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Led by Dr. James L. Moore III, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the College of Education and Human Ecology offered the education abroad program during this past spring break. Titled, “Higher Education in Brazil: Access, Equity, and Opportunity,” this education abroad experience took place in the Bahia region of Brazil.

The course aims to expose Ohio State students to educational access and equity challenges in Brazil commonly experienced by low-income and first-generation college students enrolled in American universities and colleges. 

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Two Brazilian alumni were awarded the International Alumni Award from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at a ceremony on campus on March 7: Mauricio Bittencourt, PhD in agricultural economics, 2004, who has a 24-year career at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR); and Luiz Lucchesi, PhD in agronomy, 1997, who has a long-standing commitment to sustainable agriculture in Brazil.

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My name is Dillon McBride, and I am a pre-candidacy PhD student in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at Ohio State. My research interests focus on the evolution of influenza A virus, especially at the human-animal interface to protect public health and mitigate pandemic risk. This past December, I was fortunate enough to attend the first Center for Arbovirus Discovery, Diagnostics, Genomics and Epidemiology (CADDE) genomic epidemiology workshop hosted at the Institute of Tropical Medicine of São Paulo, Brazil. The center is a Brazil-United Kingdom collaborative center to study arboviruses such as yellow fever.

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thumbnail 9bYinzhen Fang earned his MBA from Ohio State in 1992 after completing an undergraduate degree in chemistry. He is currently the vice president of human resources at Proctor & Gamble in the greater China area. He chose Ohio State because of the advantages it had to offer. Being a large school, Fang was able to make connections with classmates, network with professors and even become a football fan.

Fang says that Ohio State had a large influence on his career choice. Before attending, he worked for a small company, and after graduation he got a job at a German company. He says his study abroad background allowed him to better understand the corporate culture of international companies.

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lillard deanDean Lillard, professor in the Department of Human Sciences in the College of Education and Human Ecology, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Austria for “Life-course Smoking Patterns of eight cohorts of Austrians.” During his time in Austria, Lillard will be teaching and conducting research at Johannes Kepler University of Linz.

“My goal for the teaching aspect of this program is to educate graduate students in the techniques of constructing and analyzing life-course health histories to produce policy relevant insights,” stated Lillard. “My goal for the research part of the Fulbright is to build the evidence needed to forecast the future morbidity effects of smoking in Austria.”

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The Office of International Affairs worked to secure the equipment needed to process I-20s remotely and will begin processing I-20s starting April 6. Processing and mailing may take longer than normal. 

Immigration coordinators will be available by email (preferred) and phone Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to advise and respond to international students’ questions via email and phone through May 1.

Immigration coordinators at the Office of International Affairs will be available for virtual advising starting Wednesday, April 15, Monday – Friday from 1 – 4 p.m. via CarmenZoom. Students can register for 15-minute appointments at go.osu.edu/oiaadvising.

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Fulbright Visiting Scholar Jiraporn Inthasan

The Ohio State University is proud of our distinguished Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays grant recipients, as well as our numerous visiting international Fulbright awardees. Fulbright awards supported 18 Ohio State students, staff and faculty for international studies, teaching and research opportunities in 14 countries around the globe in 2019-2020. More than 50 students and scholars joined the Ohio State family this past year through Visiting Fulbright fellowships and grants. These new Buckeyes hailed from 24 countries spanning six continents and brought an international dimension to laboratories and classroom across campus.

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CostiganLucia Costigan, professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Mexico.

Costigan will be researching “The Transformation of Portuguese New Christians into Heretics during the Union of the Spanish and Portuguese Crowns: 1580-1640” at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Biblioteca Franciscana and Biblioteca Palafoxiana during January – June 2021.

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caoHeping Cao is an economist, professor and the doctoral supervisor at Peking University School of Economics. He holds a master’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in agricultural economics and a doctorate degree in international finance from The Ohio State University.

Cao says he was impressed by the rigorous teaching style at Ohio State and that was what ultimately led to him getting three degrees from the university.

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thumbnail image001Amanda Hummon, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to the Netherlands.

Hummon will be teaching a graduate course in proteomics at Maastricht University. She will also be conducting imaging mass spectrometry research on patient-derived organoids in the Maastricht MultiModal Molecular Imaging Institute (M4I) January – May 2021.

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