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Ohio State’s Global One Health Initiative and global partners are leading the 4th International Congress on Pathogens at the Human Animal Interface (ICOPHAI) that will take place in Doha, Qatar, November 7 - 9 with the theme, "Environmental Challenges and Impact on Global Health."

The ICOPHAI consortium was established in 2011 with the mission to accelerate global capacity and knowledge sharing to effectively reduce the burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases, environmental hazards and their risk factors using the “One Health” platform.

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Ohio State and University of Michigan Beijing Alumni ClubsThe Beijing Buckeye Alumni Association went on a 4km hike with a group of University of Michigan alumni in the mountains located in the outskirts of Beijing. Two teams cherished a remarkably amicable journey together.

"This event rewrote history and maybe we can consider planning events with that state up north again," said Tony Feng, president of the Beijing alumni club.

Spring is a good season for outdoor activities and new initiatives. The Beijing Buckeye Alumni Association held its official launch event on April 22 with key alumni, and Phoebe You,  director of the China Gateway, delivering opening remarks. The newly elected advisory board and the board of governors all were present for this special occasion.

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Community Development Study Abroad in HondurasBuckeyes participating in the Community Development study abroad program in Honduras are learning about Honduran issues related to agriculture, education and international development through community outreach and education about agricultural needs and practices. Stay in touch via their Study Abroad Honduras Blog.

A major project students are working on is to create learning modules and work with local, Spanish-speaking instructors, to teach local residents how to create a community garden. The education abroad program is organized by the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

The China Gateway has been working closely with the International Student Innovation Team of the Office of Career Management at Fisher College of Business to assist Ohio State students and alumni in exploring career opportunities in China.

Phoebe You, director of the China Gateway, hosted information sessions for students during her visit to Columbus in February. During the session, You provided background on the current job market in China and gave advice on the best strategies to help students prepare for career opportunities in China. She also shared various resources that students could utilize at the China Gateway.

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Ohio State-Malawi TeamImproving access to preventative and curative care to communities in rural Malawi and training doctors in China on issues critical to reducing pediatric violence and injury are two Ohio State projects recognized for their international impact. “The Umoyo wa Thanzi Research Collaborative” is the recipient of the Emerging International Engagement Award and the “China Pediatric Violence and Injury Prevention and Research International Program” is the recipient of the Distinguished International Engagement Award.

The Offices of Outreach and Engagement, International Affairs, Service-Learning, Undergraduate Education and Student Life recognize faculty, staff, students and community partners annually for outstanding achievement at the University Engagement Recognition Awards ceremony.

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Cheikh Thiam, associate professor in the Department of French and Italian and Department of African American and African Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant.

Thiam will travel to Senegal and will be affiliated with the Senghor Foundation and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, from December 2017 to August 2018 to research the life, poetry and philosophy of Leopold Sedar Senghor. His project title is, "Negritude Reloaded: an Afri-centered reading of the life, poetry and philosophy of Leopold Sedar Senghor."

Upon completion of his Fulbright, Thiam plans to write a biography of Senghor from the perspective of the people from Joal.

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Four Ohio State students shared their education abroad story as part of the 2017 Celebration of Students Recognition program. College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Buckeyes Ryan Miller, Hillary Kordecki, Natalie Miller and Gage Smith tell their story about learning around the world.

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Craig Dicker, Sultana Nahar and Anil PradhanThe Ohio State University and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have established a Centre of Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics - Education and Research (STEM-ER) in India as part of the Indo-US 21st Century Knowledge Initiative. This is the first such Center in India. The primary goal of the STEM-ER project is to train PhD students in Indian universities to become world class teachers and researchers at the university level.

The center is the culmination of the pilot project between the universities that initially developed a dual degree program for students to earn a doctoral degree from AMU and a master’s in education with STEM specialization from Ohio State. The program involves the College of Education with research advisors from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Ohio State and AMU hope the center will become an “innovation incubator” for advanced teaching and learning in STEM subjects and contribute to the local, state, national and international STEM education outreach efforts.

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Mandela Washington Fellow with volunteer In June, Ohio State will host 25 young professionals from across Africa for the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF), a six-week flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative. The objective of the program is to provide young African leaders with the skills and connections they need to accelerate their career and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth and enhancing peace and security in Africa.

Washington Mandela Fellows are men and women between 25 and 35, who have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their respective organizations by being engaged in community development and youth mentorship.

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