International Accents

E.g., Wednesday, October 1, 2014
E.g., Wednesday, October 1, 2014

“I study linguistics, and generally, we’re trying to figure out what’s possible, what’s impossible, and trying to understand why some things are impossible and never seen. And along with that, trying to understand what those limits can tell us about our brain, cognition, how we think, things like that.”

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The annual Charles A. Hale Lecture in Latin American Studies will be presented Thursday, October 16, by Joseph D. Straubhaar on the topic of “The Iberian Pre- and Post-Colonial Roots of the Latin American Television Regional Market: The Case of Brazil.”

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The popular Moroccan fusion group Hoba Hoba Spirit shared its music and artistic vision on a special edition of WorldCanvass at FilmScene on Thursday, Sept. 25. The WorldCanvass Studio program was produced in partnership with Hancher as part of Hoba Hoba Spirit's week-long Iowa City residency. Here is a "ReCap" of the event with access to hear the full program.

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In light of the announcement by the Iowa City Police Department regarding the tragic death of Ms. Shao Tong, an international student at Iowa State University in Ames, International Student and Scholar Services wishes to reach out to all international students here at the University of Iowa. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Ms. Shao, the Iowa State University community, and all international students impacted by this.

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There are many things a regular person would be worried about when attending a new school in another country. Will the classes be hard? Will the teachers speak English? Will I be able to keep up?

However, the one topic of my concern was… will there be air conditioning?

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When RuiHao Min took his girlfriend to an Italian restaurant during his freshman year at the University of Iowa, a polite gesture turned faux pas when he ordered for his date and received an undesirable entrée, but also a potentially lucrative idea: Blue Cheese.

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As the number of international students at the University of Iowa continues to rise, the campus remains committed to providing opportunities to promote interaction with domestic students. A new endeavor for the 2014-2015 academic year is the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB). The 12-student committee will serve as a channel for increasing domestic-international student interactions and improving international students' experiences at the University of Iowa, while functioning as a joint committee of both the graduate and undergraduate student governments.

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Sometimes, meeting a new person can be stressful because of the unknown. But that wasn’t the case for University of Iowa seniors Hyejung Kim and Jade Manternach. Even though their hometowns are thousands of miles away, Kim and Manternach say they knew their introduction through the International Buddies at Tippie program would go well because they already had at least two things in common—the desire to gain a new friend and learn from each other.

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Nicky Fish graduated from the University of Iowa this past spring — but has to wait almost a year to depart on her new journey with the Peace Corps. Fish said one of the most difficult aspects of process was the application. “It probably took me about two months to get through,” Fish said. “Honestly though, the hardest part is all the waiting. By the time I leave, it will have been a little over a year since I first applied, which is a pretty average timeline, but it is hard to work your life around.”

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International Student and Scholar Services is pleased to announce the first recipients of the new International Parent of the Year award. Mr. Chu Qian and Mrs. Chu Shaoying are the parents of Yiwen, currently a sophomore studying Art and Secondary Education.

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The University of Iowa College of Dentistry has created a new professorship that will focus on increasing the college’s connection with the international community. While various faculty positions with international priority do exist at the UI, officials said this position is the first on campus to work exclusively on the development of international components. Dan Caplan, the head of the UI Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, will fill the Christiansen Professorship.

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Translator application Blue Cheese is rapidly gaining popularity among students and local food venues in Iowa City.

Blue Cheese is an app available on the iTunes store that translates restaurant menu items into Chinese with the tap of a finger. The app has had more than 80,000 downloads so far and is a "best app" winner on iTunes.

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Youjia Hua is changing the lives of both educators and parents in China, but he teaches from the University of Iowa.

Hua, a UI associate professor of education, was awarded a Strategic Global Initiatives Award, which gave him $10,000 to develop a class sequence to teach classes for special-education teachers and parents of children with disabilities about behavior analysis.

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Two days prior to our trip, I had an unexpected adventure in Freiburg. One evening, I managed to slice my knee open on a sharp metal railing at a friend’s apartment. All of you who know my tendency to accidentally get injured are probably rolling your eyes right now. Long story short, it was a bloody mess, and I got to take a ride in an ambulance to a German hospital. After figuring out the insurance and filling out some forms, I got six stitches, a bonus tetanus shot, and I was back home within two hours of the original injury.

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The University of Iowa Tippie College of Business on Monday kicked off this year’s first full week of a program meant to bridge the gap between the college’s American and international students, who represented nearly a quarter of last year’s freshmen undergrads at Tippie.

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Are you interested in the possibility of international study, research, or teaching? Please join International Programs for our International Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships Open House to learn how you can apply for different types of merit-based awards. The event will be held on Monday, September 29, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the International Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre.

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A mobile app that has changed the way international students view restaurant menus started with a disastrous date. Mortified after ordering a salad topped with moldy cheese for his dining companion, University of Iowa student RuiHao Min came up with the idea for a visual menu translation app to help international students make more informed ordering decisions.

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I am at the point where everything is starting to feel somewhat normal and at home here. Things are feeling familiar to me, and it’s been more than 24 hours since I’ve gotten lost–although I wouldn’t put too much confidence in my inner-GPS skills just yet. I am also very consciously wondering, “Am I integrating myself into the culture enough? Do I look the part? I haven’t had paella yet, should I be worried?”, while also comparing what it’s like to be an American, a University of Iowa student, even just an Iowan, to the culture here.

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The Gazette reports on the UI's new internaitonal pairing programs including International Programs' 'Friends Without Borders' and the Tippie College of Business' 'International Buddies at Tippie' program

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As I exited the airport, I couldn’t help but feel the butterflies in my stomach increase tenfold. Here I was for the first time outside of the country, alone and nervous about meeting my host family. I quickly saw my host mom holding up a sign with my name along with her brother. This was it. I was here in Costa Rica and as we piled into the car I tried to keep calm and take everything in. As we sped down the winding roads and steep hills, I saw an array of small business buildings, tin roofed homes, and narrow sidewalks. Finally pulling up to my host family’s home, I was eager to see where I would be living for the next couple of months.

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The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa will hold a Chinese dumpling making workshop for UI students and staff on Friday, Sept. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The event is free and no pre-registration is required.

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Right now, I’m sitting on an 8x8m slab of hardwood flooring. I just did some yoga, I’m listening to music and browsing Facebook-- essentially nothing different than I would be doing back home. Yet there are little things that remind me that I’m actually nowhere near home: I have to bring my own roll of toilet paper to the bathroom, and the water in the shower is scalding and reeking of sulfur so I know it’s authentic Icelandic geothermal water. The combination of my regular routine and the elemental stank confirmed the surreal: I’m officially moved into Reykjavik, Iceland.

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A group of 14 Russian educators from various U.S. states traveled abroad to Moscow for an intensive four-week teaching workshop this June. The program, titled ‘Russian Teachers for the 21st Century: Maximizing Teaching Effectiveness by Immersing into Language, Culture and Standard-Based Teaching,’ was directed by two University of Iowa faculty members – Irina Kostina, Ph.D., lecturer in Russian and Anna Kolesnikova, Ph.D., adjunct assistant professor of Russian language.

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The 2014 Study Abroad Fair at the University of Iowa gave UI students a chance to explore programs around the world, talk to returned study abroad students, ask questions, and share their future study abroad plans and dreams. Take a look at some of the photos and other social interaction captured throughout the day on Twitter and Instagram.

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When countries erupt in violent conflict, are shattered by a powerful earthquake, or fall victim to the outbreak of a deadly disease, studying abroad in those areas become much more restricted. "When it comes to study abroad, safety for students and faculty is a No. 1 priority,” said Joan Kjaer, director of strategic communications for University of Iowa International Programs. That priority can mean a variety of adjustments when it comes to studying abroad for some students.

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