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Downing Thomas
During International Education Week (November 11-15), it is particularly important to emphasize the importance and wide range of the connections between Iowa and the world. Each year, hundreds of UI students go abroad to study for a few weeks, a semester, or a year. Faculty and staff interact daily with colleagues around the world to collaborate on critical research. And international students come to our campus for a world-class education, some staying in the U.S. after receiving their degrees to start businesses and create jobs, and some returning to their home countries to become leaders in science, business, industry, education and government.

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Marcelo Mena
Imagine that you live near a smog-filled city of six million people where, despite the best pollution prevention and forecasting efforts by city officials, residents often are mistakenly told to remain indoors on clear days and advised to go outdoors when the air is polluted. Some of us likely would stay put and endure the conditions, while others would move away to a different city. But UI alumnus Marcelo Mena-Carrasco chose a different path—he joined forces with UI colleagues as well as officials of the city of Santiago, Chile, to implement a dramatically improved pollution-forecasting model for the city of Santiago.

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2013 International Education Week
The University of Iowa will join over 100 countries worldwide to celebrate international education and exchange in observance of International Education Week 2013, a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education. The public is invited to attend several lectures, workshops, information sessions, and other educational and social events Friday, Nov. 8 through Friday, Nov. 15 as part of this annual UI tradition.

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Eleanor Catton
Eleanor Catton, alumna of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, has been honored with the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her second novel, The Luminaries.

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WorldCanvass
Marcelo Mena-Carrasco, a Chilean alumnus of the UI College of Engineering and advocate of socially responsible and sustainable environmental practices, has been named the winner of the 2013 International Impact Award. President Sally Mason and Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs Downing Thomas will present the award to Dr. Mena-Carrasco at 5 p.m., November 8, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum immediately preceding the taping of the television/radio/internet program “WorldCanvass: The Social Impact of Sustainability.” The public is invited to attend both the program and the following reception.

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UI alumni and friends gathered at the Bangi Golf Resort in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
In an ongoing series from International Programs, we look at connections between the University of Iowa and countries around the world. Our faculty, students, and programs reach far beyond the UI campus. Below are some of the highlights of our connections with Malaysia.

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Members of the Thai Student Association offer food samples to guests of the Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival at the University of Iowa in September 2013.
In an ongoing series from International Programs, we look at connections between the University of Iowa and countries around the world. Our faculty, students, and programs reach far beyond the UI campus. Below are some of the highlights of our connections with Thailand.

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Michael Lynch
University of Iowa alumnus Michael Lynch was knocking out Spanish lyrics as if they were second nature during his recent blind audition on NBC’s The Voice. Lynch, who joined Christina Aguilera’s team for the competition, credits his study abroad experiences with polishing his Spanish skills.

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Kwame Dawes
Join the Caribbean Diaspora & Atlantic Studies Program for a conversation with Jamaican poet and former IWP resident Kwame Dawes on Monday October 14, 2013, from 5:00 to 6:20 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall. Dawes will be talking about contemporary trends in Caribbean theater, among other topics.

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Amy Bowes
Amy Bowes, a Study Abroad adviser at the University of Iowa, was lost. It was 2005, and she had just graduated from the UI with a degree in political science. She remembered the Peace Corps building she had seen while interning in Washington, D.C., and decided to volunteer. Six months later, she was teaching high-school English in Lesotho — a country in Africa. Bowes said she now uses her experiences of feeling unsure about travel and her future to relate with students on campus today.

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