Os candidatos selecionados foram a Doutora Amanda Franco, Doutor João Silva, Doutor Nuno Bernardes, Doutor Nuno Mira e o Doutor Claudino Ferreira para a Bolsa Fulbright/Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua para Professores e Investigadores Doutorados.


Veja abaixo os projetos que cada um destes bolseiros irá desenvolver nos EUA.

Desejamos aos novos Fulbrighters muito boa sorte e bons resultados!


Dr. Amanda Franco – Education

Dr. Franco will stay 9 months at the North Carolina State University at Raleigh, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

To answer to the question “How can CT go beyond campus and be used in the real world?” her proposed project aims: to further analyze the current concept of critical thinking (CT), and to discuss the synergies between CT and global citizenship education (GCE); to develop students’ skill and will to think critically about real current societal issues, and to enhance students’ inclination to take critical action in their daily lives; to support faculty, in the context of faculty development, in learning and implementing strategies oriented to the deliberate, explicit, and systematic promotion of their students’ CT about real current societal issues, in the specific framework of GCE.


Dr. João Silva – Physics

Dr. Silva will be at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for 3.5 months.

His project is dedicated to the study of the effects of externally and internally applied pressure on multifunctional materials, in particular on the R5(Si,Ge)4 family of compounds – worldwide known for being a topclass of magnetic refrigerants. There is a great lack of understanding on how high-pressures, affect their magnetic and structural properties. Hence, his plan is to apply high-pressures via two approaches: externally, with high-pressure cells applied on macroscopic R5(Si,Ge)4 and internally, by nanostructuring. The vast set of advanced materials characterization techniques of ORNL will be critical to unveil new properties arising under these conditions.


Dr. Nuno Bernardes – Biology

Dr. Bernardes will spend 4 months at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

His Project Proposal states: In cancer cells, the glycome is distinct from that on non-cancer cells, affecting the functionality of many overexpressed membrane oncogenes. This project will use advanced microscopy-based biophysical approaches to determine and quantify the molecular determinants involved in protein-glycan interactions between azurin(s) and brain cancer cells. This will make use of giant plasma membrane vesicles (GPMVs) originated from cell lines and primary brain tumor cells. The characterization of these interactions will foster the development nano-delivery systems like nanoparticles and exosomes engineered to surface display azurins and azurins-derived peptides to improve brain tumor treatments.


Dr. Nuno Mira – Biology

Dr. Mira will be at the MIT, in Cambridge, Massachusetts for 5 months.

In his project it is aimed to implement, together with a highly experienced research group at MIT led by Prof. Kristala Prather Jones, the implementation of new-to-nature pathways for microbial production of two add-value chemicals, metacrylic acid and methylmetacrylic acid. Up to now there are no biological routes for the production of these chemicals and in order to tackle that a synthetic biology approach will be used to identify enzymes that could mediate this.


Dr. Claudino Ferreira – Sociology

Dr. Ferreira will spend 4 months at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco California.

His research will address two main related topics: 1) the role of community-oriented arts organizations and projects in the empowerment, qualification, and social integration of cultural minorities and socially deprived groups and communities; 2) the processes of festivalization of culture and cities.

His main objective is to carry out theoretical, methodological and empirical research on these two topics and to work on an innovative approach to the social and educational role of community-oriented arts practices and to processes of festivalization, based on concepts developed at CIIS: social creativity, integrative transdisciplinary and evolutionary learning.