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On October 18, Jane K. Aparecido, interim director of the Brazil Gateway, visited the city of Curitiba to meet with local government leadership. Aparecido met Secretary of Education, Maria Silvia Bacila, the Technical Director of the Development and Innovation Agency, Frederico Lacerda, the Director of the Sports Department, Thiago Soares, and the Head of International Relations, Rodolpho Feijo. The meetings were organized by Nelson Bucker, collaborator in the International Office and Ohio State supporter.

Opportunities of exchanges and collaborations were discussed. Aparecido was able to visit Farois do Saber (Knowledge Lighthouse), which are small public libraries that also have computers, 3D printers and other technologies, where children and anyone from the community can become creators. Local students presented and showed games and robots they had created with the support of their school teachers. Their project was awarded support from Lemann Foundation and MIT Media Lab.

If you want to know more about Columbus and Curitiba collaborations and opportunities, check the sister cities website.

Six Ohio State undergraduate students were in Brazil from November 16-23 to participate in the University of São Paulo’s (USP) International Symposium of Undergraduate Research (SIICUSP).

SIICUSP is an annual event in which undergraduate students communicate the results of their research projects, developed at USP or other universities. It helps students improve their academic research skills and fosters the interaction of researchers from different areas and levels in order to promote collaboration and multidisciplinary research.

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On November 26, Dennis Hirsch, professor of law and director of the program on data and governance at Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law, attended the Information Society and Law Conference, at United Metropolitan Colleges (Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas - FMU) in São Paulo, where he gave a presentation on personal data protection, comparing data and environmental issues, to an audience of FMU students, alumni and faculty.

Attendees found it interesting to hear the topic from an environmental law perspective. Hirsch’s research interests lie at the intersection of governance theory and information privacy law and he has written extensively in this area.

The presentation was delivered online, “which makes complete sense given the conference’s topic,” said Bruno Bioni, FMU alumnus and attorney, who performed simultaneous translation during the presentation.

Cecilia Chagas de Freitas is a graduate student in the Department of Plant Pathology.

My name is Cecilia Chagas de Freitas, a graduate student in Plant Pathology at The Ohio State University. The last opportunity I got to share my research with others occurred during the Tripartite Workshop held in Columbus in October 2018. The Tripartite initiative is a well-established partnership among Ohio State, University of São Paulo (USP) and Rutgers University.

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image3Education abroad allows you to earn academic credit, fulfill requirements in your major, minor or elective coursework; experience hands-on learning and gain invaluable intellectual insight. The Office of International Affairs offers a myriad of study abroad programs for students to choose from, so you can find the one that's the right fit for you. There are several summer programs with deadlines occurring in January and February. Read more to explore these faculty-led programs and be sure to submit your application on time. Many third party provider and direct enroll programs have deadlines in February. To learn more about semester-length programs, use the education abroad search tool.

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Final exam season is just around the corner! Maximize your academic success and lower your stress by checking out these five useful campus resources you may not even have heard of.

  1. Dennis Learning Center’s online academic success tutorials – videos and podcasts on topics ranging from test taking strategies, effective note review, test anxiety, avoiding procrastination and more
  2. Universities Libraries has an extensive staff of Subject Librarians – each field of study at the university has its own specialized librarian to help students navigate the libraries’ holdings, acquire hard-to-find materials, and generally assist students in research
  3. Universities Libraries offers Research Tutoring – research tutors are available to provide assistance to undergraduate students on all matters related to conducting research
  4. The Writing Center’s online writing guides – the Writing Center, aside from offering in-person and online consultations, also makes available an extensive collection of writing resources, on subjects such as writing mechanics, paper content and organization, conducting research, and much, much more
  5. University Housing’s Tutoring in the Residence Halls – certified peer tutors can help you review concepts in math, physics, chemistry and other subjects; tutoring is available in four residence halls in different areas of campus



2018 International Scholar Research ExpositionThe 13th Annual International Scholar Research Exposition is on display in Bricker Hall during November and December 2018. Current international J-1 visiting scholars to The Ohio State University were invited to submit research summaries and 35 finalists from 14 different countries were asked to create research posters for display. The posters will be on display outside the university President's office and near the Office of the Vice President of Research, on the first and second floor of Bricker Hall.

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Esther E. Gottlieb, historian for Comparative and International Education Society Esther E. Gottlieb, senior advisor at the Office of International Affairs, and a comparative education scholar, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). CIES is a scholarly association dedicated to increasing the understanding of educational issues, trends and policies through comparative, cross-cultural and international perspectives.

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BriannaCunninghamBrianna Cunningham, a senior majoring in geographic information science and minoring computer information science, studied abroad on the Geography of the European Union in Cyrpus in May 2018. Brianna vlogged about her experience abroad.

My love for travel and experiencing new cultures made studying abroad a no brainer for me. Originally, I began by searching for programs with relevancy to my major. When I came across this program administered by the Geography department, I immediately knew it was my first choice. Upon researching Cyprus, I discovered its rich history and diverse culture, being a melting pot with Greek and Turkish cultural influences. Everything from the incredible architecture to the natural beauty of the beaches and landscapes captivated me. A huge factor in me choosing this program was our amazing Cypriot professor, Dr. Stavros Constantinou. Having a native as a professor made our program unique and gave us a more authentic and in-depth experience of the country.

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Louise Loh Scholarship recipient Sarah BuckalewThe East Asian Studies Center announces the availability of applications for the 2019 Louise Zung-Nyi Loh Memorial Scholarship and the Intensive Chinese Language Scholarship. The Louise Loh Scholarship is open to graduate and undergraduate students in any department who have an academic specialization and research interests in East Asian studies. The Intensive Chinese Language Scholarship is designed to accelerate the acquisition of Chinese language skills for future careers related to China. The application deadline for both competitions is March 1, 2019.

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