Summer Events 2022

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The campus tour will take place immediately after orientation. Relevant instructions will be given after orientation.

Plastic waste is a growing environmental and climate concern that threatens the ecosystem and leads to soil and water contamination. Although plastic recycling provides several benefits, the recycled plastics do not have the same performance as virgin plastic composites. Instead of traditional recycling processes, it is possible to produce high value-added carbon nanomaterials by using a rich hydrocarbon source in plastics and rubbery materials which are also primary source for graphene. At this point, upcycling is a significant concept to bring an end to the life cycle of materials and open various new application routes for nanomaterial production. This seminar provides an insight into the importance of green synthesis methods in graphene nanomaterials synthesis by combining recycling and upcycling technologies. It is observed that different polymeric waste sources can lead to the formation of different dimensional graphene structures such as 2D sheets and 3D spheres. The produced graphene materials are used for the design of lightweight composite structures for automotive and plastic industry by reducing adverse environmental impacts and adopting energy-efficient manufacturing technologies. In addition, biomass like coffee is an alternative source for graphene manufacturing. Herein, waste coffee is transformed into spherical graphene by applying flash and spinning pyrolysis with low energy consumption without using any activating agents in a simple, fast, and scalable fashion. These graphenes produced from waste sources are comparably cheaper and eco-friendly than available ones produced from graphite flakes and thus can carry significant potential to be used as co-reinforcing agent together with primary reinforcements in thermoplastic composites. Consequently, this multidisciplinary work ensures significant innovation potential of graphene in the field of thermoplastic-based composites and overcomes the needs by addressing greenhouse gas emissions with sustainable designs.
Burcu Saner Okan: Assoc. Prof. Burcu Saner Okan received her BS degree in Chemistry at Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey in 2005. Dr. Saner Okan received MS degree in 2007 and PhD degree in 2011 in Materials Science and Engineering programme at Sabancı University (SU). Dr. Saner Okan worked in SU Nanotechnology Research and Application Center for 5 years. Currently, she has been working as an academic director at Sabanci University Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Research and Application Center (SU-IMC). Dr. Saner Okan is an application and research-oriented faculty member of the Material Science and Nanoengineering Program and Manufacturing Engineering Program at SU. Dr. Saner Okan is also co-founder of SU spin-off Nanografen and develops automotive certified graphene for plastic processing and become an official supplier of Renault. In addition, she is one of technical members in NATO working groups related to military value of graphene technologies. She earned the Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV) award in 2021 and has several national and international prestigious awards and fellowships. She has secured and conducted and participated over 20 international and national projects. She has 40 articles published in international journals, 6 book chapters, 2 patents, and more than 50 conference papers on these fields. Dr. Saner Okan’s main research areas are i) graphene and 2D related materials and surface functionalization, ii) nano-integrated lightweight thermoplastic composite productions, iii) sustainable bio-based composite manufacturing oriented with the circular economy approach and iv) recycling and upcycling technologies with Life Cycle Analysis techniques.

“What is Digital Humanities?”
Digital Humanities is an interdisciplinary education and research tool that incorporates computational science methods and visual communication designs in humanities research. It is a medium where texts and images as the basic tools of humanities together with new tools such as videos and virtual platforms are considered as data sources and transformed into information or knowledge with the aid of data science methods.
In this talk, Dr. Öncel will give an introduction to the method, theory, and context of Digital Humanities. She will talk about the debates within and around the area of Digital Humanities studies. She will also introduce the Sabancı DH Lab established in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in 2022 and present the positions they offer to undergraduate and graduate students at DH Lab.
Fatma Öncel: Dr. Fatma Öncel is a historian who is specialized in the social and economic history of the Ottoman Empire from the seventeenth century onwards. She has earned her Ph.D. degree in 2018 at the History Department of Boğaziçi University. She worked as a visiting postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University in 2019. She received Brill Publishing’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize in 2016. Some of her articles were published in the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, International Review of Social History, and Turkish Historical Review. She participated in several research projects supported by the State Planning Agency of Turkey, Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), and Boğaziçi University.
Currently, she works at Sabancı University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as a postdoctoral researcher and she is one of the coordinators of Sabancı University Digital Humanities Lab. She is also an affiliated researcher at Stanford University, Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA). In Summer 2022, she offers an Introduction to Digital Humanities course at Boğaziçi University.

Astrophysics (or astronomy) is a field of study that many people have heard of and are curious about, but the details are not well known.  What do astrophysicists do?  How can we study and learn about something that is so far away?  In this seminar, I will introduce various subfields of astrophysics/astronomy along with some basic science of astrophysical sources or phenomena, observational techniques, and scientific goals.  I will also talk about some recent highlights in astrophysics research.
 
Yuki Kaneko: Yuki Kaneko is an astrophysicist and an instructor at Sabancı University.  She has a PhD in physics; she taught at a high school before joining Sabancı University in 2009, where she continues to conduct research while she teaches.  Her research focuses on high-energy astrophysical phenomena such as gamma-ray bursts and soft gamma repeater bursts, and she also offers various training/workshops in college-level STEM education with active-learning approaches. For more info, visit http://myweb.sabanciuniv.edu/yuki/

Resilience is the enduring force that keeps you moving forward despite setbacks. Everyone has experienced some form of adversity during their life’s journey. And thus, we all have some level of resilience within us.
This seminar will focus on:
Definition, function and characteristics of psychological resilience.
How psychologically resilient are we?
BASIC Ph Model as a strategy that facilitate resilience-based thinking.
 
Pelin Atasoy: She graduated from Boğaziçi University Guidance and Psychological Counseling Department and completed her master's degree from the same department. She worked as a coordinator and consultant in various educational and psycho-social projects at TEGV, BUMED, AÇEV and ERG and also as a part-time instructor at Boğaziçi University. She founded the Psychological Counseling Units both at Koç and Özyeğin University. In addition to the management of these units, she organized personal development training programs for students and administrative staff. She took an active role in the execution of Mentorship Programs.

She participated in various vocational trainings and group studies at home and abroad like,  Psychodrama, Group Counseling, Trainer's Training, Design Your Life and Mentoring Skills.

She has been providing trainings to educational institutions, NGOs and companies for more than 20 years. Her areas of specialization in education can be counted as "Diversity", "Change Management", "Personal Awareness" and "Psychological Resilience".

 

She is still working at Center for Individual and Academic Development at Sabancı University, coordinating the advising systems and providing personal development training for students.  

Each project group has to deliver one short presentation (10 minutes) at Week 5 (15-16 August 2022) to  large audience including peer students and faculty members during which they will take questions and comments. This is your chance to learn strengths, weaknesses and new opportunities to make your research better. (Presentations will be held face to face. Further information will be shared along.)
 
Presentation Guideline
 

  1. The structure of your PowerPoint presentation

 

  • Introduction/Overview (1 slide)
  • Theoretical Framework/Research Question/Hypothesis (1 slide)
  • Methodology/Case (1 slide)
  • Background/Literature Review (1 slide)
  • Discussion of Data/Results/Findings/Analysis (5-6 slides)
  • Conclusion (1 slide)

 

  1. Tips

Tip 1 Do not forget that the images are powerful. Images are helpful for memorize and learning. Use this on behalf of your advantage by finding and using images that help you make your point. Also, you can create your own image too. For ex: You can indicates several key words and visualize these words by regarding your own research. It is a good idea to find a picture that describes the aim of your research.  
Tip 2 During your presentation, please note that audiences desire to listen about your research, not to hear a summary of old work.
Tip 3 You should always practice your presentation in full before you deliver it to the other people.
Tip 4 Time Limit! If you have ten minutes to present, prepare ten minutes of material. No more. Time management is necessary during your presentation.
Tip 5 Do not read the presentations!
Tip 6 Q&A must be a part of your presentation.
 

  1. Citations

Citations in a slide should appear credible in APA or MLA format at the bottom of the slide or directly after the information. References at the end of a slide are not necessary unless specified by the advisor.

  1. Formatting

Font size should be 28-point, Times New Roman or Calibri; Line spacing must be double or 1, 5 space. The font size of the headings should be 44-point Times New Roman or Calibri Light.

Each project group has to deliver one short presentation (10 minutes) at Week 5 (15-16 August 2022) to  large audience including peer students and faculty members during which they will take questions and comments. This is your chance to learn strengths, weaknesses and new opportunities to make your research better. (Presentations will be held face to face. Further information will be shared along.)
 
Presentation Guideline
 

  1. The structure of your PowerPoint presentation

 

  • Introduction/Overview (1 slide)
  • Theoretical Framework/Research Question/Hypothesis (1 slide)
  • Methodology/Case (1 slide)
  • Background/Literature Review (1 slide)
  • Discussion of Data/Results/Findings/Analysis (5-6 slides)
  • Conclusion (1 slide)

 

  1. Tips

Tip 1 Do not forget that the images are powerful. Images are helpful for memorize and learning. Use this on behalf of your advantage by finding and using images that help you make your point. Also, you can create your own image too. For ex: You can indicates several key words and visualize these words by regarding your own research. It is a good idea to find a picture that describes the aim of your research.  
Tip 2 During your presentation, please note that audiences desire to listen about your research, not to hear a summary of old work.
Tip 3 You should always practice your presentation in full before you deliver it to the other people.
Tip 4 Time Limit! If you have ten minutes to present, prepare ten minutes of material. No more. Time management is necessary during your presentation.
Tip 5 Do not read the presentations!
Tip 6 Q&A must be a part of your presentation.
 

  1. Citations

Citations in a slide should appear credible in APA or MLA format at the bottom of the slide or directly after the information. References at the end of a slide are not necessary unless specified by the advisor.

  1. Formatting

Font size should be 28-point, Times New Roman or Calibri; Line spacing must be double or 1, 5 space. The font size of the headings should be 44-point Times New Roman or Calibri Light.

We are living in a world where we have access to unlimited information, it is getting harder to filter echo chamber of opinions fueled by emotions and personal biases, rather than scientific evidence. This seminar will introduce you to the process of science, how to think critically, how to differentiate science from pseudoscience, fake science and bad science and how to critically evaluate scientific communication in the media through real life examples and hands-on activities. By the end of this seminar, you will understand how to be scientifically literate, and be able to critically evaluate information in the mainstream and social media, as well as everyday life. 
 
İlkem Kayıcan: İlkem Kayıcan Dipcin is an instructor of English for Academic Purposes and Academic Writing. She received her BA in English Language and Literature from Ege University and obtained her master’s degree in Cultural Studies in Bilgi University. She both attended Modern and Postmodern Literature programs in University of Edinburgh and she completed English for Academic Purposes program in Bell Teacher Academy in Cambridge. Before joining to Sabancı University she worked as the writing center coordinator in Bilgi University. Currenty, she is one of the coordinators of school of languages team for Society and Humanity courses and she is teaching academic writing and research for the same courses in Sabancı University, she is also acting as a trainer and supervisor in Peer Writing Fellows program in SU. Her research interests include intercultural rhetoric, academic writing for second language learners, critical pedagody, cultural politics of dissent in Turkey. 

Universities worldwide typically expect faculty members, and increasingly their advanced students, to publish their research and develop a publication record.  But why do we publish?  In what forms and contexts do we publish?  What is different about writing for publication genres?  What does the publication process look like?  In addition to discussing these preliminary questions, this seminar will highlight considerations and habits that can enable publishing success.  Journal article sections will also serve as examples to demonstrate how we can develop our genre knowledge to produce our own manuscripts for publication.
 
Daniel Lee Calvey: An educator for 22 years, Daniel Calvey has been teaching Sabancı University graduate students how to publish their research since 2015 in courses like Scientific & Technical Communication and Academic Writing for Graduate Students.  In his work, he relies on trailblazing revelations on these topics from the field of applied linguistics with an eye to the needs of non-native users of English, incorporating peer response as a key component of learning and developing writing skill.  Daniel earned his J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 1995 and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1990.

In this workshop, participants will work in groups and solve a challenging estimation problem using scientific methods. Afterwards, the approaches and assumptions used by the participants during the workshop will be reviewed and discussed altogether. Participants should bring their laptops and plan to participate actively.
 
Emine Süphan Bakkal: Süphan Bakkal is a molecular biologist, and has her PhD in cellular and molecular biology. Currently she works as an instructor in the Foundation Development Directorate at Sabanci University. She coordinates and teaches Science of Nature (NS) courses, which are given in an interdisciplinary format to freshman students. As a part of the NS teaching team, Süphan Bakkal has been involved in student-centered course design, development of the professional training and support programs provided to the graduate assistants and undergraduate learning assistants since 2013. Her research interests are bacterial evolution, antibacterial resistance and science education.
 
Kerem Bora: Kerem Bora is a Chemical Engineer, and has a PhD in biotechnology. Currently he works in the Foundation Development Directorate at Sabanci University. He coordinates and teaches Science of Nature courses given in the freshman year. He conducts research in the field of experimental evolution and develops systems that enable the adaptation of microorganisms to harsh conditions.