Neurological Sciences Professor Caghan Kizil, himself a survivor of the 1999 İzmit earthquake in Turkey, has also started a fundraiser through the Research Institute on Turkey, which was co-founded by Eylem Delikanli (GSAS'17). The fundraising campaign was created o support recovery efforts by galvanizing the academic community.
Support from Columbia alumni include an earthquake relief fund created by Turkish Philanthropy Funds, a New York City-based organization dedicated to Turkish and Turkish-American communities whose cofounders include Ozlenen Kalav (BUS’93), Erinch Ozada (BUS’84), Haluk Soykan (BUS’92), and Haldun Tashman (BUS’68).
Columbia faculty and staff are also offering insight into the underpinnings of the earthquakes and aftershocks through blog posts and news articles, including this piece from Andrew Revkin at the Columbia Climate School and Lamont Research Professor Michael Steckler on NPR.
As we learn more over the coming days, we will share updated links to news articles and methods of support. If there are any other Columbian efforts we should know about, please email [email protected].