I am living in Turkey. It is wintertime now and it has been snowing a lot since yesterday. My country looks like medical doctor as if it dressed a white coat due to heavy snow. We went out to be with this beauty and made a huge snowman together with friends. We made a pretty big snowman. It was too cold; therefore we went to our home to have a cup of coffee together. We talked each other while drinking our coffees and two hours later after having a nice conversation we came to the same place where we made the huge snowman but the scene upset us. The snowman had been razed to the ground, and the place where our snowman standing was full of footprints, obviously someone wasn’t happy with our snowman.
Nine years ago, we did a similar snowman activity in United States when I was working at Cleveland Clinic Hospital. Cleveland Clinic is one of the largest and most respected hospitals in the country. Our mission is to provide better care of the sick, investigation into their problems, and further education of those who serve. There are many valuable doctors are working there. We made this huge snowman just in the middle of the garden of Cleveland Clinic with other medical doctor friends. Afterwards, we went home in the evening because we got very tired and had to wake up very early in the morning. When we look at our snowman in the morning, guess what we saw! Someone made another snowman just next to ours so that the new snowman could be friend with our snowman. We felt really happy at that moment.
If you compare these two stories, obviously we are experiencing a civilization problem in Turkey but who are the responsible for it? What is the difference between these two communities? The first thing that comes to my mind is the academicians who are supposedly representing leading intellectuality in Turkey. In fact, the destructive, disturbing human typing on the street reflected the status of academicians in Turkey. People in the street do not give up to destroy other snowmen on the street unless academicians in Turkey give themselves away from their destructive attitude. Instead of doing science they gossip all the time. For God’s sake, please ask this question to the academicians in Turkey who you would know, What is their H index?. I have experience that the academicians who have lower H index will avoid to speak on the H index.
The quality of academicians is determined by a unit of measurement called H index. In Turkey, most scholars do not even want to talk about H index because the H index is not something to be taken with friend at court. The scientists with high H index means who are really working and doing quality of work and have added value to society. As far as I’m concerned, you get an Associate Professor degree at least with H index 10 and a new Professor with at least H index 15. Unfortunately, some academicians introduced their self as Professor with H index 2 or 3 in Turkey.
If we want to come to the level of the high civilian to make a friend near the snowman, first of all, we can start by giving authority to academics according to their H index and eliminating those whose H index is not good for academia.
One of my close friend was inspired by this story and once wrote:
We must rise generations who will want to make another snowman next to it when they see a snowman.
(Inspired by a memorable memory of Metin Aytekin)