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On October 18, Jane K. Aparecido, interim director of the Brazil Gateway, visited the city of Curitiba to meet with local government leadership. Aparecido met Secretary of Education, Maria Silvia Bacila, the Technical Director of the Development and Innovation Agency, Frederico Lacerda, the Director of the Sports Department, Thiago Soares, and the Head of International Relations, Rodolpho Feijo. The meetings were organized by Nelson Bucker, collaborator in the International Office and Ohio State supporter.

Opportunities of exchanges and collaborations were discussed. Aparecido was able to visit Farois do Saber (Knowledge Lighthouse), which are small public libraries that also have computers, 3D printers and other technologies, where children and anyone from the community can become creators. Local students presented and showed games and robots they had created with the support of their school teachers. Their project was awarded support from Lemann Foundation and MIT Media Lab.

If you want to know more about Columbus and Curitiba collaborations and opportunities, check the sister cities website.

Six Ohio State undergraduate students were in Brazil from November 16-23 to participate in the University of São Paulo’s (USP) International Symposium of Undergraduate Research (SIICUSP).

SIICUSP is an annual event in which undergraduate students communicate the results of their research projects, developed at USP or other universities. It helps students improve their academic research skills and fosters the interaction of researchers from different areas and levels in order to promote collaboration and multidisciplinary research.

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On November 26, Dennis Hirsch, professor of law and director of the program on data and governance at Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law, attended the Information Society and Law Conference, at United Metropolitan Colleges (Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas - FMU) in São Paulo, where he gave a presentation on personal data protection, comparing data and environmental issues, to an audience of FMU students, alumni and faculty.

Attendees found it interesting to hear the topic from an environmental law perspective. Hirsch’s research interests lie at the intersection of governance theory and information privacy law and he has written extensively in this area.

The presentation was delivered online, “which makes complete sense given the conference’s topic,” said Bruno Bioni, FMU alumnus and attorney, who performed simultaneous translation during the presentation.