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Research collaborations with Brazil information sessionOhio State faculty and staff learned about the numerous programs and funding resources available to facilitate and support collaborative research projects with Brazil during an information session on April 13. Hosted by the Office of Research and the Office of International Affairs, the session brought together more than 100 colleagues from all parts of the university who have an interest in developing or expanding research with Brazilian partners.

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Richard Lomax, professor and associate dean of research and administration in the College of Education and Human Ecology, is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Specialist Grant. Lomax will be affiliated with the University of Tartu in Estonia, where he will be assisting two research teams on two separate projects with his expertise on structural equation modeling this May.

The first project is a multinational study of the impact of motivation and attitudinal variables on educational attainment. The second project considers the relationship between children’s well-being and health behavior in a longitudinal design of eight European countries. While in Estonia, he will also help design an advanced graduate course in social sciences and psychology on structural equation modeling.

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A celebration for international students graduating this semester will occur on Friday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m. in the Cartoon Room in the Ohio Union. All international students, along with their family and friends, are invited to attend and be recognized for their tremendous accomplishment.

Graduating students will be introduced at the reception and given the opportunity to share their accomplishments and their future plans after graduation. A photographer from the Office of International Affairs will be taking pictures, but guests are welcome to bring their own camera as well. Graduates are also encouraged to bring their country's flag to the reception. You can view slideshows of previous graduation receptions here.

If you are able to attend the reception, please register and let us know the number of guests you plan to bring to the event.

Thank you to all of the students who participated in the first International Student Photo Contest. We received many wondeful photos, all with new persectives on life around the world and right here on campus. After a week of voting, the Ohio State community has selected their favorite photographs in both categories. The winning photographs and their descriptions are below.

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Lee Thomason, assistant clinical professor in the Moritz College of Law, is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Grant. Thomason will be affiliated with the Entrepreneurial School at the MCI Management Center Innsbruck in Austria, where he will research “Innovation and angel investor decision criteria” and teach a course on transactions in intellectual properties from October 2015 – January 2016.

While in Austria, Thomason will explore investment decision-making through angel and early-stage investors. Prior research on investors in Silicon Valley and other regions across the United States has shown they will fund startups in spite of uncertainties and unproven business models. Entrepreneurs in the European Union often try to replicate Silicon Valley investment practices. Thomason will examine the choices of investors in Austria who evaluate startup businesses seeking initial capital.

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The Office of International Affairs and the China Gateway are hosting a "Chinese Cultural Awareness Workshop" on Thursday, April 9 from 1 - 4 p.m. in the Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Room on the third floor of the Ohio Union. The interactive workshop will focus on Chinese culture and cultural differences. Attendees will hear from experts about how Ohio State faculty and staff can effectively communicate and interact with people from China, both on campus and while conducting business abroad.

Please RSVP for this event by Tuesday, April 7. Note that registration is limited to 48 people.

Join  Kazuyuki Katayama, the Consul General of Japan for Ohio and Michigan, as he discusses US-Japan, and Ohio-Japan relations as well potential job opportunities for students learning Japanese. The Institute for Japanese Studies is partnering with the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit to host Consul General Katayama who will speak on Tuesday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Mendenhall Laboratory, Room 115 at Ohio State. Katayama began his career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1983. Within the Ministry, he has served as director of the Energy Resources Division of the Economic Affairs Bureau, and as director of the Cultural Affairs Division of the Public Diplomacy Department. Overseas, Consul General Katayama has held posts at the Japanese Embassies in China, the United States, Malaysia and Belgium. Katayama joined the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit on September 20, 2013.

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Learn about the many research opportunities and programs available to support Ohio State faculty research collaborations with Brazil. The workshop is hosted by the Office of Research and the Office of International Affairs and will be held on Monday, April 13 from 12 - 1:30 p.m. in E100 Scott Lab, 201 W. 19th Ave. Panelists include Caroline Whitacre, vice president for resarch; William Brustein, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs; Luke Barbara, director of the Brazil Gateway; and Robert McKenney, assistant vice president, research administration.

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Rachel StewartBlue skies, a warm breeze, a morning jog along the Brisbane River followed by a ferry ride to work is how Rachel Stewart begins her weekday mornings in Queensland, Australia. The Ohio  State senior from Loveland, Ohio is majoring in exercise science in the College of Education and Human Ecology and has embarked on her first experience abroad to complete a 450 hour internship that she found with UQ Sports Academy located 9,100 miles away from the Buckeye state. UQ Sports Academy is a strength and conditioning company based at the University of Queensland that provides services to both the campus and local community.

Stewart is one of two students from Ohio State awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, to participate in a study abroad or international internship program. Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad program or internship costs.

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President Marco Antonio Zago and Vice President Raul Machado Neto from the University of São Paulo (USP) recently visited with President Michael V. Drake, MD and other key leaders at Ohio State to further discuss expanding research opportunities. The two-day visit was facilitated by the Division of Natural and Mathematical Sciences and the Brazil Gateway.

The Division of Natural and Mathematical Sciences has had a long standing research and training relationship with USP, first through the Plant Molecular Biology-Biotechnology Program and now through its successor, the Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS). In addition, Ohio State is involved in a well-established tripartite research collaboration in biotechnology along with USP and Rutgers University, that includes biannual scientific conferences at each institution.

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