Texas A&M Entomology professor Dr. Cecilia Tamborindeguy spent the second week in December helping members of the State University of Maringá plan the future for its post-graduate Agronomy program during a special workshop meeting at the university from December 9-12.
During her visit, Tamborindeguy gave a two-day course on Tools to Study Vector-Borne Plant Diseases in Maringá, she also gave a seminar on the study of plant-psyllids-Liberibacter interactions in the Umuarama Campus.
Finally, Tamborindeguy spoke about her research and what she does at the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M and shared some insights about her research and her experiences being a faculty member. She also talked about the challenges she faces working in an academic setting.
The workshop was held to help come up with written degree plans that masters and doctorate level students in the program can follow, with the finished product to be submitted to the State Superintendent of Science, Technology, and Higher Education in the Brazilian State of Paraná at a later date.
Some of the other speakers at the workshop included CEO of Paranaense Institute of Technical Assistance and Rural Extension, Natalino Avance de Souza, and PGA coordinator Marcos Rafael Nanni and PGA adjunct coordinator William de Carvalho Nunes.
“I have been working with Dr. Nunes for 5 years. As part of this collaboration Angelica Frias spent 6 month in my lab and we plan to continue our collaboration,” Tamborindeguy said. “Both universities are keen in increasing the international impact of our programs. These efforts enrich our students and allow them to have a global perspective of the importance of their research.”
Tamborindeguy said that all the participants enjoyed the workshop.
“I was very well-received and the students were invested in the class and came in great numbers to the seminar,” she said.