Texas Tech University

“STEM Across Continents” Workshop

August 31 - September 1, 2016 at Texas Tech University, International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana Ave, Lubbock, Texas 79409-5004

Academic interactions between Texas Tech University (TTU) and Brazilian academic institutions have been strong, and in recent years intensified through the signature in 2012 of an agreement between the Brazilian science foundation agency, Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) and TTU. The Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program led to further scientific agreements between TTU and Brazilian institutions, especially in the state of São Paulo: the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and University of Mackenzie in 2014 and the University of Sao Paulo (USP) in 2015. Delegations from the two countries have visited their colleagues in 2014 and 2015.


Sao Paulo FAPESP building

To promote the scientific and technological collaboration, FAPESP and TTU made calls for proposals under the framework of the FAPESP SPRINT program in 2014 and 2015, with five teams winning support for exchange of faculty and postdoctoral researchers in each cycle. Projects have ranged from the human and medical sciences to more traditional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) projects in biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics.

The STEM Across Continents Workshop will promote interactions between scientists from the two countries. It will provide an opportunity for past awardees to describe the progress they have made and the challenges involved, and for those interested in participating in the next to call to learn about the procedures and meet possible collaborators. We are hoping that this cycle will see the emergence of several research themes that are of interest to both countries and involve more than one research team. The event will be open to academics from all disciplines but focus on the STEM and Environmental Sustainability fields. 

Who should participate?

  • Scientists already participating in the TTU x FAPESP program;
  • Scientists considering becoming part of the program;
  • Research administrators from Brazil and TTU

How to participate:

Contact Dr. Adelia Aquino via e-mail at adelia.aquino@ttu.edu

Hotel Information:

Conference Hotel Information:

MCM Elegante Hotel and Suites
801 Avenue Q, Lubbock, Texas 79401

For reservations please click: MCM Elegante Hotel Reservations

Previous winners:

2014: Michelle Franz Montan Braga Leite of Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) and Harvinder Singh Gill (TTU); Sergio Ferraz Novaes of Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) and Nural Akchurin (TTU); Ivan de Godoy Maia of UNESP/Botucatu and Christopher Dale Rock of TTU; Francisco Bolivar Correto Machado of Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA) and Hans Lischka of TTU; and Aparecido Carlos Goncalves and Ilha Solteira of UNESP and Stephen Ekwaro-Osire of TTU.

2015: Andrea Parolin Jackowski of Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP) and Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo and Ann Mastergeorge (TTU); Cassiana Montagner Carolina Raimund (UNICAMP) and David Klein (TTU); Ricardo Shohei Hattori of Agencia Paulista de Tecnologia dos Agronegocios (APTA) and Reynaldo Patiño (TTU); Sonia Jancar (USP) and Naima Moustaid-Moussa (TTU); and Sonia Marli Zingaretti of Universidade de Ribeirao Preto (UNAERP) and Kameswara Rao Kottapalli (TTU).

“STEM Across Continents” – tentative program


AUGUST 31

SESSION 1: WELCOMES AND PROGRAM LOGISTICS - ICC HALL OF NATIONS
9:00 – 9:05 Welcome (Ambassador Nagy)
9:05 – 9:15 Opening Address: TTU (President Schovanec)
9:15 – 9:25 Opening Address: FAPESP (Prof. Roberto Marcondes Cesar Jr.)
9:25 – 9:35 Opening Address: USP (Prof. Debora Rejane Fior-Chadi)
9:35 – 9:45 Opening Address: Mackenzie (Prof. Maria Campos Lages)
9:45 – 10:00 SPRINT at TTU (Dr. Sukant Misra)
   
10:00 – 10:10 Coffee break
SESSION 2: UPDATES FROM FORMER AWARDEES - ICC HALL OF NATIONS
10:10 – 10:30 Pedro Galli Mercadante and Shuichi Kunori (team from first cycle)
10:30 – 10:50 Aparecido Carlos Goncalves and Stephen Ekwaro-Osire (team from first cycle)
10:50 – 11:10 Hans Lischka (team from first cycle)
11:10 – 11:30 Sonia Zingaretti and Rao Kottapalli (team from first cycle)
11:30 – 11:50 Chris Rock (team from first cycle)
   
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Break (Lunch provided for Brazilian Attendees at the ICC)
   
1:00 – 2:00 Brazilians presenting concurrent hour-long seminars- ICC Breakout Rooms
Luiz Antonio Martinelli – “ A Window of Opportunity in Brazil: Food Production with Environmental Preservation ”
Marcos Eberlin – “ Molecular Fingerprints of Life by Mass Spectrometry ”
Pedro Galli Mercadante – “ Search for Physics Beyond the Standard Model: The SPRACE Contribution ”
Dennis Brandao – “ Electrical & Computer Engineering Research Activites at USP campus Sao Carlos ”
Antonio Hortencio Munhoz – “ Pseudoboehmite: Synthesis and Applications ”
SESSION 3: BRAZILIAN PERSPECTIVES - ICC HALL OF NATIONS
2:30 – 3:30 Scientific talks: 10 min for ongoing project, 5 min for new prospective
Sergio Emanuel Gallembeck – FFCLRP/USP
Sonia Marli Zigaretti – UNIVAP
Luciano Ribeiro – USP
Marcos Eberlin - UNICAMP
Luiz Antonio Martinelli - CENA/ESALQ/USP
   
3:30 – 4:00 Coffee Break
SESSION 4: US PERSPECTIVES - ICC HALL OF NATIONS
4:00 – 5:00 Scientific talks:
Dr. Bill Poirier, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Michael San Francisco, Dean of Honors College
Dr. David Ray, Department of Biological Sciences
Dr. Harvinder Gill, Department of Chemical Engineering
5:30 – 6:00 RECEPTION- ICC HALL OF NATIONS (INVITATION ONLY)
   
6:00 – 7:00 DINNER- ICC HALL OF NATIONS (INVITATION ONLY)

SEPTEMBER 1

SESSION 1: SMALL-GROUP DISCUSSSIONS - ICC HALL OF NATIONS
9:00 – 10:30 3 concurrent discussions of specific cooperation on the themes of Energy, Water, and Sustainability facilitated by
Stephen Ekwaro-Osire, Venki Uddameri and Chuck West - ICC BREAKOUT ROOMS
10:30 – 11:30 Presentation and discussion of conclusions - ICC HALL OF NATIONS
11:30 – 12:00 Final remarks (Provost, VPR, Adelia Aquino, Prof. Roberto Marcondes Cesar Jr.)
   
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Break (Lunch provided for Brazilian Attendees at the ICC)
SESSION 2: LAB TOURS
1:00 – 2:00 Visit labs of potential TTU partners and core facilities, cycle 1- Nanotechnology
2:00 – 3:00 Visit labs of potential TTU partners and core facilities, cycle 2- TIEHH
3:30 – 4:30 Visit labs of potential TTU partners and core facilities, cycle 3- Innovation Hub

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