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thumbnail Tatakis headshot 4721Dimitris Tatakis, professor and graduate periodontics program director in the College of Dentistry, has been awarded a 2020 – 2021 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Viseu, Portugal.

Tatakis will be teaching the post-graduate periodontology course at the Catholic University of Portugal Institute of Health Sciences and contributing to the academic activities of the Integrated Master’s in Dental Medicine program during February – May 2021.

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Lorraine Wallace, associate professor in the College of Medicine, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Amman, Jordan during August 2020 – January 2021. The goal of her project is to provide evidence-based research education training to students and faculty at the University of Jordan—School of Medicine.

Wallace will facilitate a bi-monthly Journal Club and provide individualized scientific medical publication writing consultations for faculty and students in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She will also teach two courses including Primary Care across Countries and MythBusters: An Introduction to Applied Primary Care.

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A delegation from Ohio State visited Brazil, February 9-14, to meet with partners, engage alumni and perform the Brazil Gateway’s audit. The group included Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron, Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs Gil Latz, Executive Director for the Global Gateways and Partnerships Padmini Roy-Dixon and Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer Gates Garrity-Rokous.

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Almost 70 alumni, partners and friends joined the reception and photo exhibit on February 12. In addition to Ohio State’s 150 years, the event also marked Brazil Gateway’s five years of existence and 55 years of collaborations between Ohio State and the University of São Paulo (USP).

The photography exhibit highlighted many important moments of our 150-year history through 25 images—from the first recorded Brazilian student, Isaac Abramson in 1946, to Ohio State’s first delegation visit to USP School of Agriculture (ESALQ) in 1964 and on to recent activities involving students, visiting scholars and faculty. Copies of historical documents, including a faculty letter from 1936, were also displayed.

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The Office of International Affairs (OIA) has transitioned to providing services for scholars and our campus community via email and phone. These changes are based on university requirements that faculty and staff telecommute and only critical services be maintained on campus.

Scholar immigration specialists will be available by email (preferred) and phone Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We are still accepting J-1 scholar and H-1B cases via IntBuckeye. However, printing of all DS-2019 immigration documents for J-1 scholars will be delayed. Additionally, since our physical office location in Enarson is closed, we are unable to offer pick-ups of documents such as DS-2019s and I-797 approval notices through March 31. We are currently exploring options for urgent situations and will update you when we have more information.  

Helpful Guidelines for Scholars

  1. We will continue essential actions in the SEVIS system for J-1 scholars, such as J-1 extensions and departure notifications, ensuring the J-1 scholar’s immigration record will not be jeopardized.
  2. We will continue using IntBuckeye for J-1 extension requests and departure notifications and H-1B case submissions. 
  3. Since our physical office location in Enarson is closed, we are unable to:
    1. Conduct in-person J-1 orientations
    2. Print DS-2019 immigration documents
    3. Offer pick-ups of documents such as social security number letters, DS-2019s and H-1B I-797 approval notices  
  4. We are currently exploring options for obtaining documents for urgent situations. Contact us and we will work with you to provide options.
  5. If you are unable to connect with our office before departing the U.S. due to an emergency, note that J-1 scholars can depart the United States without a travel signature on their DS-2019s, and H-1B employees can depart without I-797 approval notice.  

Helpful Guidelines for Human Resources Professionals

  1. Essential actions in the SEVIS system will be performed such as J-1 extensions so the J-1 scholar’s immigration record will not be jeopardized.
  2. J-1 scholars who may leave the country urgently without a travel signature can do so. We will work with them to provide options.
  3. For the majority of our services, the most efficient way for OIA to assist you will be via email, contact iss@osu.edu.

Emily Wolfe-Sherrie performs research on maternal mental wellbeing in Mexico.“My dissertation research explores how postpartum social support affects maternal postpartum depression, and whether oxytocin mediates the relationship,” explains Emily Wolfe-Sherrie, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology. With funding from the Office of International Affairs Academic Enrichment Grant, Wolfe-Sherrie performed anthropology dissertation research and collaborated with partners in Nicaragua and Mexico on her project, “The Role of Culture on Maternal Mental Wellbeing in the Postpartum Period.”

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The Office of International Affairs (OIA) has transitioned to providing services to international students via email and phone. These changes are based on university requirements that faculty and staff telecommute and only critical services be maintained on campus.

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.

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oval seal 3020As 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, the university has canceled all university-sponsored summer education abroad programs.

Ohio State provides regular updates and guidance for students, faculty and staff relating to international travel and is aware that COVID-19 protocols will cause disruption, but the risk of not acting outweighs the inconvenience of these measures.

Students who had been awarded a scholarship to study abroad during summer term 2020 through the Office of International Affairs, will be able to defer the scholarship for future use on a university-sponsored education abroad program. Students awarded scholarships for summer programs should contact the scholarship source directly to determine whether or not they can defer or use it on a future program.

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The Office of International Affairs is implementing new ways to advise international students through the end of spring semester. We will offer our services via email and phone except for emergency travel signatures.

For the majority of our services, the most efficient way for OIA to assist students at this time will be via email. Forms can be accessed at oia.osu.edu/forms-and-handouts and can be scanned and emailed to iss@osu.edu.

In addition, Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) workshops have been canceled through the spring semester.

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josh oldJosh Hubbard graduated from the Ohio State Fisher College of Business in 2017 and has been working in Mumbai as a brand manager for Dove (Unilever) for the past three months. He came to India to work on a project that leverages his skills from the United States to expand India’s eCommerce landscape. His team works on the South Asia, Middle East and Africa markets and frequently collaborates with teams from the United States and United Kingdom. 

Hubbard speaks very highly of the global business experience and cultural immersion that India has given him. After traveling and talking to consumers in six different states, he says the differences are apparent, unquestionable and fascinating as they go far beyond just business models and consumer behavior to tradition and cultural history.  

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