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Professor Betül Tanbay

posted Nov 19, 2018, 8:32 AM by AWM Web Editor   [ updated Nov 20, 2018, 12:38 PM ]

The Association for Women in Mathematics joins the European Mathematical Society and other organizations in their protest of the detention of Professor Betül Tanbay on November 16, 2018. 

According to the New York Times, Professor Tanbay was being questioned over links to the Anatolia Culture Association.  Pofessor Tanbay was released from custody on November 17, but the AWM remains concerned for her safety. 

Professor Tanbay is a mathematician of international repute. A prominent member of the European Mathematical Society, she is due to assume the role of Vice President in January, 2019.  The EMS describes Professor Tanbay as "a talented scientist and teacher, a former President of the Turkish Mathematical Society, an open-minded citizen … it is preposterous to suggest that she could be involved in violent or criminal activities."  

We are appalled at this treatment of Professor Tanbay and join her colleagues in demanding that she - and others in her position -  be treated with decency and fairness. We unequivocally stand in solidarity with her and appeal to those in power to ensure her safety.