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2016 Cohort of Mandela Washington FellowsFor the second year in a row, The Ohio State University is one of just 38 academic institutions across the United States that will host a cohort of 25 Mandela Washington Fellows from the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative. The fellows will participate in a six-week academic and leadership institute from June 16 – July 28 on Ohio State’s main campus. The fellowship provides 1,000 young leaders between the ages of 25 and 35 from Sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. higher education institution through academic coursework, leadership training and networking.

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President Drake and Jack Hanna meet with Rwanda social entreprenuers

President Michael Drake and Jungle Jack Hanna met with Rwandan social entrepreneurs at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Ubumwe Community Center in Gisenyi, Rwanda. In partnership with Partners In Conservation, three-time The Ohio State University graduate Cara Whalen planned and implemented a community health worker (community-based rehabilitation) program to improve access to care for home-bound people with disabilities.

The 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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The Big Ten Academic Alliance is a union of Big Ten universities that fosters cooperation across state lines and tackles mutual challenges they experience.

On April 6 - 7, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) represented Ohio State in hosting administrators from 12 of the member universities in the Fourth Annual Summit on Integration.

The alliance is composed of The Ohio State University, University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Northwestern University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Francis John Troyan, assistant professor of Teaching and Learning Administration in the College of Education and Human Ecology, is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant by the U.S. Department of State. Troyan will be affiliated with the Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 in Montpellier, France, where he will work as a scholar in residence in the PRAXILING group, a community of more than 40 scholars who investigate the intersections of discourse and language systems, praxis and language use in context. As a scholar in residence in this community, Troyan will participate as a member of the Speech and Discourse PRAXILING team.

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On February 7, 2017, Ohio State’s Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability Discovery Theme focus area, Institute for Materials Research and Fisher College of Business co-sponsored an Energy and Environment Discovery Themes seminar. The seminar was given by Ardeshir Contractor, Institute for Materials Research Executive-in-Residence, Founder and CEO of Kiran Energy and Ohio State mechanical engineering alumnus.

The seminar, titled, “Factors Influencing Product Innovation in Solar Markets,” discussed solar ened rgy and sustainability financing. Attendees ranged from those working in materials science, energy policy, clean technology, entrepreneurship, global sustainability, business, finance and innovation.

To learn more about Contractor and his background, visit imr.osu.edu.

Joseph Fiksel, executive director of the Sustainable and Resilient Economy focus area of Discovery Themes at The Ohio State University, recently traveled to India to engage with industry leaders and government officials. The purpose of his visit is to promote and discuss the upcoming Waste Management Innovations Conference in April 2017.

The conference has several partners including, Mahindra and Mahindra. Tata Sustainability Management Group, Aditya Birla and Reliance Group. As a result of the conference, Ohio State hopes to increase partnerships and research programs with these companies.

Tyler Grassman, assistant professor in the College of Engineering, traveled to Mumbai in December 2016 under a new collaborative research effort toward the development of materials and device structures. Grassman, along with Rajiv Dusane, professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT_Bombay), received the grant for their project titled, “Advanced Passivation for Next-Generation Si-Based Tandem Solar Cells.”

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Capitol Hill visit to share impact of Mandela FellowsLaura Joseph of the Center for African Studies and Esther Gottlieb of the Office of International Affairs recently met with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown during his monthly constituent coffee at his office in Washington D.C. As Young African Leaders Institute partners, Jospeh and Gottlieb went to Capitol Hill to share stories about how the Mandela Washington Fellowship has impacted The Ohio State University and Columbus, Ohio. In 2016, Mandela Washington Fellows contributed more than 13,000 hours of community service to their university communities across the country, connected with thousands of Americans, and left an indelible impact on those they met.

Stan Thompson, professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant by the U.S. Department of State. Thompson will travel to the Czech Republic where he will be affiliated with the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague from February – April 2017.

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