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The voting phase of the Office of International Affairs annual International Photography Competition has officially begun. Facebook users can now vote for their favorite photo once every 24 hours through our Facebook app. Online voting will end on November 3, 2014 at 4 p.m. and the top three photos with the highest number of votes will be named the winners.

Ohio State University students, staff, faculty, visiting scholars and alumni were eligible to submit up to three photos in each category of the contest: People, Places and Animals. Over 900 entries were received this year.

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Five of Ohio State’s international programs have been awarded more than $6.3 million in U.S. Department of Education funding for the next four years. These awards make Ohio State one of the few universities in the nation to receive federal funding to support multiple disciplines.

The Area Studies Centers, affiliated with the Office of International Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences, have been awarded $4.1 million in Title VI National Resource Center funding and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship grants. The East Asian Studies Center and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies have received funding for the 2014 - 2018 award period. The grants will be used by the Area Studies Centers to sponsor a wide range of academic activities, provide resources that stimulate new research opportunities and expand instructional initiatives, and conduct outreach activities.

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Ohio State’s Office of International Programs in Agriculture, working in cooperation with China’s Ministry of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service recently welcomed six visitors to Ohio State as part of the U.S. government’s U.S. – China Scientific Cooperative Exchange Program. The program encourages long-term cooperation in agricultural science and technology and creates a positive atmosphere for agricultural trade between the two countries.

This visit came just a few weeks following the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences extension team’s visit to China to exchange knowledge and best practices on urban agriculture. Six faculty and program educators made up Ohio State’s extension team that met with faculty and students from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Henan Agricultural University and China Agricultural University to explore how China is transforming its urban food systems.

The extension teams from both Ohio State and China’s Ministry of Agriculture gained invaluable insight on each other’s agricultural systems and will continue to work together to build on this mutually beneficial partnership.

To learn more about these exchange visits and the U.S. – China Scientific Cooperative Exchange Program, visit cfaes.osu.edu.

Ohio State students interested in studying abroad for spring break 2015 have opportunities to travel to Brazil, Costa Rica, England, Ghana, Haiti or Honduras. Apply before the deadline to start your international journey.

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The Office of International Affairs is accepting entries for its annual International Photography Competition where Ohio State faculty, staff, students, visiting scholars and alumni are invited to submit photos taken outside of the United States. All photographs must be the original work of the entrant and of high quality.

This year’s contest is online through our Facebook app. Submit up to three photos in each category: People, Places and Animals. First, second and third place awards will be made for each of the three categories.

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Ohio State will host the interdisciplinary conference “Imagining Alternative Modernities: Interventions from the Balkans and South Asia,” on October 9 – 11.  The two keynote speakers, Tomislav Longinovic, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, Yale University, will speak on Friday, October 10.

The three-day conference is the culmination of the Sawyer Seminar, bringing together specialists on the Balkans and South Asia. The year-long Sawyer Seminar has been a series of events and activities hosted at Ohio State, organized around a trans-regional comparison of the two regions.

The activities of the Sawyer Seminar are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the John E. Sawyer Seminars on the Comparative Study of Cultures grant program. Sawyer faculty and conference organizers include Theodora Dragostinova, Yana Hashamova, Pranav Jani, Brian Joseph, Jessie Labov, Scott Lev, Andrea Sims and Mytheli Sreenivas.

Registration is free and open to all. Visit sawyer.osu.edu for the full conference program and contact sawyerseminar@osu.edu with questions.

Ohio State hosts Diaspora Tour Andrew O’Brien, U.S. Department of State Special Representative, brought the Diaspora Tour to Ohio State on Wednesday, October 1. O’Brien presented a keynote address and moderated a panel discussion with those from Ohio State and the central Ohio community who have been involved in diaspora initiatives.

Engineering professor Kevin Passino discussed his involvement in service learning programs with students in Guatemala and Honduras. Graduate student Hannah Bonacci shared her passion for improving the lives of at-risk youth and women in Western Africa and how she helped found The Akumanyi Foundation to help fund development projects. Barbara Pratzner, executive director of Greater Columbus Sister Cities International, provided insight into the capital city's growing international interests and the importance of community involvement. And, Jibril Mohamed, executive director of SomaliCAN, addressed the role of the Somali diaspora community in Columbus, Ohio.

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Three doctoral candidates from The Ohio State University have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays grant by the U.S. Department of Education. Noah Dunham, Department of Anthropology, Heather Fair, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology and Peter Tunkis, Department of Political Science, are all recipients of a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) grant.

These Fulbright-Hays DDRA awards represent more than $106,976 in research funding for 2014-2015. 

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The September 2014 issue of China Gateway News features stories about upcoming events and visits, China Gateway Discovery Theme grant recipients, Chinese parent newsletter subscriptions, joining the Buckeye talent pool and a spotlight on alumnus Jared Psigoda. Learn more about how you can connect with and support Ohio State's China Gateway.

The International Affairs Faculty Council invites members of the Ohio State scholarly community, who conduct research on international issues, to submit a proposal to participate in the First Annual Symposium on International Scholarship, “The Global Landscape: Challenges and Resilience.”

This symposium is designed to bring together the Ohio State community and other key partners who engage, or share interest, in international research. While the symposium invites faculty and graduate students to submit their research, all members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

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