Environmental expert to join faculty as Fulbright professor

Nick Mehendale

Environmental expert Oswaldo dos Santo Lucon will join the UT faculty in the spring semester as a Fulbright Visiting Professor in environmental sciences and policy. Lucon is a professor at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and a member of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations-based organization that analyzes contemporary knowledge of climate change’s effects on the environment and populations. “He has a lot of experience at the governmental policy level,” said assistant architecture professor Fernando Lara. “We can do all the research we want, but none of it will be effective until we turn it into public policies. That is the point where the U.S. is frozen. [Lucon] will help to change that.” As part of the Fulbright Visiting Professor Program, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies will cohost one professorship annually along with another college or school at the University for five years. The School of Architecture will cohost Lucon. The School of Law, Jackson School of Geosciences, McCombs School of Business and the College of Liberal Arts will also participate in the program.