The University of Iowa has awarded the Mayflower Hall Sushi Workshop with Best Educational Program of the Year Award for 2012. Yume Hikada, International Programs' Japan Outreach Coordinator, held the first workshop in February 2011. Its great turnout and enormous success amongst participants led her to conduct a second workshop in February 2012 that attracted over 100 participants.
The trip across the stage to collect her diploma will be the shortest leg on the journey so far for Stephanie Lukas.
Just two weeks ago she was in West Africa, completing an elective rotation for her pharmacy degree. During four weeks in Liberia studying the pharmacy system and ways to improve it, she met with the ministry of health’s medication supply chain manager, interviewed health care providers and patients, and participated in a training session for pharmacy workers who dispense medications. She set up the rotation herself, in collaboration with Lloyd Matowe, University of Iowa assistant professor of clinical pharmacy and founder of the nongovernmental organization Pharmaceutical Systems Africa.
The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) is awarding seven students a total of $7,500 to support their internships for human rights organizations in the United States or internationally in the summer of 2012.
These students, seeking a combination of graduate and undergraduate degrees, have received funding as part of the UICHR’s annual Kenneth J. Cmiel Funded Human Rights Internship Program. Program funds cover travel and living expenses for students who have secured an internship with a local, national or international nongovernmental organization or governmental agency engaged in human rights-related advocacy, research or education.
The Sehgal Family Foundation has made a gift of $10,000 to the University of Iowa for its India Winterim program. The gift will be used toward scholarships for students studying at the Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD) in Gurgaon, India, during the upcoming three-week winter session.
IRRAD, an initiative of the Sehgal Family Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa, enables the empowerment of rural communities in India. The institute carries out grassroots research and develops sustainable and replicable models for improving water management, small-scale agriculture, rural governance, sanitation and health, and other related areas of rural development.
The University of Iowa’s WiderNet Project, based in the School of Library and Information Science, sold its 400th eGranary Digital Library on Oct. 6.
Mansoor Ali Khan, a doctor from Pakistan, was the recipient of the device.
The eGranary is an offline digital resource that delivers millions of educational documents to developing countries where Web access is minimal and expensive. The WiderNet Project began distributing digital libraries in 2001 with the goal of distributing 500 by early June 2012.
Daily rains, long bike rides and learning about diseases not common to her homeland are part of life now for Joy Storm of Princeton, a Peace Corps volunteer.
A 2002 Princeton High School graduate, Storm is now living in the African country of Kenya, more than 8,000 miles from her hometown. Arriving in Kenya in June, Storm spent 10 weeks in intense language, technical and cross-culture training before being sworn into the Peace Corps as a volunteer during a ceremony at the American Embassy. Following the ceremony, Storm and 47 other Peace Corps volunteers were sent to their respective sites, which for Storm, was the community of Kemelewa.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 26, 2011 – More than a dozen Peace Corps volunteers across Peru host weekly radio programs to provide information on health, current events and the environment to remote communities around the country. Volunteers often invite local community members and public officials to speak on topics ranging from HIV/AIDS prevention and care to healthy lifestyle tips and community service opportunities.
Peace Corps volunteers Jessica Smith of Iowa City, Iowa, and Nikki Eller of Seattle, Wash., host a weekly 45-minute radio show in western Peru which reaches more than 5,000 people. Since starting the show on Radio Hispana in February, Smith and Eller have hosted 17 shows covering heart health, HIV/AIDS awareness, emotional health, potable water, and the arts.
By Joan Staak, The Daily Iowan
A year and seven months after Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, public awareness of the poverty-stricken country has shrunk.
Dr. Paul Farmer, a cofounder of the humanitarian organization Partners in Health and a Harvard professor, is working to change that.
Service in the 50-year-old peace agency shapes
This article is from the July 2011 issue of Spectator.
By Sara Epstein Moninger
By Brittany Trevick, The Daily Iowan
University of Iowa graduate student Hao Zhang came to Iowa from China with no furniture to stock his apartment. But after stopping at Faith Baptist Church, he wound up with a desk, a microwave, and much more to furnish his Iowa City apartment.
The following blog post from Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) features UI graduate Stephanie Enloe, the director of sustainable projects for Travel for Change International, a small group of committed volunteers who are building an eco-lodge near Njombe, Tanzania.
They were half a globe removed from the calamities that befell their native country last month, but in the weeks since, members Iowa City’s Japanese community have been doing all they can to lend a hand. The University of Iowa’s Japanese Students and Scholars Club sold baked goods, origami crafts and T-shirts to raise money for Red Cross disaster relief Sunday at UI’s annual Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival. Club member Atsushi Yahashiri, a post-doctoral research scholar in microbiology at UI, said his group and other Japanese organizations in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area have rallied together since the March 11 earthquakes and tsunami.
Interest in the Peace Corps is increasing at University of Iowa, the university’s Peace Corps representative said.
“It is definitely increasing. With the Peace Corps itself, participation is increasing,” Mahy Gall said. “I think there is a renewed interest in the U.S. in community service.”
On Oct. 14, 1960, in a presidential campaign speech, Senator John F. Kennedy first challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. His words inspired a new organization that has now provided over 200,000 American volunteers to countries in need. Fifty years later, the Peace Corps is still going strong.
Last year, the small Zambian village of Libuyu needed a bridge in order to access the only school in the area without having to walk several miles around a dangerous river. But they didn’t have the resources. And when a group of students from the University of Washington backed out at the last minute, five engineering students from the University of Iowa stepped in.
This Thanksgiving, the same five students are going to Nicaragua to help another village.