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Public Health Buckeyes O-H-I-O in HelsinkiBuckeyes critically examined the role of culture, education, economy, and environment on public health-related issues in both classroom settings and through extensive travel throughout Finland and Estonia this summer via a program organized by the College of Public Health with resident director Lorraine Wallace.

"This trip gave me the opportunity to apply many concepts I have learned in the classroom and develop a global perspective on healthcare," reflects Maura O'Keeffe, a public health major. "I had a wonderful time and highly recommend people study abroad to gain the first-hand experience that cannot be taught in a classroom. I had a awesome experience and I’m sad it’s over!"

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Beatriz Schmidt

Schmidt is a postdoctoral researcher in psychology at the Federal University of Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil, who spent one semester at Ohio State.

I spent one semester as a visiting scholar linked to the Human Development and Family Science Program at The Ohio State University, and it was such a wonderful experience! I had the opportunity to develop great work with my faculty sponsor, Professor Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, PhD. We discussed data pertaining to my dissertation, regarding co-parenting across the transition to parenthood in Brazilian families. In co-authorship with my PhD advisor in Brazil, Professor Piccinini, we wrote articles and presented posters in scientific events held at Ohio State, like the International Scholar Research Exposition and the Education and Human Ecology Student Research Forum (you can see Professor Schoppe-Sullivan and me in the picture at one of these events). Shortly after I returned to Brazil, I successfully defended my PhD dissertation. I was also awarded a scholarship for a postdoctoral internship in psychology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, which is enabling us to continue such a productive and enjoyable collaborative endeavor amongst the research groups in Brazil and the United States.

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The third BRASCON (Brazilian Students and Scholars Conference) was held at Ohio State on June 23 – 24, and was a great success! Previous hosts of the conference were Harvard (2016) and University of Southern California (2017).

Opening remarks were given by Gifty Ako-Adounvo, PhD, assistant vice provost for global strategies and international affairs at Ohio State. Ako-Adounvo emphasized Ohio State’s internationalization efforts and highlighted the importance of the Global Gateways, including the Brazil Gateway, whose team helped bring BRASCON to Ohio State.

The first day included three keynote speakers sharing their experience in industry, innovation and science. José Pires, innovation leader, led participants through an engaging activity; Duilia de Mello, PhD, vice provost at the Catholic University of America, talked about her experience working at NASA; and Joana Felix, PhD, from Harvard, told her emotional and inspiring trajectory to overcome prejudice and poverty. There was also a panel discussion on ways to bridge leadership, entrepreneurship and science, with Marcio Resende, PhD, associate professor at the University of Florida, and Roberto Alvarez, PhD, executive director of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, of which Ohio State is part.

“I met amazing people! In particular, two great women scientists inspired me with the impact they are having in the world: Joana Felix and Duilia de Mello," said Paula Dalcin Martins, PhD, Ohio State alumna and BRASA’s (Brazilian Students Association) president. “It’s incredible to see resilient, passionate and determined women doing what I want to do when I am a professor! Thank you BRASCON for the opportunity to work with you all!"

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DavidCarltonDavid Carlton, a sophomore accounting major and African American and African studies minor, studied abroad through the Between France and Morocco: Diversity in the Francophone World in May 2018.

Since my freshman year started, I knew I wanted to pursue all opportunities that would give me a great experience. Considering that this program was all contained within the month of May, I thought it was the perfect amount of time to experience new cultures while also not taking too much time away from home and other responsibilities. This program turned out to be a great comparison between two cultures that are mutually affected by an intertwined history.

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Kidest Beyene explores history of Senegal in Saint-Louis"This past month I was able to take part in the "Francophone Africa: Between Tradition & Modernity" study abroad. I traveled throughout Senegal for a month to study the effects that colonization and slavery has had on contemporary Senegal," reflects Kidest Beyene. "Each week we focused on a specific theme. The four themes we learned about was history/religion, art, media, and cinema & politics. World renown professors, philosophers, and artists were brought to our classroom to teach us everyday."

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MayaOutlaw2Maya Outlaw, a junior biomedical engineering major participated on the Between France and Morocco: Diversity in the Francophone World education abroad program in May 2018.

My education abroad program studied the intertwined history of France and Morocco and how colonization effected both countries.

My transformational moment was when we visited an after school/supplemental educational facility. While at this site we heard from young women who were able to be successful in school and obtain their life goals because of this program. One girl stated that her dream was to become an agricultural engineer, and as an engineering major, it made me feel so grateful to have access to education and an infinite number of opportunities available to me.

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With the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding President Trump's executive order, it is important for international students and scholars to know that the Office of International Affairs is here to provide information and resources for individuals directly affected by this policy and to those who may have concerns.

Although the executive order restricts travel to the United States by nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, an exemption continues to benefit individuals from those countries who have a credible and documented "bona fide relationship" with a person or entity in the United States. For example, students from the designated countries who have been admitted to U.S. educational institutions such as Ohio State, individuals who have accepted an offer of employment, or lecturers invited to address an audience in the United States have met the necessary requirements. This policy may lengthen wait times for those seeking new visas to enter the United States. Ohio State strongly encourages new students and scholars from Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen to begin the visa application process early.

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IMG 3084Nine Ohio State students studying Chinese participated in the Global Leadership Academy at Wuhan University in Wuhan, China, from May 2 – 26. The trip was coordinated by the Global Gateways and made possible through a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State.

The goal of the program was to give Ohio State students an education abroad experience through a culture and language practicum and to develop leadership skills, while also providing students in Wuhan the opportunity to learn from and participate in language and cultural exchange. The Global Leadership Academy provides opportunities for students to take the language they are learning in the classroom and apply it in real life situations like ordering food, getting transportation, conversing with fellow Chinese students and even watching a movie in the theatre.

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JahzeerHibbert1“Exploring the world has always been a dream of mine since I was old enough to understand that there were more parts to the world than where I lived in New York City,” Jahzeer Hibbert said. “Understanding this, I have always desired to go to two specific places in my life time, and that was Africa and Europe because of its history and culture. My education abroad was very interesting as I was able to witness certain things first hand such as the difference in norms between Europe and America, traditions within the Islamic community in Morocco and also having to conform to them out of respect for the people that resided there.”

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AnnaStarkeyUgandaAnna Starkey, a junior from Bellbrook, Ohio, is an evolution and ecology major, studio art and forest, fisheries, and wildlife minors. Anna participated in the Global May Uganda education abroad program in May 2018.

I chose the Global May Uganda program because of my desire to travel to an unconventional study abroad location and because of my interest in East Africa. After taking Swahili for four semesters with Dr. Fouts, the leader of the program, I knew I wanted to travel to Uganda. I also hope to do biological conservation research in East Africa someday, so going to Uganda was a nice stepping stone and learning experience.   

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