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Project Abstracts - FY 2001 Awards

Project Number Lead State
P116M010004 University of Georgia GA
P116M010005 San Diego State University CA
P116M010011 Washington and Lee University VA
P116M010012 University of Notre Dame IN
P116M010013 Western Illinois University IL
P116M010015 University of Texas at Austin TX
P116M010019 Wright State University OH
P116M010020 University of Georgia GA
P116M010022 University of Delaware DE
P116M010029 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology NM


Brazil-US Consortium in Agroecology: An Integrated Approach to Education, Research and Communication in Natural Resource Management

Lead Institution Partners
US University of Georgia Iowa State University
Brazil Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco Universidade Federal do Par??

Subject Areas: Agriculture Ecology

Urbanization, deforestation, and population pressure endanger environments both in Brazil and in the US. Through a comprehensive program of education, training and research, the Brazil-US Consortium in Agroecology seeks to address these issues by increasing the number of scientists, future scientists, and future policy-makers with combined expertise in agroecology, Portuguese and English languages, and a depth of understanding of Brazilian and US culture. Agroecology focuses on the complex relationships between the environment and production of agricultural commodities, such as cultivated plants, native vegetation, and livestock. Agricultural and ecological issues are often similar among different countries but are embedded in different cultures and situations and have global effects. All participating institutions have an agroecology focus that encourages the production of food and fiber in concert with environmental stewardship, prioritizing sustainable productivity and natural genetic diversity. Our cross-national agroecology program contains a framework for formal student exchange, internships and research experiences, and expansion of an existing Study Abroad program. This variety of opportunities will allow us to reach a broad range of students who will learn to make educated future choices based on long-term benefit to both agriculture and the environment.

Total US funding for 4 years: $207,431

US Lead Contact:

    Edward T. Kanemasu
    Regents Professor and Director of International Agriculture
    University of Georgia
    120 Four Towers
    Athens, GA 30602-4356
    Tel: 706-542-0812

Brazil Lead Contact:

    Dr. Em??dio Cant??dio de Oliveira Filho, Rector
    Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco
    Rua D. Manoel de Medeiros
    s/n - Dois Irm??
    Recife PE, Brasil
    Tel: 55-81-33021001


Bilateral Consortium in Social Science and Public Policy

Lead Institution Partners
US University of Texas at Austin University of California at Los Angeles
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
Brazil Universidade Estadual de Campinas Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife
Getulio Vargas Foundation, S??o Paulo

Subject Areas: Public Policy Social Science

The Bilateral Consortium in Social Science and Public Policy (BCSP) will establish collaborative agreements for student exchange, curriculum development, and policy research. The BCSP intends to contribute to the emerging intellectual, educational and public policy linkages between Brazil and the US. Despite the historical commonalties, such as European colonization, immigration, and substantial indigenous populations, and similar geographic, economic, and demographic proportions, and federalist governmental system, the two countries suffer a lack of mutual understanding. The BCSP will provide a fundamental element to this common agenda: the preparation of professionals and academics that are bilingual and have a deep appreciation of political systems and policy objectives of a hemispheric neighbor. The BCSP believes that the proposed program holds the promise of broad dissemination of its work to other universities engaged in public policy training in the two countries and elsewhere in the Americas through a consortium partner, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

Total US Funding for 4 years: $208,640

US Lead Contact:

    Robert H. Wilson
    Director, Brazil Center
    Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
    University of Texas at Austin
    Sid Richardson Hall 1.314
    Austin, TX 78712
    Tel: 512-232-2416

Brazil Lead Contact:

    Pedro Luiz Barros Silva
    Director, NEPP Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)
    Instituto de Economia - IE e N??cleo de Estudos de Pol??ticas P??blicas (NEPP)
    Cidade Universit??ria "Zeferino Vaz" - Av. Albert Einstein, 1300
    Campinas S??o Paulo, Brasil
    13 083-970
    Tel: 55 19 3289 3143/3901


Partnership for Leaders in Social Progress

Lead Institution Partners
US University of Notre Dame Harvard University
Brazil Universidade de S??o Paulo (USP) Pontificia Universidade Cat??lica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RIO)

Subject Areas: Social Sciences Public Health, Business, Law

The Partnership for Leaders in Social Progress will develop a program of comparative study in the area of innovations to assist the poor in the United States and Brazil. Through a series of multi-disciplinary modules integrating experiential, classroom and web-based learning, this program will allow students from the United States and Brazil to develop a close understanding of how global economic change affects economically disadvantaged groups in an OECD country and a middle-income country. Particular attention will be given to successful efforts by social entrepreneurs and to opportunities to reduce poverty that emerge in each setting. Despite recent growth and vast differences in their economies, both the US and Brazil have pressing social needs. The four universities in this consortium contribute diverse expertise in social analysis and, through their locations, access to public and private agencies working with disadvantaged groups in diverse settings. This program will train students to think about promoting social progress in a global context.

Total US funding for 4 years: $208,760

US Lead Contact:

    Christopher Welna
    University of Notre Dame
    Kellogg Institute
    203 Hesburgh Center
    Notre Dame, IN 46556-5677
    Tel: 219-631-3636

Brazil Lead Contact:

    Lucio Felix Frederico Kowarick
    Universidade de S??o Paulo
    Departamento de Ci??ncia Pol??tica
    Rua Peixoto Gomide, 1769, apto. 13
    S??o Paulo, SP, Brasil
    Tel: 55-11-3081-4790


US Brazil Bio Tech Training Consortium (USABRIO)

Lead Institution Partners
US Wright State University University of Iowa
Proctor and Gamble Pharmaceuticals
Brazil Universidade de S??o Paulo Experimental Hypertension InCor
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Subject Areas: Biotechnology Pharmacology

The US Brazil Biotech Training Consortium (USABRIO) is an effort to promote scientific interchange between academic and biotech partners in Brazil and the United States. The consortium involves Wright State University, University of Iowa and Proctor and Gamble Inc. in the US and University of Sao Paulo, InCor Heart Institute and Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. The purpose of the program is to train US and Brazilian students in biotechnology with the aim of preparing them for careers in the global community of science. There is particular interest in the interchange between Brazil and the US because of the common health and environmental problems facing the Americas and the fact that each country has a strong commitment to biomedical research.

Total US funding for 4 years: $210,095

US Lead Contact:

    Mariana Morris
    Wright State University
    Department of Pharmacology/Toxicology
    3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
    Dayton, OH 45435-0001
    Tel: 937-775-2463

Brazil Lead Contact:

    Lisete Michelini
    Universidade de S??o Paulo
    Instituto de Ci??ncias Biom??dicas
    Departamento de Fisiologia e Biof??sica, ICB-USP
    Avenue Professor Lineu Prestes
    S??o Paulo
    , Brasil 05509-900
    Tel: 55-3818-7213


Consortium for International Advancement and Achievement: Global Precision Agriculture

Lead Institution Partners
US Western Illinois University Arkansas State University
Brazil Universidade Estadual Paulista - Botucatu Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa

Subject Areas: Agronomy Agribusiness

The Consortium for International Advancement and Achievement will bring together agricultural students and faculty of educational institutions, farmers, agribusinesses, and service organizations to share technology and curriculum, and train a new generation of students in the field of precision agriculture. The program will respond directly to the real-time needs of the agricultural industry. The Consortium is organized to share technology, develop new curriculum, and train a new generation of students in precision agriculture - the future of global agriculture. This project is enhanced significantly through the partnership with John Deere and Rotary International. The universities in this consortium were chosen not only for their expertise in precision agriculture but also for their geographical diversity. The locations provide a variety of situations with regard to climate, crops, and land and soil types.

Total US funding for 4 years: $208,602

US Lead Contact:

    Danny E. Terry
    Western Illinois University
    Dept. of Agriculture
    Knoblauch 145
    Macomb, IL 61455
    Tel: 309-298-1080

Brazil Lead Contact:

    Ulisses Antuniassi
    Universidade Estadual Paulista - Botucatu
    Faculdade de Ci??ncias Agron??micas
    Botucatu, S??o Paulo, Brasil
    Tel: 55-14 6802-7118


US-Brazil Consortium on Mineral Technology and the Environment

Lead Institution Partners
US New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Tennessee Technological University
Brazil Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Subject Areas: Mining Engineering Environmental Engineering

A major challenge which faces the mining industry is how producers of raw materials on which the world industrial base depends can maintain their economic profitability while meeting the ever-stringent environmental quality and health objectives expressed in laws and policies of government and other agencies. The objective of the Consortium on Mineral Technology and the Environment is to provide opportunities for students to experience the application of professional skills in the area of mineral technology and environmental stewardship in a different cultural, social and academic environment. The Consortium brings together the expertise of faculty from internationally recognized academic institutions in mining and top-ranked mining companies as associate partners to address problems that have both national and international implications. The Consortium will develop inter-institutional projects and curricula that are beneficial to the student participants, the industrial partners, and the minerals industry at large. Students participating in this project will be advanced undergraduates, mostly juniors and seniors, and graduate students in a specific area of mineral technology and environmental protection. The pre-professional preparation that students receive through this Consortium will have great value and impact upon the quality of their future professional activity as well as permit them to become skilled in a very crucial aspect of engineering that relates to sustainable development and economic growth.

Total US funding for 4 years: $208,196

US Lead Contact:

    Catherine T. Aimone-Martin
    Mineral Engineering Department
    New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
    801 Leroy Place
    Socorro, NM 87801
    Tel: 505-835-5346

Brazil Lead Contact:

    Claudio Pinto
    Departamento de Engenharia de Minas
    Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
    Rua Esp??rito Santo, 35 -Sala 702-Centro.
    Belo Horizonte, MG-Brasil
    Tel: 31-2381863
    Fax: 31-2381966


Preparing Veterinarians to Deal with Global Issues in Animal Health, Trade and Food Security

Lead Institution Partners
US University of Georgia Texas A & M University
Brazil Universidade Federal de Santa Maria Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Subject Areas: Veterinary Medicine International Education

Current trends in integration and globalization of animal agriculture have led to huge increases in international trade of animals and animal products, with resulting veterinary and public health problems emerging to cause economic devastation in a variety of places throughout the world. In this program, a bi-national curriculum aimed at training veterinarians to respond to global issues in animal health will be developed. During the preparatory year, an internet-based course will be devised, consisting of multiple modules (in two languages) on intercultural communication competence, transboundary diseases, agricultural economics, agroterror, and various transboundary diseases. In the three subsequent years, 60 students (30 from each country) who have successfully completed the internet course will take part in an exchange with the partner country, participating in academic, government or industry courses and externships. Selected experiences will be incorporated into the internet course to keep it current and relevant.

Total US funding for 4 years: $179,002

US Lead Contact:

    Corrie Brown, Professor
    University of Georgia
    Department of Veterinary Pathology
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Athens, GA 30602-7388
    Tel: 706-542-5842
    Fax: 706-542-5828

Brazil Lead Contact:

    Claudio Barros, Professor
    Universidade Federal de Santa Maria
    Departamento de Patologia
    Santa Maria 97105-900 Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil

    Tel: 5555-220-8168
    Fax: 5555-220-8284


    The Environment, Economic Development and Quality of Life Nexus: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Undergraduate and Graduate Education

    Lead Institution Partners
    US Washington and Lee University Fairfield University
    Brazil Universidade do Amazonas Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense

    Subject Areas: Environmental Studies Sustainable Development

    The US-Brazil Consortium for Environmental Studies will focus on the study of the relationships among the environment, economic development and the quality of life. Our primary goal is to use the different experiences and perspectives in Brazil and the United States to improve environmental studies curricula through the development of a better understanding of the relationship between the environment and economic development. The development of a common curriculum and shared perspectives from the North and South can not only contribute to the field of environmental studies, but help to move us closer to global resolution of environmental problems. The universities in this consortium were chosen for their expertise in environmental studies, a shared vision of the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies, and with a view towards geographic and socio-economic diversity. Students who participate in this program will develop the ability to understand environmental problems from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a global view that incorporates the importance of differing ecological, economic, political and cultural contexts.

    Total US funding for 4 years: $208,000

    US Lead Contact:

      James R. Kahn
      Director of Environmental Studies
      Professor of Economics
      Washington and Lee University
      218 Leyburn Library
      Lexington, VA 24450
      Tel: 540-463-8036
      Fax: 540-463-8639

    Brazil Lead Contact:

      Alexandre Almir Ferreira Rivas
      Diretor Centro de Ci??ncias do Ambiente e Professor da Economia
      Universidade do Amazonas
      Av. General Rodrigo Ot??vio Jord??o Ramos 3000
      Bairro do Coroado - Campus Universit??rio
      Manaus Amazonas CEP 69077-000 Brasil
      Tel: 55-92-644-2384
      Fax: 55-92-644-2384


    The US-Brazil Consortium for International Business Management

    Lead Institution Partners
    US San Diego State University University of Florida
    Brazil Universidade Federal do Paran?? Pontificia Universidade Cat??lica-Rio de Janeiro

    Subject Areas: International Business Management

    The US-Brazil Consortium for International Business Management seeks to strengthen US-Brazilian commercial ties through the development of three joint academic programs: the exchange of US-Brazilian students and faculty, the offering of virtual programs to Consortium students and US-Brazilian firms, and the promotion of joint business and management research. The project will focus on the development of competent US and Brazilian businesspeople to conduct business effectively in each other's country. The program will enable students from the US and Brazil to pursue business and management certificates or a transnational dual degree at the undergraduate or graduate levels. US and Brazilian students will complete an internship in addition to their studies.

    Total US funding for 4 years: $206,107

    US Lead Contact:

      Steven J. Loughrin-Sacco
      San Diego State University
      5500 Campanile Drive, BAM 430
      San Diego, CA 92182-7732
      Tel: 619-594-3008

    Brazil Lead Contact:

      J. Amaro dos Santos
      Universidade Federal do Paran??
      Rua Dr. Faivre 405
      Curitiba, Paran??
      Tel: 55-41-272-7571


    U.S.-Brazil Consortium in Marine Policy: Development of a Training Program and Exchange of Best Experiences on Integrated Ocean and Coastal Management between Brazil and the United States

    Lead Institution Partners
    US University of Delaware Center for the Study of Marine Policy University of Miami
    U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    Brazil Funda????o Universidade do Rio Grande Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
    Minist??rio de Meio Ambiente
    (Brazilian Ministry of Environment)
    SerConsiente, Rio de Janeiro

    Subject Areas: Coastal and Ocean Management Environmental Management and Policy

    This collaborative project between Brazil and the United States will be an essential instrument for marine policy students and professors to learn and interact on how the two countries are approaching common issues related to marine policy and integrated coastal management. Both countries have similar federal government systems with states playing an important role in the management of coastal resources, and share similar problems related to the use of ocean and coastal resources. The goal of the project is to develop common curriculum and teaching materials on integrated coastal management (ICM) among the partner universities and to establish a series of exchanges between students and academics of both countries. This will be carried out with the participation of national ICM programs and non-governmental organizations in the United States and Brazil. The overall strategy of the exchange program includes laying the groundwork for permanent cooperation among the partners. Students will have an opportunity to participate in a work/internship assignment with a governmental or non-governmental consortium partner. The program also seeks to enhance the language, culture, and comparative experiences of future ICM professionals in both countries. The consortium involves eight partners (four universities, two governmental institutions, and two non-governmental institutions) in Brazil and the United States. The lead partners are pioneers in the area of marine policy in their respective countries and have a long tradition of training and research in the area of integrated coastal management.

    Total US funding for 4 years: $207,401

    US Lead Contact:

      Biliana Cicin-Sain, Director
      Center for the Study of Marine Policy
      University of Delaware
      301 Robinson Hall
      Newark, Delaware 19716
      Tel: 302-831-8086
      Fax: 302-831-3668

    Brazil Lead Contact:

      Dr. Milton L. Asmus
      Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
      Funda Universidade do Rio Grande
      Av. Italia Km.8, Cx.P.474
      Rio Grande do Sul (RS) 96201-900, Brasil
      Tel & Fax: +55-53-233-6560

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