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  • Potential of community land trusts in Rio’s favelas discussed at Lincoln Institute

    Potential of community land trusts in Rio’s favelas discussed at Lincoln Institute

    Catalytic Communities’ Theresa Williamson was welcomed to the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy by Martim O. Smolka, director of the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean, on Nov. 16, 2017. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Lincoln Institute has for many years helped establish a network for best practices in the establishment of community land trusts, and […]

  • Crusading Judge Sérgio Moro receives Notre Dame Award

    Anti-corruption Judge Sérgio Moro receives Notre Dame Award

    Federal Judge Sérgio Moro is a polarizing figure in his homeland, idolized by much of the population for running the anti-corruption crusade that took down some of Brazil’s richest men over the past three years, and simultaneously reviled by left-wingers for disgracing the country’s previous two presidents, Dilma Rousseff and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. […]

  • UT Moody journalism students to report on Rio 2016 Olympics

    UT Moody journalism students to report on Rio 2016 Olympics

    The University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication will send at least three students to report the Olympics in Brazil this summer. The students will receive personalized training before heading off to Rio de Janeiro, said Kevin Robbins, senior lecturer and program supervisor. The school has partnered with the director of communications for […]

  • Amazon State University enters partnership with Caltech

    Amazonas State University enters partnership with Caltech

    Amazonas State University (Universidade do Estado do Amazonas, or UEA) entered into a partnership with Caltech, opening up new opportunities for research and academic exchange. UEA is Brazil’s largest multicampus university system, while Caltech was named the world’s best university in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings. “With this partnership, we will have […]

  • New legislation removes obstacles to research in Brazil

    New legislation removes obstacles to research in Brazil

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed into law on Monday the National Code of Science, Technology and Innovation, a measure designed to eliminate bureaucratic obstacles to scientific research and boost Brazil’s technology sector. Brazil’s public institutions were barred by the Constitution of 1988 and a bevy of other laws from doing business with private entities without […]

  • Brazilian researcher wins Georg Forster Research Award

    Brazilian researcher wins Georg Forster Research Award

    Cardiovascular researcher and professor Robson Augusto Souza dos Santos of the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte has been awarded the Georg Forster Research Award by Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The 60,000 euro ($65,000) award will boost his longstanding cooperation with professor Michael Bader’s research group at Berlin’s Max Delbrück Center for […]

  • Brazilian students spend summer at ISU Horticulture Center

    Brazilian students spend summer at ISU Horticulture Center

    Illinois State University’s latest crop of visiting students from Brazil are digging deep into the science of horticulture this summer through an internship at the University’s outdoor laboratory. The three Brazilian students are getting hands-on experience at the Horticulture Center, the ISU Department of Agriculture’s hub for horticultural instruction and research. They’re learning directly from […]

  • Students design app to help refugees in Brazil

    Students design app to help refugees in Brazil

    The large flow of refugees arriving in Brazil caught the attention of five students from the Rio Grande do Sul Federal Institute (IFRS), inspiring them to create the Helping Hand app. The app is available in Arabic, Portuguese, English, French and Spanish, and includes information on international agencies, legal aid, support centers, houses of worship, […]

  • Brazilian student invents lamp that kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    Brazilian student invents lamp that kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    A 24-year-old Brazilian student has created a portable medical lamp that kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The inventor, Caio Guimarães, studied electrical engineering at Brazil’s Federal University of Pernambuco. His device consists of a lamp, which emits light at a blue wavelength that has been shown to kill bacteria, and biodegradable microneedles. These penetrate the skin’s outer […]

  • Projecto Arcomusical to perform berimbau music at DePaw

    Projecto Arcomusical to perform berimbau music at DePauw

    Members of the Projecto Arcomusical from Northern Illinois University will present music for the Afro-Brazilian berimbau, a percussion instrument with historical roots in southern Africa, for the DePauw University School of Music’s Faculty Select Series. The concert takes place on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall, located within the Green Center […]

  • IU anthropologist to discuss African diaspora tourism in Brazil

    IU anthropologist to discuss African diaspora tourism in Brazil

    Anthropologist Stephen Selka of Indiana University will give a lecture on Dec. 9 at Augustana University. The lecture, titled “The Promises and Pitfalls of African Diaspora Tourism in Brazil,” will focus on African-American tourists at the annual Afro-Catholic festival of Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte (Our Lady of The Good Death) in Bahia, Brazil. “This festival, […]