TASSA Newsletter The Bridge - Volume 9, Winter 2019

Mehmet Toner honored with Vehbi Koc Award

Professor Mehmet Toner, a TASSA board member, has been honored with Vehbi Koç Award. Vehbi Koç Award is presented annually for education, health, and culture to recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals or organizations to the development of Turkey and the Turkish people.  

Ali Erdemir, an Argonne Distinguished Fellow and senior scientist, was recognized for his "scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications," by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Aydogan Ozcan, Chancellor's Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Bioengineering, has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
The organization  announced this year's class of 148 fellows on December 11. The prestigious honor is given to academic inventors who have, "demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society."

Prof. Dr. Tamerler and Ozcan Named AAAS Fellow

American Association for the Advancement of Science announced its 2018 class of 416 new fellows, which included Candan Tamerler and Aydogan Ozcan, on November 27, 2018. The honor recognizes major efforts that have, scientifically or socially, advanced science or its applications. 

TurkishNews5Success of Yildirim Family

Mihriban Yıldırım, a researcher in genetics at the Massachusetts General Hospital, uncovers unanticipated biological principles dictating poor outcomes in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) via single-cell RNA sequencing. Her husband, Murat Yildirim, a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), developed a microscope that can reveal first look through all cortical layers of the awake brain. 


The ratio of Turkish women to men in the areas of science, technology, engineering, health, and research and development has surpassed that of the European Union's, according to figures released on Feb. 11 by Eurostat, the statistical office of the union in

International Fellowship for Outstanding Researchers Programme Call is open for applications

The International Fellowship for Outstanding Researchers Program aims to support qualified researchers with leading scientific and/or technological achievements and international work experience to conduct their research in leading academic, industrial or public institutions to contribute in areas that are strategic value to Turkey.

An online science outreach program for Turkish high school students: "Bilime Yolculuk"

For those who'd like to encourage young Turkish students interested in science, but have limited time to do so, we have a wonderful suggestion: "Bilime Yolculuk", a program that physics teacher Aysenur Ozdemir volunteers to organize with the purpose of motivating students. Supported by the IT Department of the Ministry of Education in Turkey 

On November 26, 2018, Chinese researcher He Jiankui announced that he had produced the first babies with edited genomes, followed by an outcry from the scientific community [1]. His research presentation at a gene-editing summit in Hong Kong failed to satisfy his critics, who found his experiment premature, unnecessary, largely useless and irresponsible .

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In every issue of our newsletter, we highlight a young scholar profile from our diaspora. These outstanding early-career researchers demonstrate the potential of next generation of TASSA. This month, we are proud to present, Cengiz Pehlevan, who became Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics at Harvard University. You can read his interview from the below link.

In every issue of The Bridge, we include science cartoons by Ergun Akleman. 

YTBGrant Opportunities 

Please click the links below for the opportunity of variety grants.



TASSA's mission is to promote educational, scientific and technological cooperation between the USA and Turkey and to facilitate the advancement of science in Turkey and the USA through scientific exchange, educational programs and increased networking.