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kpassinoKevin Passino, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Humanitarian Engineering Center, is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant by the U.S. Department of State.

Passino traveled to Colombia and was affiliated with the Universidad de Narino in Pasto and Universidad Autonoma Occidental in Cali in the summer term 2017. The title of Passino’s research is “Humanitarian Engineering Education,” and his overall goal was to teach about humanitarian engineering and learn from Colombians about the development of their country.

In Colombia, Passino taught free Humanitarian Engineering: Engineering for Sustainable Community Development short courses that covered community development and humanitarian technology.

Passino will participate in programs in 2019 with each affiliated university in Colombia.

Fulbright Scholar Tim LandersThe Ohio State University is ranked fourth in the nation and is a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars for the 2017-18 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Nine scholars from Ohio State were awarded Fulbright grants in the past year.

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globalambassadors 0170 smallThe Office of International Affairs is seeking both American and international students to volunteer as global ambassadors. Global ambassadors are a diverse team of students committed to promoting cultural exchange at The Ohio State University. As volunteers with the Office of International Affairs, Global ambassadors demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the Office of International Affairs, which seeks the engagement of students, staff and faculty in the global Ohio State community.

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DSC 0133Warren von Eschenbach, associate vice president and assistant provost for internationalization at Notre Dame, and Dhiraj Mehra, Notre Dame’s director of initiatives in India, visited the Ohio State India Gateway on January 12, 2018. The meeting was held to discuss various collaborative projects, and to strengthen the university’s existing partnerships in India, build new opportunities across the country and work closely with different centres, institutes and colleges to increase engagement opportunities with India.

Priya Kurle, assistant director of the Ohio State India Gateway, arranged and facilitated the engagement and will play a key role in upcoming joint projects.

AAPI AwardAmerican Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) hosted its eleventh Global Healthcare Summit at the JW Marriott hotel in Kolkata from December 28 – 31, 2017. The major initiatives of the summit were engaging with healthcare professionals and West Bengal government officials in collaboration with Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare and several leading professional associations to enhance skills and exchange knowledge and best practices. The goal is to address major diseases and make quality healthcare affordable and accessible to all people. 

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castroCarlos Castro, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is the recipient of the prestigious U.S. Fulbright Scholar Grant provided by the U.S. Department of State.

Castro will travel to Dublin, Ireland, and will be affiliated with the Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research (AMBER) Centre and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland from May – August 2018. The title of Castro’s research is “Multiscale targeted delivery of DNA origami nanodevices,” and the overall goal is to establish methods for the targeted delivery of DNA nanodevices to cells or tissues by incorporating the devices into biomaterials that can safely be injected into biological systems.

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DavidSomersDavid Somers, professor of molecular genetics in the College of Arts and Sciences is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant by the U.S. Department of State. Somers was affiliated with the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics in Barcelona, Spain, where he researched the plant circadian clock, a mechanism by which oscillations with a period of approximately 24 hours can persist in an organism under conditions of constant temperature and light or dark. These oscillations can occur in an extremely wide range of processes from daily rhythms in body temperature in mammals to an up‐and‐down movement of plant leaves.

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Taste of OSU is an Ohio State signature event hosted by the Office of International Affairs, along with more than 40 Ohio State student organizations and Student Life’s Dining Services chefs, who come together to prepare an evening of international food, exhibits and cultural performances. This year, Taste of OSU will take place on February 16 from 5 – 8:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union.

Students participating in the event will showcase and embrace flavors and characteristics of their home countries represented by their organization.

Entry to the event is free! Tickets to purchase small samplings of international foods will cost only $1 each. Food tickets will be on sale on the day of the event (cash or BuckID) and will also be available for pre-sale starting on Monday, February 12, 7 a.m. at the front desk in the Ohio Union (BuckID only).

Join the Taste of OSU Facebook event!

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The Office of International Affairs is now accepting applications for orientation leaders – a diverse group of students who welcome new international students to Ohio State and the city of Columbus.

Students who apply must be available to work 36-38 hours per week from Monday, July 23 - Sunday, August 19.

Orientation leaders will be responsible for leading group activities, including shopping trips, group meals, sporting events and game nights, while also helping at orientation events including the International Student Resource Fair, campus tours and greeting students at orientation sessions.

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Ohio State’s Police Division (OSUPD) presented Shaniqua Ingol with a Citizen Award for her outreach programming that engaged international students and Ohio State’s police officers. Ingol is a program coordinator for global engagement with the Office of International Affairs.

Ingol collaborated with OSUPD to host several events aimed at connecting officers and the community, including “Pumpkins, Peace and Police,” “Cooking out with Cops” and “Pedal with Police.”

Ingol was nominated by Officer Cassandra Shaffer, who also was recognized for her achievements and received the Officer of the Year award.

“I am so honored for this opportunity,” said Ingol. “I hope this will inspire people to continue bridging the gap between the officers and the community, creating a true Buckeye Nation.”

“All of us here at the Office of International Affairs are really proud of Shaniqua and her accomplishments,” said Megan Lawther, global engagement program manager. “Her initiatives have a tremendous impact in bringing the Buckeye community together.”