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Ground Water ConferenceTarunjit Butalia, research associate professor in the Ohio State Department of Civil, Environment and Geodetic Engineering and the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), recently visited Delhi as a presenter for the 2017 International Groundwater Conference. During his stay in Delhi, he worked further on his research project with TERI in the area of fly ash for which he was awarded a seed grant by U.S. Consulate Mumbai at the Waste Management Conference in April 2017.

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group pictureAfter a year of planning, the 2017 U.S.-China Evidence-Based Practice Immersion Program launched December 4-8 at Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital. Forty six nurses from over 20 hospitals and universities in China participated in the program.

Evidence-based nursing or EBN is an approach to making quality decisions and providing nursing care based upon personal clinical expertise in combination with the most current, relevant research available on the topic.

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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.

Prospective applicants may download a sample application to review questions and information required before the online application goes live on January 8.

The grants are sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, the Office of Research and the Office of Undergraduate Education. For more information and to access the online application, please visit:

Faculty Academic Enrichment Grant

Graduate Student Academic Enrichment Grant

Undergraduate Student Academic Enrichment Grant

18298467 306247463137694 60852251995930624 nEducation abroad allows you to earn academic credit, fulfill requirements in your major, minor or elective coursework; experience hands-on learning and gain invaluable intellectual insight. The Office of International Affairs offers a myriad of study abroad programs for students to choose from, so you can find the one that's the right fit for you. There are several education abroad programs with deadlines occurring in January. Read more to explore these faculty-led programs and be sure to submit your application on time. To learn more about semester-length semester programs, use the education abroad search tool.

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FLAS FELLOWS.JPGThe Center for Slavic and East European Studies and the East Asian Studies Center are seeking applications for fellowships for summer term 2018 and academic year 2018-19, and the Center for Latin American Studies and the Middle East Studies Center for Academic Year 2018-19, under the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship program. Fellowships are available for Ohio State graduate and professional school students pursuing a course of study that requires advanced foreign language and area studies training, and select undergraduate students (eligibility varies by center). Applications are due Thursday, February 1, 2018. For more information, visit the FLAS Fellowship website.

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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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