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The Ohio State University and the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay will host the Waste Management Innovation Conference in Mumbai on April 17-18, 2017 at the Oberoi Hotel. This unique conference, “Toward a Green and Circular Economy,” will bring together industry experts from the United States and India, as well as government officials and academic thought leaders, to identify innovative waste reduction technologies and practices that will enable the Indian economy to achieve sustainable economic growth.

The U.S. Consulate in Mumbai, sponsor of the conference, has established a seed capital fund to invest in promising new initiatives, such as innovative waste reduction or avoidance technologies and practices. Proposals for funding will be solicited based on the results of the conference.

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Fisher students in MumbaiSix students from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business will travel to Mumbai this summer to participate in a five-week internship. With the combined efforts of the India Gateway, Fisher Office of Global Business and Ohio State alumni Vikas Goel, executive director and head of global markets, South Asia, at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, and Laxmikant Tanna, partner at Tanna Realty, these students will gain real world business experience in India from May 12-June 17.

John Allen, Phil Koch and Isabella Colasante will intern with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi. As part of the internship, they will overlook and report on company financial activity while ensuring legal requirements are met to effectively seek out ways to reduce costs. They will also compare financial results to financial forecasts and determine the cost of operations in order to develop recommendations on finances to management.

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Fulbright logoThe 2018-2019 competition for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is now open. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research and combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2018-2019 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about core Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities by visiting the online Catalog of Awards.

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Anne GarrelsAuthor and former NPR correspondent, Anne Garrels will visit The Ohio State University on April 7 to give the keynote address to the 2017 Midwest Slavic Conference organized by the Center for Slavic and East European Studies and the Midwest Slavic Association. Over her 40+ year career, Garrels has devoted much of her time to reporting on the former Soviet Union, Russia, and other countries in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. "Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia" is based on Garrels' fieldwork in Chelyabinsk, Russia over a period of 20 years, experiencing and noting firsthand the political, social, and cultural changes in Russia outside of the major metropolis of Moscow. She will also address the challenges of reporting on Russia. This keynote address is open to the public, free of charge. Anne Garrels will be on hand before the keynote address for a book signing. Please RSVP to csees@osu.edu.

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Ohio State establishes new data research exchange program with Nagoya University Translational Data Analytics at The Ohio State University has established a new faculty exchange program with the Graduate School of Information Science at Nagoya University in Japan. Ohio State hosted a delegation from Nagoya University on March 9 to finalize the data research exchange program between the universities.

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Stephanie Hoffer, professor in The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant by the U.S. Department of State. Hoffer will be affiliated with Vienna University of Economics and Business in Vienna, Austria, where she will research Tax, Disability, Work and Community: Can a Human Rights Framework Inform Other Countries’ Use of Tax Laws to Further Integration?

As part of her research during spring semester 2018, she will meet with tax experts to explore distributive justice, tax and disability to gain a better understanding of human rights as they relate to tax. She will then use this information to draw comparisons between legal systems with the hopes of creating a normative framework for the use of tax laws to promote integration of individuals into the workplace and community.

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

W. Berry Lyons, director and professor for Ohio State’s School of Earth Sciences, is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant by the U.S. Department of State. Lyons will be affiliated with the National University of Ireland Galway’s Earth and Ocean Sciences program from January– June 2018.

During his time in Ireland, Lyons will be both researching and teaching. His research will involve the collection and analysis of stream and bog water from Galway and Mayo counties in West Ireland. He will analyze the samples to determine chemical weathering rates and provide new information in environmental management and natural resource assessment. He will teach a number of courses focusing primarily on Antarctic research and the climatic status of polar regions today.

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

Students traveling abroad over spring break should take some simple steps to help themselves remain safe and enjoy their time in another country. It’s important to check out the U.S. Department of State’s website to see if a travel alert or advisory has been issued in the country to which you are traveling, and follow any tips or advice that may be provided. Make sure all your international travel documents are in order, including your passport, and know the location of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in case of emergency. Remember to register your trip abroad with The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, so the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. The website also has loads of information about passports, health and safety issues and traveling smart.

Whether you are traveling to another country for vacation or on a traditional study abroad program, the Office of International Affairs can help students be better prepared. The education abroad section of our website contains information about passports, money, packing, cultural adjustment and more. You can also find specific information regarding traveler health and safety.

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The Office of International Affairs is committed to supporting and assisting the university community with international related-concerns. In light of the new executive order that was signed on March 6, 2017, additional information and resources are available for those students, faculty and staff who are affected or who may have concerns.

While the new executive order is narrower in scope, it still has broad implications for our university community. Entry into the United States has been suspended for certain nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Iraq has been exempted. The travel suspension is effective on March 16 for 90 days. Travelers to those countries who are permanent residents ("green card holders") of the United States or dual citizens who use a passport from another country, and those who hold a valid visa are exempt from the suspension. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has posted a Q&A that offers additional details and examples that may be helpful.

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Students in the Fisher College of Business received a special presentation on international business from Ohio State alumnus, Wilfried Aulbur, on February 16. Aulbur is a senior partner in the Mumbai office of Roland Berger, a global consultancy firm specializing in providing business solutions.

In addition to being a guest speaker in Fisher’s Introduction to International Business class, Aulbur met with Fisher leadership and attended a lunch session with students. Around 15 students attended the lunch hour to hear about Aulbur’s current role, work history and career highlights. They then had the opportunity to ask questions.

This visit was facilitated by the Fisher College of Business and India Gateway.