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Susan Melsop, associate professor in the Department of Design at Ohio State, was invited by the U.S. Consulate General in São Paulo to represent Ohio State and participate in Pixel Show 2016, the largest creative conference in Latin America. 

While at Pixel Show 2016, Melsop shared opportunities to study design and other creative areas at Ohio State and also reviewed students’ creative portfolios, providing them feedback on how to best present their work.

Melsop previously lived in Brazil during her junior high school years and is currently developing a service learning education abroad program focused on design-build teaching and social innovation. Her efforts in Brazil include developing research and teaching collaborations with Brazilian professors and institutions.

The Brazil Gateway joined Melsop at Pixel Show 2016 and will support the development of her education abroad program and her research collaborations.

Social media platforms, especially Twitter, often serve as outlets for people to express opinions and arguments when political turmoil occurs.

Since the Brazilian government first began charges of impeachment against President Dilma Rouseff in 2015, Brazilians have posted their feelings and opinions regarding the impeachment all over social media.

Experts from the Brazilian Federal University of ABC, Denise Goya, Ph.D., Fabrício de França, Ph.D., and Claudio Penteado, Ph.D., in political and computer science visited The Ohio State University to present and discuss a case study involving data collected and analyzed from Twitter regarding Rouseff’s impeachment.

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Luke Barbara, Brazil Gateway director, poses with Pimenta

Weber Pimenta, managing partner at Visagio, believes that Brazil’s economy will rebound within the next two years, overcoming the recent political unrest and the scandal involving Petrobras, one of the world’s largest energy producers. Pimenta visited Ohio State to discuss Brazil’s economy and political state of affairs, as well as to network with central Ohio professionals and the local Brazilian community. The event was hosted by the Fisher College of Business and the Brazil Gateway.

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