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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."

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.”

Why Oxford University Couldn't Survive Without Philanthropy

Image You shouldn’t need a first in maths from Oxford to figure out that your ancient, inadequately subsidised alma mater urgently requires the support of private donors — and that your money is as good as (almost) anyone’s, says Josh Spero. It started with the Led Zeppelin concert.’ Unlikelier sentences have been spoken, but probably not in Oxford. Professor Nick Rawlins is sitting in his office overlooking Wellington Square talking about the recently announced £26 million gift to the university by Mica Ertegun, the widow of Ahmet Ertegun, Atlantic Records founder and promoter of the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and the Zep. The money will endow 35 scholarships for humanities graduates at a time when the sciences, seen as more practical or valuable, receive more philanthropic funding. £1 million from the concert at the O2 was donated to Oxford by the band and ‘that got Mica Ertegun thinking she’d like to come to Oxford. She came to Oxford and she fell in love, not just with the buildings but with the people.’ It must be rare for donors to walk through the door. ‘There are several days when no multimillionaire comes to ask me if they can help,’ he laughs.

Envoy Calls on Turkish Scientists in USA to Share Experiences with Youth

Image Turkish Ambassador Tan calls on Turkish scientists in USA to share experiences with Turkish youth. Turkish Ambassador in Washington Namik Tan on Saturday made a call on Turkish scientists living in the United States to share their experiences and success with Turkish youth in Turkey.

Ermeni Yalanlarina Son Mitingi

Image Ali Cinar- New York - Amerika’nın en aktif dernekleri arasında olan Young Turks-Genç Türkler Derneği’nin düzenleyeceği “Ermeni Yalanlarına Son ve Şehitlerimizi Anma”Mitingi, 24 Nisan 2010 Cumartesi günü 12.00 pm ile 5.00 pm arasında yapılacağı açıklandı.

Her yıl olduğu gibi Times Square meydanına yakın, 42ci sokak ve 7ci cadde arasında yapılacağını belirten Genç Türkler Derneği’nin Kurucu Başkanı Tulga Tekman, büyük bir katılımla programı yapacaklarını belirtti.

City Tech Professor Mushabac Named 2011 Scholar on NYCCT Campus for her Sephardic Short Story: Pasha

ImageNewswise — Brooklyn, NY -- Writer, historian and playwright Jane Mushabac has been named the 2011 Scholar on Campus at New York City College of Technology (City Tech).

She will perform and discuss her Sephardic short story “Pasha: Ruminations of David Aroughetti” on Monday, April 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in City Tech's Atrium Amphitheater, 300 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn. The public is invited to this free event.

Dr. Mushabac, associate professor of English, specializes in American literature, New York City history and Judeo-Spanish Ottoman-American culture. She wrote “Pasha” under the pen name Shalach Manot (which refers to the gifts of food given on the holiday of Purim to friends and family). It’s about a Turkish Jew in the deteriorating Ottoman Empire in the early 1900s who talks tough like a pasha, but it’s ironic because he has neither status nor money.

Dr. Mushabac wrote the story in Judeo-Spanish -- Ladino -- and translated it into English for publication in the Jewish journal Midstream. Ladino is the language spoken by Spanish Jews for well over 500 years, since their 1492 expulsion from Spain and migration to the Ottoman Empire. “The language includes many Turkish and Hebrew words,” she explains. This July, Sephardic Horizons, founded last year, will publish the original Ladino version of “Pasha.”
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