15. Kadir Has Awards Found Their Owners
On the 12th Death Anniversary of the late Kadir Has at the Commemoration and Award ceremony where 15th Kadir Has awards were presented, this year “High Achievement Award” and the “Promising Scientist Award” were presented in the field of “Complex Systems: Systems that Create Unique and Important Formations From Multi-faceted Interactions”.
“HIGH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD”
Prof. İvet Bahar, was awarded the “High Achievement Award” for her contributions to “Theoretical and computational models developed to explain the functional dynamics of biological systems on a molecular scale, signal transmission and regulation among neurons, studies on protein sequencing, structure and function, computer-aided drug discoveries and genuine research projects undertaken by her during which she trained and raised dozens of postdoctoral researchers, Ph. D. and undergraduate students with one-to-one care.
“FIRST AWARD TO CANAN DAĞDEVIREN FROM TURKEY”
Lecturer Dr. Canan Dağdeviren received her first award from Kadir Has University in Turkey with the “Promising Scientist Award”. Dağdeviren was awarded thanks to her construction of “piezoelectric devices able to turn the rhythmic movements of organs into electrical energy flexible enough to wear on human organs and can be twisted, folded, extended and, to establish bridge a between the fields of electronic which is rigid and biology which is soft and sinuous by their nature and her contributions to raising scientists by managing the original research projects of dozens of young doctoral and undergraduate students from all over the world since the beginning of her career.
Prof. Dr. Ivet Bahar and Prof. Dr. Canan Dağdeviren’s Awards are introduced by Nuri Has, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Kadir Has University, Can Has, President of Kadir Has Foundation, and Prof. Dr. Sondan Durukanoğlu Feyiz, the Rector of Kadir Has University.
“CONTRIBUTES TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY”
Prof. Dr. Ivet Bahar has been working as Founder and Distinguished Professor of Computer and System Biology at the University of Pittsburgh Faculty of Medicine since 2004. Dr. Bahar is a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), the Academy of Sciences (BA) and the European Research Council (ERC) and contributes to the advancement of Science in Computational Biology with more than 250 articles and more than 20,000 references.
Opens up horizons in biology with her works, Ivet Bahar proved that proteins are able to adopt structural interactions and mutations and in recent years, she has provided new perspectives in the fight against neurodegenerative disease and drug addiction.
“THE FIRST PERSON ELECTED AS THE YOUNG HARVARD ACADEMY MEMBER IN HISTORY FROM TURKEY”
Graduated from Hacettepe University Physics Engineering in 2007, Canan Dağdevren, has worked on flexible and folding electronic tools that can be worn underneath and above the body within the scope of physics, electronics, chemistry, materials, mechanics and medical fields under the counseling of Prof. John A. Rogers. Dagdeviren, who was elected as a “Young Academy Member” of Harvard University in 2014, became the first person to win this Award from Turkey. Canan Dağdeviren has 30 articles, 7 patents and over 40 national and international awards. In 2017, she became the first innovation and technology delegate of American Academy of Achievement selected from Turkey and continues her research as an academician by establishing her own research group in “MIT Media Lab.”
“KADIR HAS UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN GIVING SCIENCE AWARDS FOR 15 YEARS”
Nuri Has, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Kadir Has University, made the first speech of the ceremony which started with respect for the late Kadir Has, said: “I am very happy to be with you at this ceremony which we organized to commemorate the late Kadir Has Bey, our founder and to give our scientists their awards, who deserve the 15th Kadir Has Awards. Kadir Has University is a home of science supported by Kadir Has Foundation, whose work is only educational. We work not only to train students under better conditions but also to develop academic staff and to grow the Turkish science world.
I am pleased to see that this university, founded by the greatest philanthropist of Turkey who achieved great success in the fields of economics, finance and industry at a very young age, worked hard and gained great wealth and adopted a principle to give it back to the lands in which he was born has grown rapidly, . I sincerely congratulate all those who support on this very special occasion where we commemorate the 12th anniversary of departure Kadir Has. The late Kadir Has would be undoubtedly very happy to see the progress of our university, which he sees as his greatest work, towards becoming a contemporary and research university connected to principles and reforms of Atatürk without leaving his path.”
Has said for 15 years, many artists, scientists, promising young researchers have received Kadir Has award by the decision of the advisory board, and stated that, “For 15 years, we wanted to encourage them to go further with this award and to show them that we stand with them with the support they need. Our goal is to create the necessary environment for more qualified research and scientific publications. We proceed to become the among the very best research universities of Turkey by transforming into a not only the existing student and teaching institution, but also an R & D-based university that finds and teaches new information. The president of the Board of Trustees of Kadir Has University, Nuri Has, completed his speech by congratulating Prof. Dr. Ivet Bahar and Prof. Dr. Canan Dağdeviren who deserved to be awarded this year.
Can Has, the President of Kadir Has Foundation “Behind this award ceremony lies the name and philosophy of one of Turkey’s biggest donors, one of the most distinguished institutions of Turkey. There is also the power of Kadir Has Foundation a foundation founded with the same name and same understanding. Kadir Has Foundation, which has been with our university since its foundation, has helped develop Kadir Has University, which our founder Kadir Has called as my most important work.
Today it would be a great mistake to claim to progress without changing. Kadir Has University continues its journey in accordance with the new modern and contemporary education system. All board members, deans and related institutions, especially our rector, are planning the future by spending long shifts in this direction.
Our aim is to continue our journey as a student-oriented, human-oriented and research-oriented university. 15. Kadir Has Awards were given this year in the field of Complex Systems. Two women scientists, who had the difficulty of conducting scientific research in an extremely complex and difficult field, were selected by the advisory board. I congratulate themselves, I wish the continuation of their success in their future works.”
Kadir Has University Rector Prof. Dr. Sondan Durukanoğlu Feyiz “I began to work as Kadir Has University’s first female rector exactly a year ago today. In the first year of my rectorship, we present the award of both scientist and young scientist to two women who are proud of their achievements. Fortunately, our teacher Canan Dağdeviren received her first award from Kadir Has University in Turkey. Kadir Bey also would be very happy if he managed to see today. I hope that by following us, other institutions, it brings our women to the forefront in every field. I sincerely congratulate our honored teachers who have received the award of Kadir Has High Success and the Promising Scientist” she said.
Evaluation Board Of Kadir Has Awards: *
Prof.Dr. Adnan Akay – Bilkent University
Prof.Dr. İrşadi Aksun – Koç University
Prof.Dr. Nihat Berker – Kadir Has University
Prof.Dr. Sondan Durukanoglu Feyiz – Kadir Has University
Prof.Dr. Gökhan Hotamişlıgil – Harvard University
Prof.Dr. Mehran Kardar – MIT (Massachusetts Institute of technology)
*surname in order
For a list of reward fields in previous years: http://odul.khas.edu.tr/odultarihcesi