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Luguetti C.,Santa Cecilia University | Luguetti C.,University of Ribeirão Preto | Oliver K.L.,New Mexico State University
Sport, Education and Society | Year: 2017

Activist research engages all participants as co-researchers in order to challenge the status quo in hopes of creating spaces in which they will actively participate in their education and feel responsible for their own and others’ learning. There are a number of challenges that researchers might face when engaging in activist research with co-researchers. In that sense, researchers must be open to multiple perspectives and critical attitudes in order to negotiate the challenges that arise in the process. This paper describes the challenges that the lead author faced in learning to become an activist researcher in a socially vulnerable sport context and how these challenges were negotiated. The lead author, supervised by the second author, conducted a six month activist research study in a soccer program in a socially and economically disadvantaged neighborhood in Brazil. Participants included two researchers (lead and second authors), 17 young people, four coaches, a pedagogic coordinator and a social worker as co-researchers. Multiple sources of data were collected, including 38 field journal/observations and audio records of: 18 youth work sessions, 16 coaches’ work sessions, three combined coaches and youth work sessions, and 37 meetings between the lead author and the second author. By using an activist approach four challenges were identified and negotiated: learning to become more comfortable with an activist approach, helping young people to articulate what they know and the researcher to see what they say, valuing co-researchers’ knowledge, and negotiating the culture of sport. We argue that challenges are essential, necessary and significant in an activist research project in order to transform ourselves as researchers and our relationship with others. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group


Cetra M.,Federal University of São Carlos | Petrere Junior M.,Santa Cecilia University | Barrella W.,Santa Cecilia University
Fisheries Management and Ecology | Year: 2017

Understanding the role of local and spatial factors in the structuring of aquatic communities is a goal in ecology. The hierarchical structure of stream systems provides opportunities to test the hypothesis that fish assemblages that are more isolated in headwaters are structured by local and/or regional variables. Fishes and abiotic data were collected in 18 stream reaches from two hydrographic basins in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest. The variance of species composition was partitioned into fractions explained by environmental and spatial factors. The pure environmental fraction explained ≈17% of variance and was represented by regional, habitat availability/heterogeneity and perturbation gradient. The pure spatial fraction explained ≈15% of the individual fraction. Environmental data revealed a species sorting process, and the spatial effect might be a result of different dispersal routes that fish performed during the formation of the hydrographic basins, actual land use and water resources management. The importance of maintaining connectivity in these systems was emphasised because it cannot be guaranteed that the dispersion ability of species is still occurring under current land use change. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


Dos Santos C.C.,Ibirapuera University | Santos E.L.,Santa Cecilia University | Goncalves F.,Ibirapuera University
Water Science and Technology: Water Supply | Year: 2017

Fluorosilicic acid is one of the main products used in water fluoridation. As a by-product of the phosphate fertilizer industry, it may contain contaminants that are harmful to human health. The aims of this study were to assess the quality control analysis of fluorosilicic acid; to detect the presence of contaminants, such as arsenic, lead, cadmium, aluminum, barium, strontium, cobalt, iron, and sulfur in fluorosilicic acid samples by using inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry; and to collect data for water analysis performed at a water treatment plant. The results show the presence of all contaminants mentioned previously, except for lead, in fluorosilicic acid samples from all sources. No quality control was carried out or required for this product at any time. Although the water analyses indicate the water is potable, there are no minimum safe limits for human consumption regarding carcinogenic elements such as cadmium and arsenic and both were detected and released in the water. Therefore, the purity of fluorosilicic acid used for water fluoridation should be required and monitored by public administrations to avoid long-term public health problems. © 2017 IWA Publishing.


Sakuragui M.M.,Federal University of São Carlos | Paulino M.G.,Federal University of São Carlos | Pereira C.D.S.,Federal University of São Paulo | Pereira C.D.S.,Santa Cecilia University | And 3 more authors.
Environmental Pollution | Year: 2013

This study investigated the relationship between contaminant body burden and the oxidative stress status of the gills and livers of two wild fish species in the Furnas Hydroelectric Power Station (HPS) reservoir (Minas Gerais, Brazil). Gills and livers presented similar pathways of metals and organochlorine bioaccumulation. During June, organochlorines were associated with lipid peroxidation (LPO), indicating oxidative stress due to the inhibition of the antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase. In the most polluted areas, metal concentrations in the liver were associated with metallothionein. During December, contaminants in the gills and liver were associated with catalase activity and LPO. Aldrin/dieldrin was the contaminant most associated with oxidative damage in the livers of both species. This integrated approach shed light on the relationship between adverse biological effects and bioaccumulation of contaminants inputted by intensive agricultural practices and proved to be a suitable tool for assessing the environmental quality of man-made reservoirs. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Tonietto A.E.,Federal University of São Carlos | Lombardi A.T.,Federal University of São Carlos | Henriques Vieira A.A.,Federal University of São Carlos | Parrish C.C.,Memorial University of Newfoundland | And 2 more authors.
Water Research | Year: 2014

Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii is a cosmopolitan and potentially toxic planktonic Cyanobacteria that produces and exudes copious amounts of dissolved organic materials. This organism dominates the eutrophic reservoir Barra Bonita (Brazil), where it normally blooms throughout the year. This investigation focused on the characterization of such exudates analyzing their capacity to complex copper, zinc, lead and cadmium through the determination of ligand concentration (CL) and conditional stability constant (logK'ML), as well as elemental composition (C, H, N and S), the content of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and dissolved organic carbon (DOC). The dissolved organic material was fractionated into 3 molecular weights (>30kDa; 30-10kDa; 10-3kDa) and each fraction was analyzed. The results showed that in the >30kDa and 30-10kDa fractions carbohydrates dominate over proteins and lipids. Different CL and logK'ML were obtained for the different molecular weight fractions of the excreted organic materials, suggesting high diversity of ligands. In the >30kDa, there were more complexing sites (CL) for Cu, but higher affinity (K') for Zn. In the 30-10kDa fraction, the higher CL was for Cd, but the greatest affinities were for Cu and Zn. In the 10-3kDa fraction, higher CL was obtained for Cd and Zn, while Cu and Cd had the highest strengths of association. In the environment, such diversity of ligands and strengths of association can result in a displacement of metals weakly bound to the EOM, and increase metal buffering capacity of the environment, supporting higher metal inputs before toxic effects are detected in the biota. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.


Oliveira G.D.,Santa Cecilia University | Marinho M.M.F.,University of Sao Paulo
Zootaxa | Year: 2016

Moenkhausia abyss is herein described from the rio Amazonas basin lowlands. The new species can be distinguished from the congeners by presenting the combination of the following characters: a dark blotch located on the upper caudal-fin lobe and the lower lobe hyaline, 25-29 branched anal-fin rays, humeral spot rectangular, vertically oriented, extending horizontally through two or two and a half scales and located over the third to the fifth lateral line scales, five longitudinal scale rows above the lateral line, predorsal scales arranged in a single not interrupted median row and 30-34 perforated lateral line scales. Brief comments on Moenkhausia megalops are provided. Copyright © 2016 Magnolia Press.


Vaske Junior T.,Santa Cecilia University | Rotundo M.M.,Santa Cecilia University | Rotundo M.M.,University of Sao Paulo
Pan-American Journal of Aquatic Sciences | Year: 2012

Fifteen specimens of the pelagic stingray, Pteroplatytrygon violacea were caught in depth between 9 and 50 m off São Paulo State coast, among them the largest recorded size in nature with 90 cm disk width.


Valadao Vicente S.J.,University of Sao Paulo | Ishimoto E.Y.,University of Sao Paulo | Cruz R.J.,University of Sao Paulo | Seabra Pereira C.D.,Santa Cecilia University | Torres E.A.F.D.S.,University of Sao Paulo
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry | Year: 2011

This study evaluated the acute effect of the administration of coffee brew in the activity of phase II antioxidant enzymes in the hepatic tissue of rats. A single dose of this beverage increased the activity of the enzymes SOD, CAT, and GPx; the maximum increase occurred 1 h after administration (19.1, 22.1, and 25.1%, respectively). These changes were statistically significant (p < 0.05), the response was shown to be dose-dependent (p < 0.05), and the return to basal levels took >4 h from the intervention, suggesting a long-term effect. The total antioxidant capacity of the hepatic tissue also exhibited a peak 1 h after the intervention (6.5%), but the increase was not statistically significant and the response was not dose-dependent due to the low exposure to coffee. These results indicate that coffee increases the activities of antioxidant enzymes, improving protection against oxidative stress. © 2011 American Chemical Society.


Vicente S.J.V.,Santa Cecilia University | Ishimoto E.Y.,University of Sao Paulo | Torres E.A.F.S.,University of Sao Paulo
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry | Year: 2014

This study investigated the effect of a 28 day administration of coffee brew on the activity of antioxidant enzymes in rats. After this period of 2.0 mL/day dosages of this beverage, the activities of hepatic superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase increased 74.8, 59.4, and 135.2%, respectively, whereas the cytosolic level of Nrf2 increased 131.3%. At the same time, the total antioxidant capacity of the hepatic tissue increased 25.1%, improving the defensive status against oxidative stress. At the end of the experiment, the levels of biomarkers alanine transaminase and aspartate transaminase remained equal to the control group, and no changes were observed in the hepatic histoarchiteture of the animals, suggesting that the liver tissue was not impaired by the exposure to coffee. The changes in enzyme activities and antioxidant capacity were statistically significant (p < 0.05), indicating that coffee could be considered an important alternative against oxidative stress and its correlated degenerative diseases. © 2013 American Chemical Society.


Silvano R.A.M.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Silvano R.A.M.,Santa Cecilia University | Begossi A.,Santa Cecilia University | Begossi A.,University of Campinas
Neotropical Ichthyology | Year: 2012

We analyzed fishermen's local ecological knowledge (LEK) about the feeding habits, trophic interactions, habitats, fishing grounds, migration, and reproduction of nine coastal fishes in Búzios Island, southeastern Brazilian coast. We interviewed 39 fishermen using standardized questionnaires. Fishermen's LEK on habitat use and trophic interactions for the studied fishes agreed with the scientific literature, allowing the organization of reef and pelagic food webs. The interviewed fishermen mentioned that submerged rock formations would be important habitats for some large commercial fishes, such as Seriola spp., Caranx latus and Epinephelus marginatus. In some instances there was no scientific data to be compared with fishermen's LEK, and thus this kind of knowledge would be the only available source of information, such as for reproduction and migration of most of the studied fishes. We suggest herein ways to apply fishermen's LEK to develop and improve fisheries management measures, such as zoning of marine space, marine protected areas, and closed fishing seasons. Fishermen's LEK may be an important and feasible support to fisheries management and co-management. © 2012 Sociedade Brasileira de Ictiologia.

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