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UI defends increase in travel expenses

University of Iowa employees spent more than $28 million on travel in fiscal 2010, a number that has steadily increased since 2006. Of the $28,598,515 the UI spent in 2010, $3.6 million went to international travel, and $20.4 million to domestic travel outside Iowa. Almost one-third of the total was spent by the athletics department, which is fully self-sustaining. The figures were provided to The Daily Iowan in response to a public records request. Officials said the spending was justified.

Travel expenses vary across UI

University of Iowa officials are defending increased travel spending for international efforts at a time when many units across campus have chopped travel expenses. Units such as International Programs, Office for Study Abroad, and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, saw sizable travel expense increases in fiscal 2010. Those expenses included international and domestic travel.

UI Study Abroad Students are Grateful to Stay in Japan

Yume Hidaka, a native of Kagoshima in southwest Japan, crouched under desks with her head safely covered during practice drills every year from elementary school through college to prepare for a potential earthquake. “We all knew that it could happen sometime sooner or later to any part of Japan. But of course no one expected it to be that big,” Hidaka said, referring to the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit her home country on March 11, 2011.

UI Medical Students to Experience Both Sides of Health Care Systems in West Bank

University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine has offered global programs throughout the world, but where four students will travel later this month is a first. The fourth-year medical students will experience the first medical elective in the West Bank. Not only will the students receive hands-on medical practice, but the group will see, firsthand, the effects of political turmoil on health care.

‘Iowa Insights’ podcast: From Iraq to Iowa

A pioneering program leads students from Iraq to Iowa. In this edition of the “Iowa Insights” podcast, meet Sabah Hussein Enayah, a determined young mother who came to the University of Iowa with a dream: to help re-build her war-torn nation. The 31-year-old graduate student and mother of three shares how she and her family sacrificed everything to come to a strange new country.

Haitian-born artist speaks about paintings

The painting Endless Flight uses the bright, vivid colors of the Caribbean as it articulates shapes and forms across the surface of the canvas, infusing the piece with life and meaning. Haitian-born artist Edouard Duval Carrié created this intriguing painting. He will deliver a lecture about his native country at 5 p.m. today in 2520D University Capitol Centre.

UI Student Returns Home After Witnessing Egyptian Revolution

Dan Olinghouse is a revolutionary. He may not look the part, dressed in a fleece jacket and drinking a double espresso — the closest thing he can find to an ’ahwa, or Egyptian coffee — in an Iowa City coffee shop. But the third-year University of Iowa political-science major was one of thousands of protesters who filled Tahrir Square, calling for the departure of 30-year Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak.

UI Student, Home From Egypt, Plans to Make Film

University of Iowa political science student Dan Olinghouse, 25, is safe at home in Ankeny, but he’s spending much of his time online watching Al-Jazeera’s coverage of the turmoil in Egypt. Olinghouse was taking part in a study abroad program in the country when the riots began.

UI Political Science Student Returns to Iowa After Study Abroad in Egypt

University of Iowa political science major Dan Olinghouse was sitting in a café in Tarhir Square in downtown Cairo when the Egyptian protests erupted Jan. 25. The 25-year-old UI junior from Ankeny was in his second semester of an independent study abroad program at the American University in Cairo when the historic revolution began sweeping the streets of Cairo.