I am a co-director of Bilim Kadınları. We promote the work of women scientists from Turkey. Our goal is to increase the visibility of women scientists and build a community for them. We recently commissioned posters (designed by Ezgi Çakır) to celebrate pioneer women scientists. We will be sending these posters to schools in Turkey to diversify their walls.
I write for 5Harfliler, an online publication in Turkish. I write about women’s issues in academia and in daily life. So far I discussed issues such as sexual harassment in academia, the community statement on a sexist talk given at CERN and a review of Mary K Gaillard’s book A Singularly Unfeminine Profession.
I write a monthly science column for BirGün, a national newspaper in Turkey. My columns lay out physics subjects in a way that is accessible to a wide public audience. The topics I write about include how physical models work, the origins of our Universe, the mysteries that cannot be explained by the Standard Model and our quest for more knowledge.
Women in Physics and Astronomy – UCI
I was a postdoc representative at Women in Physics and Astronomy (WiPA) group at University of California Irvine (2018 – 2019). This group was founded in 2012 by Annika Peter, Giada Carminati and Laura Innes, who were motivated by the low number of women in the department. During my service I assisted WiPA in getting APS funds to start a tutoring center and hosted Elizabeth Hillman, president of Mills College, for a colloquium.
Graduate and Professional Student Senate – UW
I was the Physics Department Senator at the Graduate and Professional Student Senate at the University of Washington (2012-2014). GPSS acts as a liaison between the almost 15,000 graduate and professional students at UW and the administration. I worked as the chair of the Elections Committee, which was formed to elect the next GPSS president and officials.