Rector of Brazilian university meets with President Drake, CFAES leadership

Maria Lucia Cavalli Neder, rector of the Federal University of Mato Grosso in Cuiaba, Brazil, earlier this month met with Michael V. Drake, president of The Ohio State University. Rector is a position similar to president.

She also met with Lonnie King, interim vice president and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, as a guest of Rattan Lal, director of Ohio State’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center and Distinguished University Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Neder was here to strengthen teaching and research collaborations between her university and Ohio State, particularly in the areas of soils and natural resources, education, and medicine.

Neder has led Mato Grosso since 2008 and also serves as president of Brazil’s National Association of Directors of Federal Institutions of Higher Education. More than 34,000 students attend her university, which includes campuses in five cities.

Her visit followed a series of lectures on carbon sequestration given by Lal at Mato Grosso over a two-week period in June.

“They’ve expressed interest in student and faculty exchanges and strengthening research on soil carbon, soil health, climate change mitigation, and adaptation and conservation agriculture,” Lal said.