Understanding the Rainforest Area Colleges Share Professor's Knowledge of Brazil Forestry

By Jader, Gwen H. | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), May 10, 2005 | Go to article overview

Understanding the Rainforest Area Colleges Share Professor's Knowledge of Brazil Forestry


Jader, Gwen H., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Gwen H. Jader Daily Herald Correspondent

Brazilian native and Fulbright scholar Ederson Zanetti likes downtown Chicago, the enthusiasm of junior high students and even President George W. Bush.

A guest faculty member at the College of Lake County and William Rainey Harper College in Palatine through May 21, Zanetti is an environmental scientist with research interests in sustainable forestry and ecological land use alternatives in tropical areas.

He has been sharing his knowledge of forestry with students in junior high schools, high schools, junior colleges, universities and members of the community.

"I always thought America was a great place. I would like to have Mr. Bush as president," Zanetti said.

Zanetti grew up in Cuiaba and is an instructor at the Federal University of Mato Grosso. With a background in tropical forestry, his passion is to develop new approaches to using the Amazon.

"I believe it is possible to for people to live within the forest and to keep biodiversity at the same time," he said.

The United States Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946 as a step toward building international cooperation. Since its establishment, more than 42,000 Americans and 158,000 citizens from other countries have participated.

"In general, Fulbright scholars are a valuable asset to any educational institution," said Michelle Carter, the coordinator of international education for the College of Lake County.

"The great thing about having Eder Zanetti visit the College of Lake County was his ability to breathe life and interest into his areas of expertise - Brazil and its rainforests. …

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