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Background

Education:

Post-Doc Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University (summer, 1992); Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

Ph.D. from University of Missouri at Kansas City (1990). Community Psychology, minor in Counseling; GPA: 4.00/4.00

M.S. from Missouri State University (1985). Guidance and Counseling; GPA: 4.00/4.00

B.A. from Missouri State University (1983). Psychology, minors in Biology and Philosophy; overall GPA: 3.56/4.00

Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Portuguese is spoken throughout Brazil, a country about half the size of South America and larger than the continental U.S. I was born and raised in Rio, which is often called the "marvelous city" due to its striking beauty. Rio, located in southeastern Brazil, will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. It has a population of about 12 million people (called "Cariocas"). Cariocas are well known for their care-free attitude and sensuality. Gender roles in Rio are flexible, especially during "Carnival" (Brazilian Mardi Gras). The picture below is from the district of Ipanema, which inspired the song, "The girl from Ipanema."

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Family

Parents: J. E. DeSouza (deceased) & Marilda Moliterni.

I am an only child. My father was a commander in the Brazilian Navy. My mother lives in the city of Rio de Janeiro. She is now retired, but she was a secretary for an insurance company. Below is a picture of us in front of Gloria Church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2011.

Pets

I had a dog, named Mack, and a cat named Speedy. Now I volunteer at the Humane Society of McLean County.

Hobbies

I often go to the movies, the theater (go see Spring Awakening; it is a great play), and symphonies (Powell Hall in St. Louis is great!). I participate in some sports (tennis, biking, and hiking). I also like the daily little pleasures of reading newspapers and books at coffee houses and taking long walks.

Travels

I love to travel! During 2013, I visited Washington, D.C., and Hawaii. I often go to nearby cities (e.g., Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis) to partake of cultural events and dining out (I love good food!).

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
--St. Augustine

This site was revised on August 8, 2013.

 


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