Articles from June 2018

Academic life in the sultanate

I am now deep into my intensive Arabic language studies at the Noor Majan Training Institute (pronounced “Noor Magán”), so it’s about time I give a glimpse into academic life here in the sultanate.

Worlds apart, but together in family medicine

For more than twenty years the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Iowa has had an active collaboration with the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical Academy of Post-Graduate Studies (MAPO), now the Northwestern State Medical University (NWSMU) in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In the news: UI graduate heads to Amsterdam with Fulbright Grant

Martin Wolgen will return to the country his father left in the 1950s to retrace the history of his religious origins while earning a graduate degree in theology and religious studies.

Diversity of study abroad offerings allowed UI football player Jake Gervase to earn academic credit in Havana, Cuba

A demanding football schedule left Jake Gervase (BBA, finance and management ’18) doubtful he could incorporate a study abroad experience into his undergraduate career—that is, until he learned about global spring break opportunities. Gervase jumped at the opportunity to travel to Cuba through the International Entrepreneurship and Culture short-term study abroad course led by UI faculty members Dimy Doresca (UI Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center) and Jim Dreier (UI School of Music). Gervase plans to use his fifth year of eligibility to continue his UI football career during the 2018-2019 academic year. While doing so, he will be pursuing a graduate degree in sport and recreation management. We caught up with Gervase recently to learn more about his study abroad experience in Cuba.

In the news: Matsalyn Brown keeps her Tai Dam culture alive in Iowa

Brought to Iowa as a child as part of Governor Robert Ray’s resettlement initiative, Matsalyn Brown preserves the culture of her people, the Tai Dam of Vietnam

In the news: UI pharmacy student promotes public health in his native Nigeria

University of Iowa student Ishaya David has big plans for the future, plans that include assuming leadership of a small nonprofit organization started by his beloved brother and traveling the rural roads of his native Nigeria to educate youth about the dangers of unprotected sex and HIV/AIDS, and the health hazards associated with substance abuse.

In the news: World-renowned water expert charts own path at Iowa

V.C. Patel was working in aerodynamics when he came to Iowa in 1970. Convinced to shift his focus from the air to the water, he became a great contributor to the field of fluid dynamics. Iowa provided him a place to flourish.

In the news: UI graduate takes her love of languages to Germany on a Fulbright grant

UI Fulbright recipient Lucy Patterson will use her grant to channel her language proficiency, quench her love for travel, and find her international calling.

Discover study abroad opportunities at the fall fair Sept. 18

Curious about what it's like to study abroad, but aren't sure where to begin? Get your questions answered and kick-start your global experience at the upcoming fall study abroad fair! 

Studying abroad in the Islamic world (and surviving the occasional sandstorm)

It’s 4 a.m. Omani time and I just finished suhoor, a.k.a. pre-sunrise breakfast. With some encouragement from Muslim friends back in the U.S., I have dedicated myself to abstaining from eating or drinking from sun up to sun down, as the whole Muslim world does during the Ramadan holy month.