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Danielle Schoon and Melinda McClimans awards UITL grantDanielle V. Schoon, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Melinda McClimans, Middle East Studies Center, were awarded a $2,000 Research and Implementation Grant from the University Institute of Teaching and Learning (UITL) at The Ohio State University to conduct a study during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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The Ohio State University OvalThe Ohio State University is set to launch an international strategic planning process in mid-April, which will result in an ‘International Strategic Plan 2020-2025’ to be presented to the President and Provost for approval by February 2020 for implementation in spring 2020.

Provost and Executive Vice President Bruce McPheron has formed a steering committee composed of senior academic and operational leaders to ensure that the International Strategic Plan is academically aligned, and operationally sound. A successful plan will clearly articulate the academic priority for internationalization and the implications for the operations side of the university. The composition of the steering committee includes representation from the colleges, regional campuses and administrative units.

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Foodborne illnesses are critical global health problems, resulting in an estimated 600 million illnesses annually. Low- and middle-income countries bear most of the burden, largely due to poor food handling practices, weak regulatory systems and inadequate food safety laws.

Barbara Kowalcyk, an assistant professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, wants nothing more than to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. She hopes her research study funded by a $3.39 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID) will provide important information that can be used to help improve food safety and enhance nutrition in low- to middle-income countries.

Over the next four years, the grant will be used to develop and implement a risk-based framework for food safety management and resource allocation with the goal of reducing foodborne illnesses and deaths and increasing equitable consumption of a safe, affordable and nutritious diet.

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Nnaemeka Anene

Anene is majoring in materials science and engineering major on a pre-medicine track who participated in “Brazil Higher Education,” an education abroad program.

For Spring Break 2018, I spent my time in Salvador, Brazil. We visited a number of public and private universities and spoke to students of all backgrounds, religious beliefs and economic statuses. On our very first day at one of the engineering/technical schools, we visited Area One. We became immersed in deep discussion with Luis, a student at the school. He was officially an intermediate level English speaker. I was able to communicate with him using the more-than-nine-years of Spanish I had taken throughout my educational experience. While not Portuguese, there is some intersection between the two languages, and it allowed for a relatively free flowing conversation with him. We spoke on political issues and the abuse he witnessed firsthand, as well as how much he loved rock and roll.

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Jennifer Kue in NicaraguaThirty Ohio State students and faculty are the recipients of the 2017-2018 Academic Enrichment Grants, enabling them to conduct research over the next year in a variety of international locations. The grant competition, with separate tracks for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty, is supported by the Office of International Affairs, the Office of Research and the Office of Undergraduate Education.

This year four undergraduate students, 13 graduate students and 13 faculty were awarded close to $150,000 in grants to further their research.

Research projects run the gamut from icebergs, global health and refugee oral histories to cervical cancer, neoliberalism and the terminal crisis to post-conflict agricultural systems. Students and faculty will conduct their research over the next year in 22 different countries including Brazil, Cambodia, Mexico, Poland and Zimbabwe.

View a complete list of awardees.