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On August 16, Professor Walter Zinn, Fisher College of Business, taught a master class in São Paulo. The topic was “Current issues in logistics & supply chain management.” Zinn focused on the impact of technologies in logistics and supply chain such as IoT (Internet of Things), Omnichannel, Blockchain and Physical Internet.

After the master class, the interim director of the Brazil Gateway, Jane K. Aparecido, had one-on-one meetings with attendees interested in Fisher’s professional and graduate programs.

The master class was a success. It gathered alumni interested in reconnecting with and supporting Ohio State in Brazil; prospective students looking for the right professional program in the United States and representatives of companies dealing with logistics.

Barbosa is a visiting scholar in physical therapy at Ohio State.

My time at Ohio State started with many challenges, as for most people – a new country, a new language, a new culture, a new job and the cherry on top of the cake, I was going to have a baby.

Everything was already organized to move to the United States when I discovered I was pregnant. So, the first question was this: will I still be accepted now that I am pregnant? I scheduled a Skype meeting with my future boss and I told her the news. To my happy surprise, she said “Congratulations! You are very welcome; it is your choice to have your baby in the United States or in Brazil.”

Before I arrived in the United States, I already had all the support of my future boss and information about prenatal care, daycare, etc.

The journey was not easy, because everything was new and I was pregnant. I went through many moments of anguish, sadness and insecurity, but I had a very strong friend by my side – my husband – and all calmness and understanding from my boss.

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Founded in 2010, the International Political Science Association at the University of São Paulo Summer School in Concepts, Methods and Techniques in Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations seeks to provide scholars of the social sciences (typically doctoral, post-doctoral or research-oriented masters students, as well as current faculty members seeking to boost their research skills) with advanced training in qualitative and quantitative methods. The three one-week courses are for participants of high-potential, upper-level scholars of political science, public policy, international relations and related disciplines. More information is available online. The deadline is October 10.

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