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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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More than 100 volunteers are needed to help with Taste of OSU on Friday, February 21, from 5 – 8:30 p.m. at the Ohio Union. The event celebrates the diverse culture of Ohio State international students through food, performances and cultural exhibits. Volunteers provide directions to guests, serve the recycling station, administer guest surveys, take photos, replenish supplies and other duties. Please register online by January 24.

Fisher Honors student Melissa Liang in Brazil

Melissa Liang is a senior majoring in operations management who studied abroad with the Fisher College of Business Honors Global Lab program in Brazil during Winter Break 2019.

"Through the Fisher College of Business Honors Cohort program, I had the chance to spend two weeks in São Paulo and Rio experiencing a variety of companies and cultural experiences. We competed in a case competition with other Brazilian students and not only experienced new perspectives on life but formed life-long friendships. The discussions ranging from U.S. vs. Brazilian perspectives about sustainability to inequality in the favelas were eye opening. Experiencing the breathtaking views from Christ the Redeemer to learning about what companies are doing to empower children in favelas is so inspirational and makes me optimistic about the world. The world is so vast, beautiful, and full of life to experience and I’m excited to continue exploring more of it."

Nicole Hamon at La Brea Pitch Lake in TrinidadNicole Hamon is a first-year student majoring in animal science who studied abroad on the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences First-Year Experience in Trinidad during Winter Break 2019.

"My favorite part about studying abroad my first semester was interacting with a new culture and making life-long friendships with some pretty amazing people. I loved interacting with the children and giving back to my community while abroad. I was also able to meet a veterinarian in Trinidad and see how veterinary medicine is done in a new country. Being able to do what I love and travel while learning qualities that will help me as an Animal Science major was absolutely incredible. My #BuckeyesAbroad experience was one I will forever remember and cherish throughout the course of my life!"

Kelly Franz on Fisher Honors Lab in BrazilKelly Franz is a finance major who studied abroad on the Fisher College of Business Honors Global Lab during Winter Break 2019.

"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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The Office of International Affairs will host another round of our International Student Experience Workshop Series for faculty and staff interested in learning more about the international student experience. 

The workshops will include presentations by staff from the Office of International Affairs and other offices on campus, as well as a panel of international students who will answer questions and share their experiences on the selected topics.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to register for all three workshops. Each workshop is offered twice, and you only need to choose one to attend. Those who complete the three-part series will receive a training certificate from the Office of International Affairs. There is no cost to register, and light refreshments will be provided during each workshop.

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LisaHeadShot2019Michael Lisa, professor in the Department of Physics, was awarded a prestigious 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholar Research Grant to Brazil.

Lisa will travel to the Universidade Estadual de Campinas - Instituto de Fisica in Campinas, Brazil, in March – April 2020 and June – July 2020. He will conduct research for his project “Exploring Extreme Vortex Formation in High Nuclear Collisions” which springs from a discovery he published in “Nature” in 2017 and reveals swirling substructure in the flow field of tiny hydrodynamic systems created in nuclear collisions at relativistic speeds.

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6F43FD6C 3D1A 477F 8D14 85C62BBA642ADaniel Roberts, assistant professor in the Department of Dance, was awarded a prestigious 2019 Fulbright Specialist Award to Taiwan.

Roberts visited Taipei National University of Arts from September 21 - October 18. Taipei National University of Arts offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts and a PhD in dance programs, and Roberts was able to instruct all three programs during his visit. He taught classes in modern and ballet techniques, music and choreography, created new choreography for an MFA student and lectured on alternative performance spaces for the PhD cohort. He also had the opportunity to instruct at the Chinese Cultural University in Taipei and the Tsoying Academy in Kaohsiung, a conservatory high school for the top universities in Asia.

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GilmanThree Ohio State students, Oseremhen Arheghan, Rezvan Baghbanian and Fatima Dahir, are recipients of a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Arheghan, Baghbanian and Dahir are three of nearly 1,450 American undergraduate students from over 400 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive this scholarship to study abroad during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Abhay Satoskar, professor and vice chair of the Department of Experimental Pathology, was in Bangalore on November 28, 2019, to connect with potential collaborators and organizations focused on the tropical disease leishmaniasis. In July 2019, he visited the Institute of Microbial Technologies to discuss this disease.

Satoskar is currently leading an international research team that is backed by a $4.25 million grant to generate a genetically modified weakened leishmania parasite as a vaccine for visceral leishmaniasis. The vaccine, although currently intended to eliminate leishmaniasis, is a potential platform to develop vaccines for other neglected tropical diseases.

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