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One Health Summer Institute FacultyThe goals of Ohio State’s One Health Summer Institute are to build capacity among East African public health professionals and make a grassroots impact on high priority diseases. Now in its sixth year, the 2017 summer institute boasts eight training modules, seven workshops and seven active projects for hands-on training activities. Workshops include One Health communications strategies, international trade and risk analysis, molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases and environmental and occupational health, among many other topics.

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Ohio State and the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences Delhi will be working together in the fields of clinical cancer research, the treatment and prevention of cancer and patient care delivery. A team from Ohio State’s Department of Radiation Oncology and AIIMS-Delhi recently signed a Memoranda of Understanding to formalize the partnership.

Julie Sussi, chief administrative officer of the Department of Radiation Oncology and G. Rath, MD and B.R. Amdekar, MD, all signed the MOU on June 23. Others on hand for the signing ceremony included Kimberly Mahler, Erica Bell, MD, Nilendu Gupta, MD from the Department of Radiation Oncology and Priya Kurle with the Ohio State India Gateway. The group also interviewed six candidates from AIIMS-Delhi for a postdoctoral fellowship available at Ohio State.

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Mandela Fellows discuss leadership with President Drake

President Michael Drake hosted the Washington Mandela Fellows for a luncheon at the Faculty Club on July 3, 2017. During their time together, President Drake discussed leadership skills and management techniques that heave helped him be an effective leader. Many Mandela Fellows took the opportunity to ask questions about Drake's experiences and challenges he has faced as the leader of a large university.

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Guy Worley discusses how public-private partnership revitalized ColumbusThe Washington Mandela Fellows learned about the redevelopment of downtown Columbus from Guy V. Worley, CEO/President of Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and Capitol South Urban Redevelopment Corporation. On Monday, June 26 Worley hosted a luncheon for the Fellows on the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion in Columbus Commons. He discussed the efforts to revitalize Columbus via public-private partnerships that brought residential, retail and cultural development to the area.

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Ratnesh BhattacharyaRatnesh Bhattacharya spoke as an invited panelist at the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai “DirectLine for American Business” webinar on “Waste-to-Energy: Opportunities for U.S. Businesses in India.” The DirectLine webinar was hosted by the US-Consul General, Thomas Vajda, in Mumbai and forty American companies registered for the event. Director at the India Gateway, Bhattacharya spoke about the role of universities in facilitating technology partnerships with local partners to develop research-driven commercial opportunities for market entry with local corporate partners. Bharat Kris “BK” Rao, chairman & CEO, Bharco Ecotechnologies; Stewart Klevan, technology consultant at Antony Lara Enviro Solutions; and Sonal Thengane, post-doctoral fellow at IIT-Bombay, also served on the panel with Bhattacharya.

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Mandela Fellows pose with President Michael DrakeThe Mandela Washington Fellows visited with The Ohio State University President Michael Drake on Friday, June 23, 2017. President Drake welcomed the fellows to the Ohio State campus, discussed his path to leadership positions and explained how staying true to your values creates good leadership. The six-week long Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is wrapping up its first week in Columbus.

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Ohio State shares campus update with alumni in India

Ohio State alumni gathered for a dinner reception at the Oberoi Hotel at Nariman Point, Mumbai on Friday, June 16. The Ohio State University representatives Geoffrey Chatas, chief financial officer, and Christopher Culley, senior vice president, attended the reception and updated the alumni on recent developments at the university. Chatas and Culley discussed about the energy deal with ENGIE and the new facilities which have been developed on campus.

Also in attendance were five students from the Fisher College of Business who have been interning in Mumbai with Tanna Real Estate and The National Bank of Abu Dhabi.

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Halil Sezen, professor in Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering in the College of Engineering, was recently awarded the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant, which will allow for multiple visits.

Sezen will be travelling to Doha, Qatar on two or three separate visits over the next two years and will be affiliated with Qatar University during his Fulbright.

His research, titled, “Retrofit of Deteriorating and Vulnerable Infrastructure using Fiber Reinforced Polymers,” will involve investigation of fiber reinforced polymer and shape memory alloy materials for retrofit and other structural engineering applications.

In order to conduct his Fulbright research, Sezen will collaborate with host researchers and utilize the state-of-the-art material-testing laboratories at Qatar University.

Anyone interested in the Fulbright Scholar Program should contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser.

Mandela Fellows visit Franklin County Commissioners

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners welcomed Ohio State Mandela Washington Fellows to a general session and a roundtable discussion with Commissioners John O'Grady, Marilyn Brown, and Kevin Boyce on June 20, 0217. As the administrative head of Franklin County government, the Board of Commissioners sets the strategic direction and fiscal priorities for the 30th largest county in the United States.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities and support for activities in their communities. It is a program of the U.S. government and is supported in its implementation by IREX. The Ohio State University is a sub-grantee of IREX and is supporting the U.S.-based academic program of the Fellowship.

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Abishek Gupta expanding collaborations in India

Abhishek Gupta discussed potential collaborations with academic institutes and industry partners during a recent visit to Ohio State’s India Gateway. A faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ohio State, Gupta is building on his current collaboration with the OSU-IIT-Bombay partnership.

Gupta is currently in India to present his research at IIT-Bombay and is develop a joint program in the area of machine learning. He is also working with Tata Consultancy Services in the areas of cyber security and privacy.

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