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Ohio State Alumnus Awarded Honoris Causa from Federal University in Brazil

Professor Ruy de Araujo Caldas, Ohio State alumnus and a visiting professor at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), received the Honoris Causa award for his scientific and managerial trajectory and importance in Brazilian’s science development and innovation.

Caldas graduated with his PhD in vegetal biochemistry from Ohio State in 1970. He met his wife and research partner on campus. In Brazil, he worked at the University of Brasilia, Federal University of Vicosa and Federal University of Goiás. He received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from the Federal University of Vicosa-MG (1964) and holds a master’s in mineral nutrition of plants from the School of Superior Agriculture in the University of São Paulo (1967).

Throughout his career, Caldas has received awards and recognitions from the United States Agency for International Development, from FAO Medal for the Heroes of the Green Revolution (2014), and others.

Caldas’ relationship with Ohio State is still very strong. In October he brought a delegation from UFMS to The Ohio State University. The delegation was formed by the UFMS President Marcelo Augusto Turine, Dean of Research and Graduate School Nalvo Almeida, Senior Consultant Rodolfo Vaz de Carvalho and the Provost for Extension and Student Affairs Marcelo Fernandes Pereira. During the visit, the delegation also participated in the Tripartite Meetings, a collaboration between Ohio State, University of São Paulo and Rutgers University.

More information about the award is available (in Portuguese) online.

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