Ohio State students are studying the perspectives of a contemporary Brazil to help them critically examine, reflect upon and directly link individual leadership to organizational and societal change in America. The six-week long spring term program is based in Piracicaba, an area of Brazil where agriculture focuses on sugarcane, coffee, orange, corn, beef cattle, milk and honey.
Barbara Piperata, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Grant. Piperata will be affiliated with the University of São Paulo and the Federal University of Pará in Brazil, where she will teach and work on her research titled, “Tracking the Nutrition Transition in Rural Amazonia: a longitudinal and comparative approach” from September-December 2015.
Global opportunities abound with the opening of the Brazil Gateway in São Paulo, Brazil on September 13. A ribbon cutting ceremony commemorated the occasion with Ohio State leadership, alumni, global partners and Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman on hand to celebrate Ohio State's presence in one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America. The week-long visit to Brazil also solidified university partnerships for Ohio State, generated new research opportunities and launched a new Sister Cities collaboration with Curitiba.