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Jordan Sibley"My study abroad experience changed my worldview in many ways, but the most important was my exposure to what culture means to a developing country like Uganda and how it heavily influences the structure of its families, government and the livelihood of many people who live in this country," Jordan Sibley said. "Sacrifices and decisions are made that we will never understand or even agree with because our loyaly lies in a very different place amongst very different people."

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PDO 2018

Ohio State hosted its Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) in China for its sixth consecutive year in Beijing and Shanghai with record number of students attending each session.

Approximately 547 students and 567 parents registered for this year’s PDO.

PDO offers two sessions in each city to Chinese students who will be attending Ohio State and provides them with information to help them get an early adjustment to college in the United States. PDO also offers presentations to parents so that they better understand their student's future college experience and learn how they can best support their student's academic pursuits.

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Hongliang LuoHongliang Luo graduated from The Ohio State University with a PhD in food science and nutrition in 2005. Before becoming a Buckeye, Luo received her bachelor's and master's degree in microbiology from Fudan University.

She chose to study at Ohio State because she was interested in interdisciplinary research. She is a food lover, had heard of the food science and nutrition program advisor Hua Wang and was enthusiastic about the food science field. From her experience at Ohio State, Luo gained a sharing mindset, challenging spirit and fearless ability to express her opinions, even if it differed from her peers.

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Clovetta CallenderClovetta Callender is an undergraduate student from College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University.

This past spring, I had the privilege to participate in the “Higher Education in Brazil” education abroad program sponsored by the College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI). My time in Brazil was life-changing. In addition to serving as my first time on an airplane, this trip gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in a culture that had strong historical ties to my own, while forming lasting friendships and memories.

Prior to traveling to Brazil, my classmates and I attended several pre-departure meetings which introduced us to the Afro-Brazilian culture as well as the educational facilities in the country. Before applying for this trip, I was unaware of the racial makeup of Brazil nor the African roots and beliefs deeply engraved in the culture.

Clara Ramos, served as our host while in Brazil. Throughout our stay we had the opportunity to witness the true diversity of the country by staying in beautiful hotels, and dining in traditional restaurants while in Salvador, in addition to exploring the communities and neighborhoods where the majority of Afro-Brazilians reside. On our second day in the country, we attended DeVry University (Area 1) and were given the opportunity to interact with the students. During this time, we were given a first-hand account of their culture as well as many of the students’ educational goals. Over the course of our stay, we visited multiple educational facilities including the Engineering and Technology Institute, Escola Aberta (a community school for the youth) and Steve Biko’s College Preparatory Program for Afro-Brazilian students.

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Nikhil TambeThe Office of International Affairs is pleased to announce Nikhil Tambe has been appointed director of the India Gateway. He will be located in Mumbai, and his first day was June 1.

In his role at the India Gateway, Tambe is responsible for developing strategies to support Ohio State’s academic mission in India, serve as a liaison to Ohio State faculty and partner institutions, promote inbound and outbound student mobility, identify funding sources and negotiate contracts and oversee the university’s strategic engagement in India.

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IMG 1982"I feel as if in this one week alone I have learned and grown more than in one semester. I came on this trip to really get a deeper understanding and connection with my anscestors, and every day I feel myself learning more and more about myself and my people."

Jamilah Muhammad, senior communications major, is studying abroad in Senegal through the Francophone Africa: Between Tradition and Modernity program.

 

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BRASCON 2018

The Brazilian Graduate Students and Scholars Conference (BRASCON) promotes activities to enable integration, communication and professional development for the Brazilian scientific community. This year BRASCON will take place June 23 - 24 at The Ohio State University.

Registration is available online.

Confirmed speakers include:

José Pires, Excellence & Innovation (E&I) leader, Andeavor Corporation; Duilia de Mello, vice provost, The Catholic University of America; Joana D'arc Felix de Souza, associate professor and coordinator, State Technical School Professor Carmelino Correa Jr.; Ulisses Mello, director of research, IBM Brazil; Marcio Resende, associate professor, University of Florida.

 

duenas.2Alcira Dueñas, associate professor of history at The Ohio State University at Newark, is the recipient of a prestigious 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant.

Dueñas will research Making the Spanish Empire of Laws: The Conversion of Indigenous Andeans into Legal Subjects at the Archivo y Biblioteca Nacionales de Bolivia from August 2018 – May 2019.

While in Bolivia, her goals are to investigate the legal cultures of indigenous peoples in colonial Peru and complete the final portion of her research on native officers’ legal involvement in the Audiencia de Charcas Jurisdiction of the Viceroyalty of Peru.

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Jill BystydzienskiJill Bystydzienski, professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies and director of the Center for Slavic and East European Studies, was recently recognized with a faculty award from the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Bystydzienski received the Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award, which honors full professors who have an exceptional record in teaching, research and service.

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U.S. Student Fulbright Grant recipient Yamilex MolinaNine Ohio State students have been offered grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the academic year 2018-2019. The one year grants offer an opportunity for academic study, research, or teaching assistantship experience in more than 160 countries. Over 1,900 grants are awarded annually to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Visit Honors and Scholars to view complete list of recipients.

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