andrew Tabler, Martin J. Gross Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Hassan Hassan, a senior fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, and Kadir Ustun, executive director at SETA DC, took part in the panel. The discussion was moderated by Kilic Kanat, a research director at SETA DC. Participants agreed that actual developments in the field in Syria as well as peace talks in Astana and Geneva would directly affect a political process in the country.

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Turkish-American Professor Named New Head of Engineering Department at MIT

Turkish-American Prof. Dr. Asu Özdağlar has been named the new head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Özdağlar has served as the interim head of the department since July 1 after former head Acanthi Chandraksan was named dean of the School of Engineering. Özdağlar is best known for her contributions to the areas of optimization theory, economic and social networked systems, and game theory.

Turkish Nobel Laureate Aziz Sancar to Meet Gifted Children and Their Families

Image The All Gifted People Association (TÜZDER) brings gifted children, their parents and educators together as part of Genius and Gifted People Day with its motto: "Geniuses are included." The event will take place at Yıldız Technical University's Davut Paşa Campus Congress and Cultural Center on May 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nobel Prize laureate Professor Aziz Sancar will attend the event as the guest of honor.

Prof Vamik Volkan Wins World's Prestigious Psychoanalysis Award

Image Vamık Djemal Volkan, M.D., a Turkish Cypriot emeritus professor of psychiatry who resides in the US, has been one of the two winners of the prestigious Sigourney Award, which honors achievements for the advancement of psychoanalysis. Volkan and Jay Greenberg, Ph. D have been selected as the recipients of the 2015 Sigourney Award for their outstanding achievement in psychoanalysis, according to a statement posted on sigourneyaward.org.

US Authorities Targeting Muslim Professors at Airports

Image Two well-known Muslim professors joined the ranks of many Muslims who have been targetted by U.S. authorities at airports in recent years. Turkish professor Dr. Talip Kucukcan and Iranian-American professor Hamid Dabashi were both questioned at the New York JFK airport last week. Dr. Talip Kucukcan revealed that he was questioned for one and a half hours in an humiliating manner as he entered New York’s JFK airport on November 11, according to his Twitter account.

A Conduit for People who Love Malcolm All Over the World

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Sisters Malaak Shabazz (left) and Ilyasah Shabazz keep their parents? spirit alive through the Center. (Photo by Robin Elisabeth Kilmer/Manhattan Times)
Nearly five decades after the assassination of Malcolm X at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights, a portion of the building is now dedicated to preserving the legacy of the African-American icon, reports Robin Elisabeth Kilmer for Manhattan Times. While the legacy of Malcolm X and the Ballroom, located at 3940 Broadway at 165th Street, are forever intertwined, the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center with its mostly volunteer staff – led by interim executive director Mark Harding – strives to establish its own identity, distinct from the Audubon. Last year, over 30,000 visited the Center, said Harding, 10,000 more than 2011. “We are a conduit for people who love Malcolm all over the world,” said Harding. “We’re the custodians of this place of martyrdom.”
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