On his new book “A universidade e seu compromisso com a sociedade” (Reflections on higher education: The university and its commitment to society (in free translation)), Marcelo Knobel through a series of articles and papers published over a decade reflects on his experiences with higher education in Brazil and Latin America. Knobel, former dean of the University of Campinas, is an alumnus visiting scholar and dear friend of the Lemann Center at Stanford. The book is available in Portuguese.
Em seu novo livro “Reflexões Sobre Educação Superior: A Universidade E Seu Compromisso Com a Sociedade”, Marcelo Knobel, por meio de uma série de artigos e papers publicados ao longo de uma década, reflete sobre sua experiências com educação superior no Brasil e na América Latina. Knobel, ex-reitor da Universidade de Campinas, foi pesquisador visitante e é amigo estimado do Lemann Center de Stanford.
Este livro reúne 40 textos do Prof. Dr. Marcelo Knobel, publicados ao longo de dez anos e que foram atualizados e comentados exclusivamente para esta obra. Aqui, a educação superior no Brasil e na América Latina é discutida a partir de textos variados, que vão de cartas a manifestos, passando por artigos de opinião e discursos realizados em diferentes contextos. Por causa dessa característica, a discussão posta não apenas toca questões dos momentos em que os textos foram escritos, como também traz reflexões para o que há de mais atual na gestão de universidades e do ensino superior como um todo.
É um livro essencial para aqueles que se preocupam com o passado, o presente e o futuro da Educação.
About the author
Marcelo Knobel is the Executive Director of the Brazilian National Nanotechnology Laboratory (LNNano), Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM). He is also Full Professor in the Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute (IFGW), University of Campinas (Unicamp). His research interests are in the field of magnetism and magnetic materials in the popularization of science and technology and in higher education.
He has published more than 250 articles in international journals and 15 book chapters; He presented 80+ invited seminars in several institutions and 50+ invited talks at international conferences. His scientific papers have received more than 6,500 citations in the literature. Knobel coordinated the Creativity Development Center and was the Executive Director of the Exploratory Science Museum - Unicamp. He was a member of the Advisory Committee on Physics and Astronomy (CNPq) and was a member of the Physics Coordination (FAPESP). He was Young Affiliate of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), received the "Young Scientist Prize" of TWAS-ROLAC (2007), and Commander of the Order of Scientific Merit (2010) of the Brazilian Presidency. He was Vice-President of Undergraduate Programs at Unicamp (2009-2013), where he was responsible for the implementation of the Interdisciplinary Higher Education Program (PROFIS), which combines social inclusion with general education, for which he received the Peter Muranyí Prize in Education (2013). He obtained an honorable mention in Mercosur Science and Technology Award 2015 (category Integration) for the NanoAventura project.
Knobel is an Eisenhower Fellow (2007), Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2009) and Lemann Fellow (2015). He is General Secretary of the Brazilian Society of Physics (SBF). He is a Special Advisor to the Scientific Director for Scientific Collaborations (FAPESP). He is editor of the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (Elsevier) and Scientific Reports (Nature). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Ciência & Cultura magazine of the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science (SBPC).