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The 12th Annual International Scholar Research Exposition was held on November 17. Current international J-1 visiting scholars to The Ohio State University were invited to submit research summaries and from those, 37 finalists were asked to create research posters for display.

Patricia Alves De Castro Silva, post-doctoral in the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Ribeirão Preto at the University of São Paulo (FCFRP-USP), doing research in plant pathology with Professor Thomas K. Mitchell presented about the functional characterization of the bZIP ZipD transcription factor from Aspergillus fumigatus.

“The International Scholar Research Exposition, which has been held since 2006, brings together works of researchers from different countries, in different areas, and graces the scholar visitors with a beautiful and warm ceremony to exhibit their research,” said Alves De Castro Silva. “It's amazing how Ohio State cares about its visitors and recognizes their work, trying to promote cross-cultural interactions and experiences, aiming to gather all visitors to the Ohio State community in many different ways.”

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Pires is an Ohio State engineering undergraduate student who participated at The University of São Paulo's International Symposium of Undergraduate Research (SIICUSP).

This year, SIICUSP celebrated its 25th year. This two-day conference brings people from all over Brazil to a single place. Yet, not only Brazilians participate. Three other universities from out of Brazil were included: Ohio State, Rutgers University (New Jersey) and Humbolt University of Berlin (Berlin-Germany). These three universities have partnerships and collaborations with University of São Paulo. Also, this year, I was one of the Ohio State students selected to present my research at SIICUSP.

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The Office of International Affairs is seeking applications for its Academic Enrichment Grants, which support activities with lasting impact across the globe. The grant competition is open to faculty, graduate and undergraduates whose applications focus on research projects that address global issues, connect discipline-specific research to programs in diverse cultural settings, explores the languages, cultures, arts, social sciences and area studies and/or promotes active collaborations with institutional partners. The competition will award grants between $500 and $8,000. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 9.

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Last year, the Office of International Affairs started the Exchange Partner Program, which pairs undergraduate degree-seeking students with incoming exchange students to help them feel at home on our campus and promote cross-cultural understanding at Ohio State.

Exchange students differ from the majority of our international students because they study at Ohio State for only a semester or one academic year and are not seeking a degree. The students enroll primarily in the College of Arts and Sciences but are majoring in a variety of disciplines. They come from many different countries including Australia, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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The Office of International Affairs (OIA) will soon introduce a new software system, IntBuckeye, which will enhance services for international students, scholars and departments. With this new system, students and scholars will be able to upload documents, submit forms and make requests electronically to our office making most requests paperless and less time consuming.

IntBuckeye is scheduled for implementation on December 6, and additional functionality will be rolled out in phases. Updates will be provided regarding the phases as they are implemented.

During the initial phase of data migration and installation, which will be November 30 – December 5, in-person advising will be unavailable and responses to email and phone calls may be significantly delayed.

Additionally, due to the change in software systems, departmental requests to OIA via the Scholar Center will end on November 22.  As a result, department representatives compiling materials for J-1 scholars and H-1B employees must complete and submit all the case materials through the Scholar Center by November 22, or start the case again in IntBuckeye after December 6.

Trainings for departmental representatives to gain access and learn how to submit J-1 and H-1B cases through IntBuckeye will be offered November 13 and 15.  More information will be forthcoming about how to register for one of these sessions. 

We appreciate your patience as we undergo these software changes and become fully operational under IntBuckeye.

Prof. Shum with Mr. Simon Musaus and Pierre de Rancourt of COWI IndiaOhio State Distinguished University Scholar and Department of Earth Sciences Professor C.K. Shum recently travelled to Mumbai and Delhi in November 2017 to discuss collaboration and research in the area of satellite monitoring, data collection and prediction with various national and multinational Geo Special and geographic information systems (GIS) companies. Shum also had key meetings with companies such as GrayRoutes Technology, Toyo Computers, Mega vision Technologies, Spa Geo Technologies, COWI and Matrix Geo Solutions.

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Best in Show - "Beneath The Glacier" by Steven HirschThe 2017 International Photography Exhibition on display in the Great Hall of the Ohio Union features 40 original photographs taken overseas in 26 different countries by 35 Ohio State students, staff, faculty and alumni. The exhibition features a wonderful selection of photographs taken in Austria, Cameroon, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, Faroe Islands, France, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, Paraguay, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine and Vietnam.

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International Scholar Research Exposition 2017The 12th Annual International Scholar Research Exposition is on display in Bricker Hall during November and December 2017. Current international J-1 visiting scholars to The Ohio State University were invited to submit research summaries and 37 finalists from 18 different countries were asked to create research posters for display. The posters will be on display outside the university President's office and near the Office of the Vice President of Research, on the first and second floor of Bricker Hall.

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21510627890 .picRoman Skoracki, division chief of reconstructive oncological plastic surgery and professor of plastic surgery at the Ohio State Department of Plastic Surgery, and Ronnie Campo, associate executive director of destination medicine of the James Cancer Hospital, traveled to China from October 24-29. They visited Zhejiang University-affiliated Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in Hangzhou. Skoracki spoke about  management strategies for postoperative lymphedema in patients with breast cancer at the 12th Annual International Academic Week at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital. Campo visited Hangzhou Normal University and introduced the Ohio State cancer program. During their visit in Shanghai, Skoracki performed a surgery demonstration at Fudan Cancer Hospital, and gave lectures on the surgical treatment of lymphedema at Fudan Cancer Hospital and Zhongshan Hospital. They also explored the potential for faculty  exchanges, collaborative seminars and international conferences with hospital partners.

ChinaGatewayAerospaceWright Brothers Institute Professor and Assistant Vice President for Aerospace and Aviation Meyer Benzakein visited China from October 30-November 4. During his stay, he visited School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Shanghai Jiaotong University, University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics to explore collaboration opportunities for collaborative degree programs, students and faculty exchange and summer school program. Benzakein also attended the first GAID Global Forum in Xuzhou and spoke about the future of commercial aviation.