As noted in the news release, this month’s visit represents a deepening of ties between the Peruvian university and UW-Green since the schools’ leaders signed a partnership agreement in 2009.
Among the collaborations: Prof. Diana Miranda Ynga and Prof. Steven Kimball, Education, are completing a series of bilingual books for young readers. With text in both Spanish and English, each book is intended for use in a learning-to-read curriculum, but the content is also topical and science-related so that children learn reading skills but also develop awareness, for example, of environmental issues in Peru.
UW-Green Bay professors including Derryl Block (Nursing), John Stoll (Public and Environmental Affairs), Kevin Fermanich (Natural Sciences) and Kimball in recent years have made visits to Tumbes. A joint online course in nursing and special teleconferences have created a “virtual travel course” and afforded students at either end a chance to better understand each other’s cultural perspectives, healthcare practices and related issues.
In earlier years, former NAS faculty members Bud Harris and Jack Day traveled to Peru, and the joint UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College International Visiting Scholars Program brought scientists from Peru to Wisconsin.