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Henrique Amorim

Time and Time Again

Henrique Amorim graduated from Ohio State with a master’s in botany in 1970. He returned to Ohio State in 1974 as a visiting scholar after receiving his PhD in agronomy from the University of São Paulo (USP). In 1977, Amorim started what would be a very successful business in alcohol fermentation, Fermentec, in the city of Piracicaba. Most recently, he visited Ohio State in 2018 for the launch of the book Pathways to Collaboration, in which his experience was featured.

Visiting Invest São Paulo

Students, faculty and staff from the Fisher Honors Cohort Program were in Brazil December 11-21. The program consists of a diverse, tight knit group of 30 highly motivated, hand-picked students who seek to leverage educational opportunities across the entire university. The program spans the autumn and spring semesters of a student’s junior year and continues into their senior year.

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Beatriz Schmidt

Beatriz Schmidt, PhD, from the Federal University of Rio do Sul (UFRGS) and current faculty member at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG) received two best PhD dissertation awards (in psychology and in humanities) from CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel), Brazil’s most important federal research funding and supporting agency, and from the Ayrton Senna Institute for Education. Ohio State faculty member, Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, co-advised the dissertation during Schmidt’s time as a visiting scholar at Ohio State in 2018.

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Kelly Franz

Kelly Franz is an undergraduate student at the Fisher College of Business.

I am feeling so grateful and inspired after an unforgettable trip to Brazil with the Fisher Honors Cohort! There are so many misconceptions about Brazil, so I was hesitant about traveling there, but now I can’t wait to go back! I am amazed by all that the country has to offer and the incredible people that live there.

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Taste of OSU is an Ohio State signature event that provides an exciting evening of international cuisine, cultural exhibits and exciting performances that will be presented by 51 student organizations. Taste of OSU will take place on Friday, February 21 from 5-8:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union.

The event is free and open to the public and more than 4,000 people are expected to attend. To sample the array of international dishes prepared by the student organizations, attendees must purchase $1 tickets. Food tickets will be available for purchase with BuckIDs February 17-20 at the Office of International Affairs in Enarson Classroom Building, and with BuckIDs and credit/debit cards at the Ohio Union Information Desk. On February 21, tickets will be available for purchase at the Ohio Union with cash or BuckID.

Each organization that will serve international foods, exhibit a cultural display or perform a dance or activity will incorporate the distinct flavors and characteristics of the countries their students represent.

A wide range of student organizations and university departments come together in support of Taste of OSU, including the Office of International Affairs, Student Life’s Dining Services and the Ohio Union.

Join the Taste of OSU Facebook event!

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Mary Grace Sylvester on service-learning in GhanaMary Grace Sylvester is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering who studied abroad on the Engineering Service-Learning in Ghana program during Winter Break 2019.

"Engineering Service Learning in Ghana was an incredible opportunity to demonstrate and develop skills that I've learned in the classroom for the last four years. We worked alongside locals, and as a result, all of us really engaged with Ghana's beautiful and vivid culture. We ate tons of good food, traveled bumpy roads to beautiful destinations, and overall became better people and engineers. Ghana: you were incredible, and the mark you left on all of us was indelible."

The Office of International Affairs is now accepting applications for orientation leaders and peer advisors – a diverse group of students who welcome new international students to Ohio State and the city of Columbus and help them adapt to life in the United States.

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trotterFulbright Scholar Mark Trotter, associate professor at CQUniversity Australia (CQU), is using new technologies to solve age-old problems. Trotter is exploring how integrating satellite vegetation imaging systems and on-animal sensors might help American and Australian ranchers make better grazing management decisions.

Trotter received a prestigious Fulbright Future Scholarship, funded by the Kinghorn Foundation, to apply his research in Australia to grazing lands in Ohio and New Mexico. He spent the last half of 2019 studying cattle in the temperate pastures of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) farms and the desert rangeland properties of New Mexico State University.

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DR 23 webIn celebration of Ohio State's Sesquicentennial, the Office of International Affairs will reimburse three students' $150 education abroad application fees. Students who have applied and are committed to an approved education abroad program will be selected at random during the spring semester. 

The Office of International Affairs offers many programs for all students. Find the program that's the right fit for you at educationabroad.osu.edu. There are several programs with upcoming deadlines. Be sure to submit your application on time.

OliviaSergentBlog2Upon my arrival at the University of Tsukuba I was admittedly a little concerned. I’m the type of person that loves to live in busy places. I want to be able to walk out my door every weekend and see or experience something new, and at first glance I didn’t know if I’d be able to manage that in Tsukuba. The campus is beautiful, honestly, absolutely stunning. It’s like walking around in a park all day. But I didn’t have immediate access to the city, and it was a twenty minute walk just to get to a restaurant that wasn’t linked to campus. I was afraid that I’d be stuck in a bubble with no easy way to sate my urge to wander and explore.

Fortunately, Tsukuba has risen to the challenge. It seems like there is always something going on in and around campus. After only eight weeks I’ve been to two different festivals and a party for the biggest language club on campus, been to and from the main bus center countless times for dinner, shopping and errands and been to the biggest mall in Ibaraki prefecture. There is also a shrine a short walk away from my residence hall, Mount Tsukuba is only an hour bus ride away, and easy access to Tokyo.

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