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Yuan JijunYuan Jijun, CEO and partner of Genbase Biotechnology Co., Ltd. in Shanghai, holds a PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry from The Ohio State University. His research interests are in the structure and function of G protein-coupled receptor drug targets. He formerly worked at Shanghai Hengrui Pharmaceutical Co. where he was responsible for the establishment of biological models for drug screening and studied treatments of tumors, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.

Jijun currently leads a team of over 40 people focused on the development of antibody and cell drugs. Jijun’s goal in the pharmaceutical industry is to develop cancer treatment drugs like Kymriah and Yescarta (drugs that can cost up to $500,000 and are not covered by insurance in China), with similar efficacy and affordable prices.

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Wondwossen Gebreyes

Wondwossen Gebreyes, DVM, PhD Diplomate ACVPM, executive director of the Global One Health initiative at The Ohio State University, was named an ACE Fellow for the 2020-21 academic year by the American Council on Education (ACE). Following nomination by the senior administration of their institutions and a rigorous application process, 38 Fellows were selected this year.

Since its inception in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program has strengthened institutions in American higher education by identifying and preparing over 2,000 faculty, staff and administrators for senior positions in college and university leadership through its distinctive and intensive, cohort-based mentorship model. Of the Fellows who have participated to date, more than 80 percent have gone on to serve as chief executive officers, chief academic officers, other cabinet-level positions and deans following their fellowship.

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Ohio State research team in Cambodia

Political scientist Erin Lin examines the long-term consequences of military technology, specifically the impact of unexploded ordnance. Lin’s research has focused on the legacy of war in Cambodia for over twelve years, including working with the World Bank, the Center for Khmer Studies, and the Mines Advisory Group. An Academic Enrichment Grant supported Lin’s research to assess the economic and ecological capacity of post-conflict agricultural systems.

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As Ohio State continues to monitor the global outbreak of COVID-19 and take appropriate steps to ensure the health and well-being of the campus community, we will provide regular updates and guidance for students, scholars, faculty and staff relating to international travel. The Office of International Affairs (OIA) understands that COVID-19 protocols will cause disruption, but the risk of not acting outweighs the inconvenience of these measures.

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Four Brazilian universities have listed Ohio State as a partner for the new Brazilian government funding system, CAPES PrInt. CAPES is an important foundation connected with the Ministry of Education in Brazil. The PrInt program aims to promote the development of strategic internationalization plans as a means to improve the quality of Brazilian graduate courses and to draw greater international visibility to scientific research carried out in Brazil.

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Rebecca Spector

Rebecca Spector is a junior at Ohio State majoring in English education with minors in Spanish and nonprofit management.

Traveling to Brazil was an amazing experience for me as a way to push me outside of my comfort zone. I have been abroad before, but this was my first experience in South America, giving me the opportunity to see and learn more about such different cultures. I did try and learn the basic words in Portuguese while I was there, however I was thankful for my professor, Dr. Surek-Clark, being fluent in the language.

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The Brazilian Student Association (BRASA) at Ohio State participated for the third time at Taste of OSU. They served Brazilian dishes at their booth and also did a cultural presentation of Lambada, a rhythm created in Brazil and a dance emerged in Pará, Brazil in the 1980s.

Brazilian graduate students also showcased Brazilian cuisine at the Celebration of Nations event at Wooster. Lastly, Brazilian students interning through The Ohio Program (TOP) on agriculture served Brazilian food during the Fine Swine’s Cultural Exchange Day.

Congratulations everyone and thank you for volunteering and for spreading Brazil’s culture on campus!

thumbnail Tatakis headshot 4721Dimitris Tatakis, professor and graduate periodontics program director in the College of Dentistry, has been awarded a 2020 – 2021 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Viseu, Portugal.

Tatakis will be teaching the post-graduate periodontology course at the Catholic University of Portugal Institute of Health Sciences and contributing to the academic activities of the Integrated Master’s in Dental Medicine program during February – May 2021.

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Lorraine Wallace, associate professor in the College of Medicine, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Amman, Jordan during August 2020 – January 2021. The goal of her project is to provide evidence-based research education training to students and faculty at the University of Jordan—School of Medicine.

Wallace will facilitate a bi-monthly Journal Club and provide individualized scientific medical publication writing consultations for faculty and students in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She will also teach two courses including Primary Care across Countries and MythBusters: An Introduction to Applied Primary Care.

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A delegation from Ohio State visited Brazil, February 9-14, to meet with partners, engage alumni and perform the Brazil Gateway’s audit. The group included Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron, Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs Gil Latz, Executive Director for the Global Gateways and Partnerships Padmini Roy-Dixon and Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer Gates Garrity-Rokous.

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