President Signs First
Global Laboratory Partnerships
President Deborah F. Stanley traveled to the fast-developing
northeastern region of Brazil
in June to sign three agreements that
establish the first in Oswego’s
planned world-spanning network of global laboratories.
The network is a key component of the college’s new Possibility Scholarship program, which assists talented
students in the sciences with tuition, room and board and provides hands-on
research and international learning experiences. The first four
Possibility Scholars are due to enroll in the fall.
The agreements signed June 18 in a ceremony at the
Alagoas governor’s palace in Maceio are with the
Federal University of Alagoas, Federal University of Paraiba in Joao Pessoa and the state
“What we embark on today has the potential to change the way
that young scientists are educated and the way that challenging world problems
are solved in the 21st century,” Stanley
said at the signing ceremony. “These new partnerships will strengthen
relationships between scientists from each of our nations for the purpose of
developing the next generation of highly skilled, globally engaged scientists.”
The Federal University of Alagoas and Federal University of
Paraiba in Joao Pessoa
are research universities enrolling 16,000 and 26,000 students, respectively.
The agreements with the universities will allow for student and faculty
exchanges and research collaborations as well as the global laboratories.
The umbrella agreement with the state of Alagoas allows Oswego to enter
partnerships with any university in the state.
“The state-level agreement with Alagoas signifies their
commitment to training global scientists prepared to meet the complex problems
we face in our world,” said Lorrie Clemo, deputy to the president and chief of
Conversations with the Alagoas secretary of science,
technology and innovation began last November when a delegation from SUNY
Oswego visited several federal universities to examine laboratory facilities
and the scope of research being conducted in northeastern Brazil.
“Impressed with what we saw and the enthusiasm expressed by Brazilian faculty
and government officials, we selected several universities as sites for the
global labs,” Clemo said.
Present for the signing in addition to Stanley were Clemo;
Michael Stanley; Cleane Medeiros of Oswego’s biological sciences faculty; Mark Baum ’81, chair of the development committee of the Oswego
College Foundation board of directors; and about 30 Brazilian dignitaries
including the vice governor of the state of Alagoas and heads of the two
Separately while in Brazil, Stanley signed a global laboratory
agreement with the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sol, where
Medeiros works with researchers charting the ecological future of the Pantanal
region. Medeiros has led groups of Oswego students to this sensitive
wetlands area for three years, giving them hands-on experience studying
the region’s diverse flora and fauna.
— Julie Harrison Blissert
President Deborah F. Stanley addresses a group including Oswego College Foundation Board of Directors Development Committee Chair Mark Baum (fourth from front left) gathered for
the signing of the agreements on Oswego’s global
laboratories June 18 in Maceio,
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