Office of Research FAPESP Week at UC Davis: Two-day event features speakers showcasing common research endeavors between UC Davis and Brazilian institutions - Office of Research

FAPESP Week at UC Davis: Two-day event features speakers showcasing common research endeavors between UC Davis and Brazilian institutions

November 20-21

The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), one of Brazil’s principal research funding agencies, will gather Brazilian and U.S. researchers as part of their FAPESP Week in California with a symposium hosted at UC Davis on November 20-21.

A delegation of more than thirty distinguished Brazilian researchers and representatives from FAPESP will travel to UC Davis after opening the week at UC Berkeley and meeting with leaders from the California Academy of Sciences and Exploratorium in San Francisco. Together with complementary speakers from UC Davis, they will address topics of common research interest and engage in discussions of opportunities for collaboration through research exchanges.  Session themes will include sustainable energies, environmental and marine sciences, agriculture, health, and social sciences and humanities.

The visit will also showcase an art exhibition, “Brazilian Nature: Mystery and Destiny”, displaying a taste of the biological wealth of the region and some of the scientific efforts to preserve it. The art exhibit will be available for viewing during the symposium on the second and third floors of the upper Mondavi Center lobby.

The UC Davis Offices of Research and Global Affairs extend a cordial invitation to this two-day event showcasing the common research endeavors between UC Davis and our esteemed Brazilian colleagues.

Event Details:

When: Thursday, November 20 – Friday, November 21

Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Program Day 1
8:30 – 10:15 FAPESP International Strategy
Chair: Interim Vice Provost Adrienne Martín (UC Davis)
UC Davis Provost Ralph Hexter and Vice Chancellor for Research Harris Lewin
FAPESP President Celso Lafer and Scientific Director Carlos Henrique de Brito Crux

10:30 – 11:45 Sustainable Energy Research
Chair: Bryan Jenkins (UC Davis)
Sonia Yeh and Ruihong Zhang (UC Davis), Marie-Anne Van Sluys (FAPESP)

1:45 – 3:00 Environmental and Marine Sciences
Chair: Mark Schwartz (UC Davis)
Rick Grosberg (UC Davis), Luciano Martins Verdade and Edmo Campos (FAPESP)

3:30 – 5:45 Agriculture and Food Research
Chair: Márcia Azanha Ferraz Dias de Moraes (FAPESP)
Richard Michelmore, Walter Léal, and Josette Lewis (UC Davis)
Paulo Mazzafera, Claudio Augusto Oller do Nascimento, and Bernadette D.G.M. Franco (FAPESP)

Program Day 2
9:00 – 10:20 Panel Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities in Collaborative Research:Brazil-USA & Industry-Academia
Chair: Associate Vice Chancellor Paul Dodd (UC Davis)
Cleve Justis, Associate Vice Chancellor Dushyant Pathak, and Ricardo H.R. Castro (UC Davis)
Hugo Borelli Resende and Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz (FAPESP)
Roxanne Duan (Medimmune)

10:30 – 12:25 Cancer and Inflammatory Disease Studies
Chair: Edgar Dutra Zanotto (FAPESP)
Luis Carvajal-Carmona and Bruce German (UC Davis)
Roger Chammas, Silvia R. Rogatto, and Licio Augusto Velloso (FAPESP)

1:45 – 3:05 Biomedical Science Research
Chair: Dean James Hildreth (UC Davis)
Julie Sutcliffe and Crystal Ripplinger (UC Davis)
Hernandes F. Carvalho and Rosana Bassani (FAPESP)

3:25 – 4:25 Social Sciences and Humanities
Chair: Euclides de Mesquita Neto (FAPESP)
Leopoldo Bernucci and Ann Stevens (UC Davis)
Fabio Akcelrud Durão (FAPESP)

4:25 – 5:25 Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Communication in Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Technology Scholarship
Chair: Euclides de Mesquita Neto (FAPESP)
Leopoldo Bernucci, Ann Stevens and Mario Biagioli (UC Davis)
Fabio Akcelrud Durão and Marta Arretche (FAPESP)


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This symposium is sponsored by the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), with support from the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.