Saturday, November 17, 2012

Meet Miss Earth's Scientist: Ilknur Melis Durasi of Turkey

By: Edgar A. Petallo

Ilknur Melis Durasi - Miss Earth-Turkey 2012

It’s no wonder Turkey’s prodigy ambassador to the world’s most relevant beauty pageant ranked first and scored miles above the rest in the most recent tally of Miss Earth’s medal-earning challenges. Her beauty may not be the cup of tea with some of the pageant’s pundits and aficionados; however her academic credentials and achievements scream– ‘exceptionally outstanding’!

An actress, a model, a linguist and a beauty queen, the Turkish charmer is also a certified scientist. After graduating at the top of her class in Burak Bora Anatolian High School, she took up a course and eventually a Master’s degree in Biological Science and Bioengineering Program at Sabanci University. While studying at the university she published a conference paper and later co-authored a study entitled the “Identification of Transcription Factor Binding Sites in Promoter Databases”.

And when asked about what environmental project she could promote for the protection of Mother Earth,  the Eurasian beauty gave a sensibly intelligent answer:

“The human population increases everyday and this leads to the slow depletion of our natural resources since these resources are exhausted irresponsibly to meet the needs of the human population without being replaced. This lack of respect for Mother Nature caused permanent damage in our environment which led to air pollution, flash flooding, deforestation/forest fires, illegal hunting, ozone depletion and the like. Therefore, we should be aware of the importance of our relationship with nature which should not be destroyed for the sake of selfish needs. We should ask ourselves the question: “Do we know what happens to the waste of any kind of energy by product in this global consumer-oriented world?” My project will be to answer this question by creating an awareness of how each individual can contribute to smarter living. My project will be based on establishing balance between human society and mother earth. Today’s technology solutions in communication and transportation facilities should benefit both nature and human society. Hence, a humane environment for the present and future generations must be established by giving attention to small details concerning our environment. My project will be the following:
• Promoting the segregation of refuse collection including urban and special wastes,
• Putting up a water treatment facility for urban sewage,
• Planning energy conservation through the use of alternative sources(renewable sources, green hydrogen, mini hydroelectric power plant, heat produced from biomasses),
• Controlling electromagnetic, noise pollution, light pollution.”

The beauty and brains contender is currently taking the lead with a wide margin from the rest of the delegates. Would she be able to maintain the momentum and earn the judges’ nod come finals? With her excellent 'topnotched' performances during the pre-pageant points-earning activities, she’s definitely in the league of her own and the strongest force to be reckoned with on the pageant’s judgment day!

All images courtesy of Ilknur Melis Durasi Facebook Page

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