“How the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Uses Innovation to Accelerate Equity in Low and Middle Income Countries”
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Jeff Murray, M.D, is Deputy Director of Family Health in the Discovery and Translational Sciences for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition, he is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Clinical Genetics, and is a human molecular / developmental geneticist and researcher at the University of Iowa.
He received his B.S. in Biology at MIT, and did his M.D., and pediatrics residency at Tufts, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington. He has also done sabbaticals at Oxford University and the University of Southern Denmark.
Jeff led the development of the first user enabled genetic linkage maps of the Human Genome Center at the University of Iowa, and identified the first genes associated with cleft lip/palate and glaucoma. He also oversaw the first genome wide association study of preterm birth. He is the co-author on 470 peer-reviewed articles. He is Past President of the American Society of Human Genetics and is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and Fellow of AAAS.
Jeff Murray will speak about his work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as Deputy Director of Family Health in the Discovery and Translational Sciences Group, and his team’s responsibility for the Healthy Birth, Growth, and Development programs with an emphasis on preterm birth and early childhood physical and cognitive development.
“Young Entrepreneurs Challenging the Political and Economic African Status Quo: How and Why?”
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The U.S. State Department’s Mandela Washington Fellowship, started in 2014 as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative created by President Obama, empowers young people from Sub-Saharan Africa through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. This year the Fellowship is providing 1,000 young ambassadors with the opportunity to hone their skills at U.S. higher education institutions. The Iowa delegation of Fellows will spend six weeks in Iowa taking entrepreneurial classes and touring the state.
Leslie is a broadcast journalist based in Zimbabwe. Leslie is currently a producer and presenter of The Quest on Breeze FM, a mid-morning radio show that deals with business, health, and environmental issues, while also building social entrepreneurship skills to address unemployment challenges within the Victoria Falls community.
Maphano has four years of experience in the beauty industry. Maphano is currently the Manager and Owner of Phano Ea Bophelo Beauty and Rehab Spa, where she works as a nail technician, makeup artist, leader, administrator, and supervisor.
Adewale has over five years of experience in middle management and business consulting, with special interest in business development and marketing. Currently, Adewale is the Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Heenspire Foods, a snack and beverage company that focuses on locally made and packaged products from farm produce that could have gone to waste.
“Fulbright Scholars Discuss Their Assignments”
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Sarah Lucas is a Ph.D. candidate travelling to study and research in Hungary on Bartók’s First Piano Concerto using manuscripts, letters, scores and newspapers found only in the Bartók Archive an
d Széchényi Library. She will use her research to better understand patterns of cultural exchange between Hungary and the U.S. in the 1920s.
Lauren Darby is pursing an English Teaching Assistantship in Germany where she will have the opportunity to work with a diversity program that places grantees in schools with significant numbers of students with minority backgrounds. Darby has studied German history and language and plans to become a social studies teacher.
Amanda Kloser is pursuing an English Teaching Assistantship in Turkey to further explore the similar literary styles she has found studying Turkish and Native American multicultural literature. As a future high school English and language teacher, she hopes to nurture her Turkish students English usage with skills she developed while pursing her Master’s degree.
Destinee Gwee is travelling to Taiwan where she will use her background in health care and athletics to promote healthy living to children in the community. As a future physician, she hopes to use her English Teaching Assistantship to learn how to effectively communicate with patients who may not speak English as a first language.
“2015-2016 Fulbright Scholars Discuss Their Plans”
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The Fulbright award is one of the most prestigious academic award in the world. Established to increase global perspective between the US and other countries via exchange of students, through an exclusive application process those awarded represent the best international scholars. This year the University of Iowa had record-setting thirteen Fulbright Recipients, three of these recipients will discuss their exciting research and future plans.
Quinn Hejlik graduated with a B.A. in History and International Studies in May. With his Fulbright U.S. award, Hejlik will work as an English Teaching Assistant in Russia, where he hopes to develop a deeper understanding of Russian culture and language while extending the same understanding of English language and American culture to his Russian students.
Daniel Goering is a Ph.D. candidate in organizational behavior and human resources in the UI Tippie College of Business. Goering will study work-life balance issues and investigate methods to increase resilience to work-family stress with experts at the University of Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan.
Julia Julstrom-Agoyo graduated with a B.A. in International studies with a focus in human rights, a certificate in sustainability, and minors in Political Science and Spanish in May. Julstrom-Agoyo will use her Fulbright U.S. award for an English Teaching Assistantship in Malaysia to create a dialogue about the cultures and values of Malaysian and American people in terms of the arts, environment, and values to build friendships.
“Exporting American Universities, MOOC’s and Yale in Singapore”
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Exporting American universities—including the University of Iowa and others through MOOC’s—holds considerable fascination today. Robin Hemley will talk about his newest employer, Yale—NUS, Singapore’s first liberal arts college. He will share his thoughts and experiences with this new and exciting venture.
Robin Hemley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from Indiana University in 1980, and subsequently earned a MFA in fiction in 1982. Hemley is the recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship and others from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Ohioana Library Association, and the Washington State Arts Council. Beginning in 2004, Hemley served as the director of the Non-fiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Many of Hemley’s works have been published domestically and overseas, and has been included in publications including The New York Times, Orion, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and New York Magazine. Most recently, Hemley lives in Singapore and serves as the Director of the Writer’s Centre at Yale University Singapore.
“International is the Benchmark of a College Education”
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The mark of a major college of education is the vibrancy of its international aspect. This includes international students, international faculty, international partnerships, and international program offerings. Nicholas Colangelo will discuss what the UI College of Education is doing in terms of international education and share future directions. As Colangelo will assert, the idea of being a “global society” is not simply a catch phrase, but a foundation of college education.
Nicholas Colangelo is the Dean of the College of Education at the University of Iowa. He is also the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Professor of Gifted Education and Director Emeritus of The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. He has authored or edited numerous articles on counseling gifted students and the affective development of gifted and acceleration including Handbook of Gifted Education and co-authored “A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students.” Among numerous awards, he has been awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award by the National Association for Gifted Children, and the Hancher-Finkbine Medallion for Faculty from The University of Iowa In 2013.
“Developing a Global Mindset: Successes and Opportunities at the UI Tippie College of Business”
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More than ever before, today’s business students are graduating into a global economy. In addition to the challenges of technology and the global movement of goods and services, students must also be able to work – sometimes virtually, sometimes face-to-face – with persons from a variety of cultures, languages, and political/economic systems. What are the skills required for business students to be successful in such an environment? Learn how the UI Tippie College of Business is addressing these needs, both now and in the future.
Dean Gardial, a native of Hot Springs, Ark., earned a BS in Business Administration and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Arkansas. She earned a PhD in Marketing from the University of Houston.
Dean Gardial is trying to instill in her students a global mindset. Twenty-two percent of the UI Tippie College of Business undergraduate students are from non-U.S. countries, with most from China, Malaysia, and India. Such international students clearly benefit from education and immersion in U.S. culture, but she is trying to help U.S. students benefit from international students as well. Dean Sarah Gardial enjoys her free time. She is a huge rock ‘n’ roll fan; some of her favorite singers are Joan Jett and Stevie Nicks. She was once lead singer of a rock ‘n’ roll outfit, Air Supply Chain. She also loves to explore new parts of the country on her motorcycle.
Check out some additional information on Dean Gardial:
“A Closer Look: Sarah Gardial”
“Tippie Appoints First Female Dean”
“The Rise, Fall & Rise of International Studies on College Campuses”
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The international landscape is one of constant change. Universities and scholars must adapt to meet the challenges of this ever-shifting international scene. Dr. Greenough will address changes and trends in the development of international studies programs.
Dr. Paul Greenough is a professor of modern Indian history and environmental and global health history at the University of Iowa. In addition to his keen interest in public health, specifically immunization, he is also an expert in the social and environmental history of India.
Dr. Greenough will be sharing his insights on international studies programs on college campuses, a topic with which Dr. Greenough has significant experience. In the late 1970’s he helped establish the Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) at Iowa, a forerunner of International Programs. His first National Resource Center work, in the late 1980’s, fed into a federal grant of $60,000 to support the Center of International Rural and Environmental Health (CIREH). He helped establish the interdisciplinary Global Health Studies program program and directed it from 1994-2007
He worked closely with the Ford Foundation to create the UI-Grinnell Bridging and the Crossing Borders Program, ambitious programs which benefit faculty and graduate students from different fields with international implications.
“Education Under Fire In Iran”
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Members of the Baha’i Faith in Iran have been the victims of relentless religious persecution. After the 1979 Revolution, the new Islamic government fired Bahá’í professors from all universities and expelled Bahá’í students. In response to these serious violations of human rights, the Baha’i community established the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) to allow its youths the opportunity to obtain university educations. Between 1987 and 2011, the government closed the BIHE several times and imprisoned many of its faculty. In response to these injustices, the “Education Under Fire” initiative started in 2011 in the USA, and has gained momentum with the help of several international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International. It works to bring many in the academic and civic worlds together in support of educational rights for all young people in Iran.
Chaden Djalali is Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa. He is an experimental nuclear physicist who has an active research program at the Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory in Newport News Va. Prior to joining the University of Iowa, he was on the physics faculty at the University of South Carolina for 23 years. He is a strong advocate of liberal arts education and the promotion of general scientific literacy. He is also interested in interfaith dialogue and the relationship between religion and science.
“Living with Indigenous People”
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Dr. Balasubramaniam (Balu) is the founder of one of India’s largest development organizations, the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, and has lived and worked with the indigenous people in the forests of the state of Karnataka, India. He will be sharing his experiences of the last 25 years of his life with these people, their development journey, and their struggle to retain their tribal identity amidst the pressures of rapid mainstream acculturation.
Dr. Balu is a physician and alumnus of Harvard University, and is currently the Frank Rhodes Visiting Professor at Cornell University, and an Adjunct Professor of International Programs at the University of Iowa. He is a development activist, social innovator, writer and a leadership trainer. He is also a physician and has an Mphil in Health Management as well as a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard. Dr. Balu is a Tata Scholar, a Mason Fellow in Public Policy and Management, and was a Fellow at the Hauser Center for Non-Profits at Harvard.
Dr. Balu teaches and lectures on issues related to Globalization, Leadership, Managing and Governing NGOs, Poverty and Development, and Global Health. He has served as the Professor and Head of the Vivekananda Chair in the University of Mysore and regularly runs leadership workshops for NGOs and corporations, both in India and abroad. He is now associated with the renowned Vivekananda Institute for Leadership Development at Mysore and has been a part of anti-corruption movements in Mysore and Karnataka.
“The University of Iowa as a Global Institution”
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President Mason, fresh from a UI recruitment trip to several cities in China and Taiwan, lectured the audience on the importance of expanding international ties between students and universities – as well as how much the UI has done in that arena.”International education and the internationalization of our students remains a core focus of the globalization of our campus,” Mason said, highlighting the UI’s Hong Kong MBA program as well as the growing number of international undergraduates attending school at Iowa.At the same time, more and more Iowa students are studying overseas. As Mason pointed out, the share of Iowa undergrads who have done so is nearing 20%.”We think it’s important to encourage our students to study languages, cultures, and histories of other peoples around the world,” Mason said. “We also think it’s important obviously to learn in diverse environments. Interacting with people, cultures, and ideas that are different than their own has been a strong foundational approach we have in the curriculum that we try to deliver.”
Mason highlighted alumni connections during her lecture, pointing out the many successful government officials, business leaders, and journalists living and working in Asia who have graduated from Iowa.