Past Event

Simone de Beauvoir, Reşat Nuri Güntekin, Augmented Mechanics, Research- and Student-Centric Education

November 29, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio-X Istanbul

Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul Speaker Series

Prof. Dr. A. Nihat Berker, Kadir Has University Vice President and Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences, MIT Emeritus Professor of Physics

*The event will be followed by a reception.
**The event will be in Turkish with no simultaneous translation.

Nihat Berker, Kadir Has University Vice President and Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Sabancı University Former President (2009-16), MIT Emeritus Professor of Physics, received his double BS in Physics and Chemistry from MIT, his MS and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After postdoctoral research at Harvard University, he was a faculty member at MIT from 1979 to 1999, including full professor from 1988 to 2004. He returned to Turkey in 1999 and has taught without letup undergraduate, graduate, and high school students and open-access courses. He served at Istanbul Technical University as Head of the Physics Department and Dean of Sciences and Letters, and at Koç University as Physics Professor. He is the recipient of the MIT Physics Department Buechner Teaching Prize, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, Science Award of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK), Fellowship of the American Physical Society, MIT School of Science Teaching Prize for Excellence in Graduate Education, Outstanding Turkish Scientist Citation of the Academy of Sciences of Turkey, Humboldt Research Award (first from Turkey), Best Faculty of the Year Award of KoçPost Student Newspaper, 100 Turks Giving Direction to Science, and the Honor Award of the Turkish Physical Society. He is an elected member of the Academy of Sciences of Turkey and the Academia Europaea. During his Presidency from 2009 to 2016, he has continued his physics research and publications, and the courses he gave every semestre (“Phase Transitions and Renormalization-Group Theory”, ”Statistical Physics”, “Word Energy Outlook: The Coming Year”, “Water: Its Physics, Nanophysics, Chemistry, and Geopolitics”, “Alcibiades and Philoctetes: Talents and Rights of an Individual in an Oligarchic Society”, “Fantasy, Reality, Science, Society”, “Orientalism Practiced and Theorized: Durrell and Said”, ”Augmented Mechanics”, ”Quantum Mechanics and Nano Science”). Among the courses he taught at Kadir Has University are: ”Materials Science”, “Fantasy, Reality, Science, Society, Law”, “Literatures of Intimate Separacies: Vizyenos, Armen, Seyfettin, Cumalı”, “Relations and Estrangement/Engagement in 7 Works by Sartre, Beauvoir, Camus”, “Women’s Rights Given by the Laws and Taken Back by Literature: Reşat Nuri Güntekin”. In the Higher Education Council (YÖK), High Performers Natural Sciences Program, he teaches “Augmented Mechanics”, “Electricity and Magnetism”, “Mandelbrot, Feynman, D’Arcy Thompson, Lavoisier: Advanced Readings in Basic Sciences” to the top Natural Sciences students from all over Turkey.   

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The Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul Speakers Series invites distinguished academics, intellectuals, business leaders, and artists to speak on a broad scope of issues with regional and global impact. The speaker series aims to attract a wide audience with thought provoking lectures focusing on the most compelling issues of our time and create a lively platform for exchange of ideas and conversation.