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Brazil Initiative

Fall 2013 Brazil Initiative Collaboration Grants Awarded

February 9, 2014

The recipients of the Brazil Initiative Collaboration Grants from the fall 2013 funding cycle were announced in February. The winners were:

  • Johnny Guzm├ín, Caroline Klivans and Govind Menon from the Division of Applied Mathematics, collaborating with Brazilian mathematicians from the National Laboratory for Scientific Computing and the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Christopher Neill from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and director of the Brown-Marine Biological Laboratory Partnership, collaborating with the Amazon Environmental Research Institute at Tanguro Ranch to conduct research on deforestation, agriculture and climate in the Amazon rainforest.
  • Amy Nunn, from the Medical School and the School of Public Health, collaborating with the Federal University of Bahia and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation on research on disparities in HIV/AIDS care among vulnerable minorities, sexual, gender and other, in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro and opportunities for partnerships to include faculty, undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from Brown and Brazil both.
  • Wolfgang Peti from the Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology, collaborating with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro on a project that involves training in the use of structural biology equipment in Brazil and research to help fight infection-causing bacteria in soil and wetland environments found in Brazil and across the rest of the world.
  • See-Chen Ying, Jay Tang, and Derek Stein from the Department of Physics, collaborating with the Brazilian National Space Research Institute on the use of nanotubes for new discoveries on the transport of DNA and filamenous viruses.