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Brazil Gateway News

João Pedro CarvalhoClose to 23 new undergraduate and graduate students and visiting scholars will be arriving on campus this autumn semester.

We would love to introduce some of these new Brazilian Buckeyes to our community. In this edition you will learn a bit more about João Pedro Carvalho, who will pursue his MBA full time at the Fisher College of Business.

Carvalho majored in advertising and worked across several industries that included: technology (digital startup accelerator), automobile manufacturing (fire truck dealer), consulting (full service design agency) and education (bilingual program for schools). He is the co-founder of a not-for profit venture that was created to support underprivileged children from poor communities in his hometown through sports and education. See video.

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Luke Barbara

After four years of dedicated service, Luke Barbara has resigned as director of the Brazil Gateway. Barbara’s connections in Brazil and his knowledge of Ohio State were instrumental in launching the Brazil Gateway in 2014. His guidance will be missed as he leaves to pursue his new career path. His last day with the Brazil Gateway was August 8.

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Beatriz Schmidt

Schmidt is a postdoctoral researcher in psychology at the Federal University of Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil, who spent one semester at Ohio State.

I spent one semester as a visiting scholar linked to the Human Development and Family Science Program at The Ohio State University, and it was such a wonderful experience! I had the opportunity to develop great work with my faculty sponsor, Professor Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, PhD. We discussed data pertaining to my dissertation, regarding co-parenting across the transition to parenthood in Brazilian families. In co-authorship with my PhD advisor in Brazil, Professor Piccinini, we wrote articles and presented posters in scientific events held at Ohio State, like the International Scholar Research Exposition and the Education and Human Ecology Student Research Forum (you can see Professor Schoppe-Sullivan and me in the picture at one of these events). Shortly after I returned to Brazil, I successfully defended my PhD dissertation. I was also awarded a scholarship for a postdoctoral internship in psychology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, which is enabling us to continue such a productive and enjoyable collaborative endeavor amongst the research groups in Brazil and the United States.

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