Nearly 6,000 miles from Iowa City, Turkey acts as a bridge between Europe and Asia, and it is now looking to become more of a partner with the United States. “When you look from the shift in politics from the west to the east, Turkey is in the middle of that,” said Fatih Yildiz, the Turkish consul general in Chicago. Yildiz visited the University of Iowa on Monday to speak with students and faculty about creating those relationships at the state and local level.
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Thousands of miles from Iowa, an earthquake struck China last week, but some University of Iowa students still felt the impact. On April 20, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the center of Ya’an, located in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, killing more than 192 people and leaving more than 11,000 injured, according to the Associated Press. On Thursday night, approximately 100 students each held a white carnation as they encircled the candles that formed a heart shape in the middle of the Kautz Plaza. They then prayed for the victims at Ya’an.
FONDAL, HAITI — The little band of American volunteers sat under a tree, panting and sweating from a taste of daily life in the poor rural villages of Haiti. The group, made up mainly of Iowa doctors, nurses and other medical professionals and students, had spent an hour and a half climbing a winding dirt road up a mountain to this remote village. On the way, they’d seen Haitians making the trek while bearing heavy loads of water, fruit, chickens, firewood and homemade charcoal.
When the volunteers finally arrived in town, scores of villagers were already lined up under the hot March sun, waiting for the rare chance to share their health concerns with a doctor. Casey Panko, a University of Iowa nurse helping lead the team, briefed her exhausted colleagues about the ailments they would treat in the small stucco building that would serve as a clinic.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences has named Jerald L. Schnoor, Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, a 2013 recipient of an Einstein Professorship. The academy annually awards Einstein Professorships worldwide to 20 distinguished international scientists actively working at the frontiers of science and technology for the purpose of lecturing, leading workshops, and interacting with faculty and students for one or two weeks in China. The goals of the program include strengthening ties between awardees and Chinese scientists and enhancing the training of future Chinese scientists.
As the governor of the US state of Iowa, and as an "old friend" of President Xi Jinping, I have had the honor to lead a delegation of US governors and Iowa business leaders to China to participate in the second China-US Governors' Forum, hosted by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and celebrate the 30th anniversary of Iowa's sister-state relationship with Hebei province.
Hebei province and the US state of Iowa have been friends for 30 years, but 2013 could be a breakthrough year in their business relationship.
"We have a number of exchanges, including in education and culture," Iowa Governor Terry Branstad said on Thursday. "In the area of Chinese business, we're really just getting started."
On June 9, Iowa City will officially become a Carnaval City. This Saturday, the city will host a Carnaval Celebration leading up to the June event in B1 North Hall from 1-5 p.m.
The event will feature a presentation by Carnaval costume designer Clary Salandy, plantain tasting, recipe discussion, Trinidad Carnaval and African dance demo by Modei Akyea, and a costume workshop. The Daily Iowan spoke with theater Associate Professor Loyce Arthur, the coordinator of the Iowa City Public Engagement Carnaval Arts Project and head of design for the Theater Department.
It’s National Student Employment Week 2013, and this year nine University of Iowa undergraduates demonstrate how students keep a university working. Shuhui Lin, who works in International Programs, was recognized for her leadership and creativity in organizing and promoting a program that orients UI international students to the academic environment and cultural customs of the United States.
Downing Thomas, the dean of International Programs, will represent the UI as part of an upcoming delegation trip to China led by Gov. Terry Branstad.
“[Branstad] has a longstanding relationship with the president, and as a result of their relationship, has been able to explore new trade opportunities,” said Tim Albrecht, Branstad’s communications director. “Certainly, if we didn’t have this relationship, we wouldn’t even get the foot in the door.”
Zach Heffernen stumbled into his passion. He was handed a book his freshman year at the University of Iowa focusing on human rights and was hooked from the start.
“It started with my freshman year, the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights had a program called One Treaty, One Book,” he said. “Each incoming freshman received a book about child soldiers in Africa. I wanted to help … I went to Senegal last summer and got involved in other human-rights organizations. It all started with the center.”
Senior BSN student Jeannette George has an unquenchable zest for knowledge... and for life.In addition to some of the prestigious, domestic accolades she’s already collected in her young career, including the 2013 Dean's Achievement Award, George has also been actively involved with health care research on an international level. She recently took time out of her hectic schedule to talk about and her experience at UI, her inspirations as well as some of her career aspirations.
Cristina Ortiz remembers growing up as part of the lone Latino family in Leon, Iowa, a tiny town in south central Iowa with less than 2,000 residents.
“My paternal grandparents were Mexican-American migrant workers, and the Latino population in Leon was basically my family,” says the 32-year-old University of Iowa anthropology doctoral student who is pursuing research that includes the Chin Burmese refugee population in Columbus Junction, Iowa, her new home during graduate school.
In the spring 2013 UI Graduate College news magazine, an article highlights the first Iowa Graduate Global Health Symposium, which was held in fall 2012 and allowed students and faculty to present their various international research projects and global health activities at the UI.
My grandma, Youa Lee, an old Hmong woman who traveled from the mountains of Laos, through the refugee camps of Thailand, to the hot fields of California and the cold factories of Minnesota, was 93 when she died. My grandma was a refugee from America’s Secret War in Laos. A widow with nine children, she raised seven sons into men and two daughters into women. She would become the root of a tree that carries the fruit of more than 300 descendants.