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One week, four cities

Heitor Shimizu

Brito Cruz in the auditorium of the Wilson Center in Washington, DC: new prospects for cooperationHeitor Shimizu

FAPESP Week 2012 was held October 17 – 24, 2012 in four North American cities in order to announce the findings of research underway as a result of FAPESP cooperation agreements with North American universities, and to explore prospects for new agreements.  At MIT, Professor Vanderlei Bagnato of the University of São Paulo (USP) presented his study on atomic fluids conducted in cooperation with the team of Wolfgang Ketterle, director of the MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms and winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics.  At the same Cambridge event, Professor José Arana Varela of the Chemistry Institute of Unesp Araraquara and CEO of the Executive Board of FAPESP, presented the latest advances in his studies on nanometric scale semiconductors used as gas sensors for environmental control and monitoring, conducted in collaboration with Harry Tuller of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT.  The agreement between FAPESP and the University of Toronto has resulted in research projects that were presented to the public in areas such as techniques for soil and water recovery, assessment of the impact of using exercise to treat respiratory diseases, and brain stimulation as a treatment for depression.  At Harvard University, Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, FAPESP scientific director, met with several department directors to negotiate possible future agreements.  It was with this same objective that he visited West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.  At the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, co-sponsor of the event, Brito and Varela held meetings with administrators of federal public science policy and federal research funding agencies to expand its relationship with these institutions.