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Study Abroad Fair: Let Your Wisconsin Experience Take You Far

Students come to the University of Wisconsin–Madison for the “Wisconsin Experience” – an undergraduate education that happens both in and out of the classroom, preparing them to positively impact the world.

For many Badgers, the Wisconsin Experience includes leaving campus, for a few weeks up to a year, to explore the world.

“I now consider myself much more of a global citizen,” says Cassidy Sandoval, who studied in Aix-en-Provence, France, earlier this year. “I’m from a small town in Wisconsin (Baraboo), but there’s so much more outside city limits and state borders. Adapting to a new culture and learning from its people was the experience of a lifetime.”

Cassidy, who is majoring in French and Community Service and Nonprofit Leadership, is among the more than 2,000 Badgers who studied abroad last academic year. Now, as a Peer Advisor for International Academic Programs (IAP), she helps students explore the world of study abroad opportunities through UW-Madison.

Students seeking to internationalize their Wisconsin Experience or simply curious about the possibilities can begin exploring the opportunities at this year’s UW–Madison Study Abroad Fair, on September 17, noon – 6:00 PM in Varsity Hall, at Union South.

Morrison to talk about lessons of Ebola crisis

University of Wisconsin–Madison alumnus J. Stephen Morrison, a well-known expert in global health and foreign policy, will speak on “The Hard Lessons of Ebola in West Africa,” on Friday, September 19, from noon to 1 p.m., Room 260, Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive, on the UW–Madison campus.

J Stephen Morrison

J Stephen Morrison

The brown-bag event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UW–Madison Division of International Studies and African Studies Program and co-sponsored by the Global Health Institute.

Morrison currently serves as a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a public policy research institution, and directs the CSIS Center for Global Health Policy. He previously directed the CSIS Africa Program (2000-08).

He served in the Clinton Administration (1993-2000) as a member of the Secretary of State’s policy planning staff and co-founded the Office of Transition Initiatives at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Prior to that, he served at the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia (1992-93) and as a senior staff member on the House Foreign Affairs Africa Subcommittee (1987-91).

Morrison, who also taught for 12 years at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, graduated magna cum laude from Yale College and received his Ph.D. in political science from UW–Madison in 1987.

He has directed several high-level commissions, and has written widely and served as a frequent commentator on U.S. foreign policy, global health, Africa, and foreign assistance.


Olsen to discuss ‘One Health’ approach to global health challenges

The first Global Hot Spots Lecture of 2014-15 year will focus on dealing with international health challenges, such as the current Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Olsen_Chris_hs09_7993Christopher W. Olsen, professor of public health and associate director for One Health, Global Health Institute, will speak on MERS, Chikungunya and Ebola – Global Health Challenges Requiring an Integrated ‘One Health’ Approach, on Friday, September 12, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the Pyle Center 702 Langdon Street.

The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series – sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of International Studies – is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

Olsen, who also is serving as acting director of the Global Health Institute, is a professor in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the UW–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. He received his D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the UW-Madison.

His research has focused on public health aspects of influenza in animals and the genetic factors that control transmission of influenza viruses among people and animals. In addition, he has strong educational interests in zoonotic infectious diseases more generally, in building bridges between the veterinary medical and human medical professions, and in promoting an interdisciplinary One Health approach for global and public health.

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