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About this Project

Comparative Environmental Issues - Diverse Study Solutions is a four-year project between the partner colleges of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), and the Universidade de Brasilia (UnB). The exchange program is distinctive in its focus on "tropical to temperate" curriculum and in its collaboration, providing science students an opportunity for first-hand field experience in a comparative and inter-disciplinary context, and in its geographic focus defined by specific environmental zones to develop region-to-region expertise.

Project Goals
  1. Broaden students' environmental field experience and comparative understanding of tropical (Brazil) and temperate (U.S.) natural, political, and cultural settings.
  2. Provide a context for focused curricular study on how environmental issues are defined, analyzed, and addressed in different contexts.
  3. Establish new student-faculty collaborations in the enhancement of course work and field work distinctive to the natural settings of the host institutions.
  4. Establish faculty-to-faculty collaboration on the design of innovative, inquiry-based environmental field experiences, data-driven modules, and course materials.
The program will provide special opportunities to explore the interaction among environmental resources, agriculture, and the push for bio-fuels and other alternative energy sources.

Strategies
Approaches to Research and Learning about the Environment: A Three-Day Workshop in Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Workshop Goals
Possible Environmental Themes for the Workshop



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