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Melinda McClimans, Assistant Director of the Middle East Studies Center (MESC) at The Ohio State University (OSU) since 2003. She began studying Arabic in high school and, in 1993, she and her family moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where they lived for a year and a half. During that time-period she also studied Arabic in Cairo and Tunis. In 1994 she enrolled in Franklin College in the Italian-speaking area of Switzerland and obtained her Bachelor's degree in 1997, worked as an intern at the United Nations in Bangkok after graduating, and obtained a Master's degree in Arabic at OSU in 2004. She speaks Italian, and has research capabilities in French and Arabic. Her current position as Assistant Director of the Middle East Studies Center at the Ohio State University (OSU) entails program and budget management, grant proposal writing and reporting, training and staff development, educational material creation, and outreach to the P-12 community. Her focus is on adult education, particularly teacher training. She organizes the Global Connections Turkey Study Tour for the Center, along with other day-long seminars for teachers and teaches the Center's Summer Institute on Middle Eastern Cultures.