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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2006

Wright State Receives Grant for International Education

DAYTON, OHIO-- A new program for student and faculty exchange in the biomedical sciences between Brazil and the United States was recently announced by the U.S. Department of Education. Locally, Wright State University and Central State University are program partners.

A consortium of educational institutions in each country has received a four-year grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). The goal is to provide student interchange: U.S. students studying in Brazil and Brazilian students in the U.S. The focus will be on students in the sciences with courses tailored to their individual programs and a practical research experience. Other aspects of the program will include cultural activities and development of language skills in Portuguese. The goal is to prepare students for their stay in a foreign country.

"In this grant proposal, Wright State was able to demonstrate its success in international programming and in training of under-represented minority students in research," explains Mariana Morris, Ph.D., professor and chair of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Khalid Elased, R.Ph., Ph.D., will lead the Wright State program, and Willie Houston, Ph.D., will lead Central State's program. "Because the global scientific community is becoming more integrated through both technology and travel," says Elased, "we believe it is important to increase the numbers of minority students in these research apprenticeship programs."

Under the direction of Debra Diz, Ph.D, the lead U.S. partner is Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They will partner with Wright State University and two historically Black institutions: Central State University and Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. In Brazil, the lead institution is the Federal University of Minas Gerais with secondary partners, the University of São Paulo (InCor Heart Institute), Federal University of Rio Grande Do Sul, and São Judas Tadeu College.