TWLA Ataturk School and Turkish Women’s League of America celebrated 23 April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day on April 27, 2018. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the honorable Alper Aktas, the New York Consul General of the Republic of Turkey and His Excellency İsmet Korukoğlu, the Representative of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Mr. Emre Manav, Deputy Consul General at Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey in New York, Mr. Rauf Alp Denktaş, First Counselor/Deputy Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations, Mrs. Bilge Koçyiğit Grba, Counselor to the Turkish Mission at the United Nations and all the Turkish dignitaries who joined us at the event. We also extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone who made this great event possible, especially to the teachers of the Atatürk School. Our students shined like stars, they performed beautifully.
On Saturday, April 20, 2019, we hosted Özlem Bozdağı Günal at our eight educational panels. We would like to thank her for her presentation on the “Effect of Substance Abuse on Brain Development in Adolescence”.
Özlem Bozdağı Günal, MD, PhD, is a faculty member at Rutgers New Jersey School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. After receiving her MD degree from Hacettepe University in Turkey, she received her PhD in Pharmacology and completed her post-doctoral work at Duke University and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She has over thirty articles, 2 patents and various awards published in refereed scientific journals. Dr. Günal’s field of study is to understand the molecular mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism and addiction behavior, and to define treatment goals.
Turkish Women’s League of America participated in Women, Peace, Security & Secularism program organized by Bircan Ünver, the president of the Light Millennium Organization. This event aims to support and create awareness on the United Nations Security Council Resolution #1325 on Women, Peace, Security in correlation with the concept of “Secularism.”
Dr. Gülsüm Eda Akbaş , gynecologist and obstetrician, presented her research on “What happened to things that we eat everyday?”
Dr. Gülsüm Eda Akbaş graduated from Üsküdar American High School in 1991. Dr. Akbaş completed her degree at Marmara University Faculty of Medicine in 1997. In 1999, she started to work as an assistant at the Department of Biochemistry of Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty. A year later, she continued her education at Yale University School of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology in the USA. Dr. Akbaş started to work as a research assistant at Yale University. This training journey was advanced with her training at the Cornell Medical School and Mount Sinai Medical School.
Currently Dr. Akbas serves as an obstetrician and gynecologist at Greenburgh Health Center, White Plains, NY. She is affiliated with White Plains Hospital and Westchester Medical Center.
Our students demonstrated their incredible talents during our TWLA Atatürk School’s Talent Show which was held for the first time on March 23, 2019. Congratulations to all our students!