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CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT 

Spelling Brasil the Brazilian Way

| Rice University  | Houston, Texas

ects. Here you need to submit proposals and follow
whatever your grant contract says." Vajtai had just
received word from a sister journal of Nature that
it was publishing the teams' latest findings. "These
guys are motivated, knowledgeable, and very diligent," said Vajtai, who added that his department is
open to the possibility of dual doctoral degrees.

The Brasil@Rice initiative-spelled with an 's' as the
Brazilians do-has created "a new way of looking
at international on our campus," said Baker. It also
provides an extra level of attention for Brazilian students and scholars during their stay in Houston. The
initiative is managed by Mayra Onuchic, who is, in
McClendon's words, "the mother figure for all the
History Leads the Way
Brazilian students." She and husband José Onuchic-
Most notably, the history departments at Rice and
both Brazilian by birth-are masters of one of Rice's Physics Professor Jose Onuchic UNICAMP created a dual doctoral degree proBrazilian researchers
11 residential colleges. He is a prominent physicist, brings
gram in 2012. Brazilian graduate student Ludmila
to his National Science
member of the National Academy of Sciences, and Foundation-funded lab
de Souza Maia was the first to avail herself of that
codirector of Rice's Center for Theoretical Biologiopportunity, spending 2012-2013 at Rice and now,
cal Physics, which seeks to advance cancer research
back in Brazil, finishing a dissertation that will earn
with breakthroughs in physics. Doctoral students
her two doctorates in spring 2016. "I felt very special
and postdocs from Brazil regularly work in his Naat Rice. I was very spoiled. I got a lot
tional Science Foundation-funded lab. He is also a
of attention and had the whole department helplinchpin in a partnership with the University of São
ing me," said Maia. Rice provided a travel grant for
Paulo in which the two universities jointly administer
her research in Paris archives on nineteenthcentury
and share use of an IBM Blue Gene supercomputer.
Brazilian and French women writers, and sent her
"We both use the supercomputer remotely," said
to Latin America studies conferences in Illinois and
Onuchic. "For me it's 10 miles, for them 4,000, but
New Mexico. The first Rice doctoral student is now
for the guys doing the job, that doesn't make any difstudying at UNICAMP, and each institution has apference. The research is synergized by our working
proved second candidates.
together. I'd like to see this become the bedrock that
The chair of Rice's history department, Alida
connects our two universities."
Metcalf,
collaborated with UNICAM history proUNICAMP history professor
There are other components to the bedrock. Silvia Lara says it took 18
fessor Silvia Hunold Lara to create that dual degree,
Robert Vajtai, a nanotechnology researcher, is months to clear administrative which Rice's Faculty Senate approved in November
hurdles for the new dual
working with graduate students and faculty from degree program
2012. They had strong support from the top. The
Universidade Estadual de Campinas (University of
presidents of the two universities had each visited
Campinas or UNICAMP) in the state of São Paulo on novel ways to the other's campus and signed partnership agreements. Metcalf and
nanoengineer graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon, to store Lara shared a common interest in the history of the Atlantic slave
energy. One advantage of working with the Brazilian researchers, he trade, a strength of both departments. Nonetheless, "it took a year
said, "is that they have much more freedom to select interesting proj- and a half working with our lawyers and bureaucratic staff to put
our ideas on paper. It's not easy," said Lara.
Doctoral candidates complete coursework at their home campus-
including advanced study of Portuguese for the U.S. students-then
spend a year at the other school before returning home to write a
dissertation in their native language and a lengthy abstract in the other
tongue, with Metcalf and Lara as coadvisers. "It's complicated having
two advisers on a dissertation," said Metcalf, who spent part of her
childhood in Latin America, but going down this path "exposes them
at a much more sophisticated level to the way in which history is written in two different countries." And the preparation will give newly
minted historians distinct advantages in applying for professorships
"in the global academic environment that we are living nowadays," said
Lovett Hall, the main administration building
Lara, who has been a visiting scholar at U.S. and French universities.
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Frontlines
In Brief
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Collaborating with Africa
Rice University Finds a Natural Partner in Brazil
Virginia Commonwealth University Students Live and Learn Engagement
At Wake Forest University, Intercultural Skills Start with Faculty
Foreign Student Affairs
In Focus
Going Social
Advice from the Field
Using Social Media to Recruit Chinese Students
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