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CAMPUS PROFILE 

| Ohio State University  | Columbus, Ohio

Au, a junior, transferred to Ohio State just nine months earlier,
but with help from two Malaysian students she found on Facebook,
she threw herself into campus life. She's still surprised "how friendly
people are. People smile and say, 'Hi. How are you?' and everything.
Frankly, you don't get that in Malaysia."
Tianxia "Mark" Gu, 22, a senior from Shanghai, also became a
Global Ambassador. The gregarious Gu said he was "pretty shy"
before coming to Columbus, but now counts more than 50 students
as close friends. A self-described "super sports fan," he "learned the
Buckeye pride before I came here." He credits his American accent to
watching reruns of the sitcom Friends back in Shanghai and considers Monica, the perfectionist, a role model. The finance and math
major wants to return to China and develop job search software to
help people "build their dream."

Tackling Rabies and
Cervical Cancer in Ethiopia
Wide-ranging partnerships in Ethiopia with universities, government
agencies, and NGOs testify to the
breadth of resources Ohio State can
summon to address endemic health
problems. Its "One Health" initiative
musters administrators, faculty, and
students from all seven OSU health
science colleges, as well as the business college and others. Already the
collaboration has laid the groundwork
for a mass campaign to vaccinate dogs
against rabies and introduce cervical
cancer screening in places where that
ISS Director Gifty Ako
has never been done.
Adounvo stresses integrating
Spearheading the One Health international students "into
work in Ethiopia is Wondwossen the fabric of Ohio State."
Gebreyes, a veterinary molecular
epidemiologist. "We've been teaching courses there every summer
since 2009," said Gebreyes. "For the past two years we've adopted
the One Health model and expanded the disciplines." For him, One
Health is a way to pay back the poor farmers whose cattle Gebreyes
once treated after earning a veterinary degree at Addis Ababa University (he also has a PhD from North Carolina State). "I got all my
education in Ethiopia for free on their shoulders," he said.
Usha Menon, vice dean of the College of Nursing, has journeyed
to Addis Ababa four times to teach and prepare a pilot cervical cancer
screening program in the Amhara region. A half-dozen nursing students accompanied her on the last trip. Nearly 90 percent of cervical
cancer occurs in the developing world, where four of five women
have never been screened, said Menon, who came to Ohio State
in 2012. "I've never seen this level of collaboration at other schools
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Dean of Engineering David Williams started a club for alumni engineers
in Shanghai.

among the health sciences." Menon
encountered fewer bureaucratic hurdles for her screening since Gebreyes
already had secured permission from
the Ethiopian government for the
larger One Health project. "That's the
joy of Ohio State for me. Cross-collaboration makes these things much
easier to do. I don't have to start from
scratch," she said.
Tom Gregoire, dean of the College of Social Work, made his first
Usha Menon, vice dean of the visit to Ethiopia with the One Health
College of Nursing, extols
team and will return to teach a graduthe "cross-collaboration"
she's found at Ohio State.
ate course. Did the College of Social
Work need a kick to internationalize?
No, Gregoire said, but the strategic plan "sent a signal from the top and
created more enthusiasm around it. It's more sanctioned. There's a zillion things one can do around here and a good plan helps you choose."

Teaching Critical Languages
Ohio State has six Title VI national resource centers, including the
National East Asian Languages Resource Center. The Department
of East Asian Languages and Literatures offers more than 160 language courses and in 2012 received a three-year, nearly $10 million
grant to administer the U.S. State Department's Critical Language
Scholarship (CLS) Program to establish intensive summer language
institutes at partner universities in China, Japan, and Korea.
Professor Galal Walker underscored the difficulty the United
States faces in producing enough graduates fluent in these lan-



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