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Update 4/7

posted Apr 8, 2010, 5:12 PM by Ethan Shirley
Alô a todos!

Pantanal Partnership is approaching lift-off - architecture drawings are complete for Pantanal Center for Education and Research (see attached), water and energy systems are being incorporated, and we have plane tickets!

And magically we have some funding - we won the Davis Project for Peace and have $10,000 towards construction of the facility and installation of the solar power system. Construction is also partially funded by the United Auto Workers' Keeping the Dream Alive generous donation of $5000.  Travel for the team is partially covered through an International Institute Fellowship Grant, Honors research grants, and possible funding from the engineering and architecture schools. And our Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates team will join us in construction of PCER from from mid-June to mid-July. 

The team has been working hard to hammer out all the details, and we are having one last rally before we leave for the summer to make sure we have all the resources, materials, and supplies to build PCER. We are close to our goal with $20,200 of the needed $27,500 to construct PCER and install the utilities. The architecture and engineering schools along with the Honors Program will announce funding towards mid or end of April, and our projection is that will put us roughly at $25,200. Every bit is significant. If you would like to donate, details are below. 

Please make checks payable to:
University of Michigan

Memo line: Pantanal Partnership

And mail to:
Dr. Wessel Walker
University of Michigan Honors Program
1330 Mason Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 4

Ethan will be giving a talk in Ann Arbor on May 5th about the Brazilian Pantanal and PCER. More details such as time and location to come. 

Thank you for all of your support over the past nine months - the gestation of PCER. We could not have done it without your collective advice, tips, and guidance. Look forward to on-the-ground photos (and hopefully video footage) of our progress starting end of May.

Muito obrigados and até logo!

Julie Bateman & Ethan Shirley
Pantanal Partnership