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Dianna Morrison-Beedy"The absolute passion I have now for developing global partnerships, for building real, tangible relationships with people from around the world, and then passing this love onto my colleagues and students – this is the real gift of The Fulbright Program award," reflects Dianne Morrison-Beedy, Centennial Professor of Nursing and Chief Talent & Global Strategy Officer, in The Ohio State University College of Nursing.

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Klein headshot webElizabeth Klein, interim chair and associate professor of health behavior and health promotion at the College of Public Health, has received a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award to Adelaide, Australia for “Reframing Tobacco Warnings to Promote Female Smoking Cessation.”

Klein will be conducting innovative research at Flinders University that uses eye-tracking methods (near-infrared cameras that capture precise eye movements when viewing content on a screen) to study attention to health messages within reproductive age female smokers.

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Wuhan University Donates Masks and Shares Expertise with Ohio State

Amid the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ohio, colleagues, alumni and friends at Wuhan University in China have shared medical expertise and shipped 10,000 masks to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The donation from colleagues in Wuhan follows a large shipment of supplies to Wuhan from Ohio State in January. A decades-long partnership between the universities has proven to be mutually beneficial during this challenging crisis.

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Yuan JijunYuan Jijun, CEO and partner of Genbase Biotechnology Co., Ltd. in Shanghai, holds a PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry from The Ohio State University. His research interests are in the structure and function of G protein-coupled receptor drug targets. He formerly worked at Shanghai Hengrui Pharmaceutical Co. where he was responsible for the establishment of biological models for drug screening and studied treatments of tumors, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.

Jijun currently leads a team of over 40 people focused on the development of antibody and cell drugs. Jijun’s goal in the pharmaceutical industry is to develop cancer treatment drugs like Kymriah and Yescarta (drugs that can cost up to $500,000 and are not covered by insurance in China), with similar efficacy and affordable prices.

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Wondwossen Gebreyes

Wondwossen Gebreyes, DVM, PhD Diplomate ACVPM, executive director of the Global One Health initiative at The Ohio State University, was named an ACE Fellow for the 2020-21 academic year by the American Council on Education (ACE). Following nomination by the senior administration of their institutions and a rigorous application process, 38 Fellows were selected this year.

Since its inception in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program has strengthened institutions in American higher education by identifying and preparing over 2,000 faculty, staff and administrators for senior positions in college and university leadership through its distinctive and intensive, cohort-based mentorship model. Of the Fellows who have participated to date, more than 80 percent have gone on to serve as chief executive officers, chief academic officers, other cabinet-level positions and deans following their fellowship.

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Ohio State research team in Cambodia

Political scientist Erin Lin examines the long-term consequences of military technology, specifically the impact of unexploded ordnance. Lin’s research has focused on the legacy of war in Cambodia for over twelve years, including working with the World Bank, the Center for Khmer Studies, and the Mines Advisory Group. An Academic Enrichment Grant supported Lin’s research to assess the economic and ecological capacity of post-conflict agricultural systems.

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As Ohio State continues to monitor the global outbreak of COVID-19 and take appropriate steps to ensure the health and well-being of the campus community, we will provide regular updates and guidance for students, scholars, faculty and staff relating to international travel. The Office of International Affairs (OIA) understands that COVID-19 protocols will cause disruption, but the risk of not acting outweighs the inconvenience of these measures.

As the university prepares to gradually return to campus, visit the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website.

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Four Brazilian universities have listed Ohio State as a partner for the new Brazilian government funding system, CAPES PrInt. CAPES is an important foundation connected with the Ministry of Education in Brazil. The PrInt program aims to promote the development of strategic internationalization plans as a means to improve the quality of Brazilian graduate courses and to draw greater international visibility to scientific research carried out in Brazil.

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Rebecca Spector

Rebecca Spector is a junior at Ohio State majoring in English education with minors in Spanish and nonprofit management.

Traveling to Brazil was an amazing experience for me as a way to push me outside of my comfort zone. I have been abroad before, but this was my first experience in South America, giving me the opportunity to see and learn more about such different cultures. I did try and learn the basic words in Portuguese while I was there, however I was thankful for my professor, Dr. Surek-Clark, being fluent in the language.

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The Brazilian Student Association (BRASA) at Ohio State participated for the third time at Taste of OSU. They served Brazilian dishes at their booth and also did a cultural presentation of Lambada, a rhythm created in Brazil and a dance emerged in Pará, Brazil in the 1980s.

Brazilian graduate students also showcased Brazilian cuisine at the Celebration of Nations event at Wooster. Lastly, Brazilian students interning through The Ohio Program (TOP) on agriculture served Brazilian food during the Fine Swine’s Cultural Exchange Day.

Congratulations everyone and thank you for volunteering and for spreading Brazil’s culture on campus!