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Faculty Involved: UNM

Dale Alverson, MD
Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research
Health Sciences Center
University of New Mexico

Dr. Alverson is a Pediatrician, Professor and Regents Professor on faculty at the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine, specializing in the field of Neonatology. He serves as the Medical Director of the Telemedicine Program, Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research at the University of New Mexico. In that role, he has been involved in the planning, implementation, research and evaluation of a Telemedicine system for New Mexico, primarily serving its rural communities, building upon collaborative alliances. He is also Chair of the New Mexico Telehealth Alliance that provides a platform for public-private collaboration and formation of a Telehealth “network of networks” and has been appointed by the Governor as a commissioner to the New Mexico Telehealth Commission. Currently, he is also working on development of international cooperative telehealth initiatives, particularly in Latin America. He is currently working on a telemedicine/telesalud project on the Rio Napo in Ecuador involving boats outfitted as clinics. This project is with the Universidad Equinoccial in Quito, and ISTEC at UNM (the Ibero-American Science and Technology Education Consortium).
Dale Alverson

Alok K. Bohara, PhD
Department of Economics
Nepal Study Center
University of New Mexico

Alok K. Bohara is a Professor of Economics and founding director of the Nepal Study Center at UNM. He received his MA and PhD in economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has a Masters in statistics from Trubhuvan University, Nepal. His research interests are in areas such as environmental valuation; health; poverty; habitat modeling; polarization; economic impact analysis; socio-economic consequences of economic and non-economic shocks; development issues, and GIS interface in policy modeling. He has been involved in several NSF grants. His current effort deals with developing a global scholarly network to facilitate knowledge sharing on policy issues on topics such as environment, natural resources, health, poverty, and sustainability among the scholars with interest on the Himalayan region and the countries in South Asia.
Alok K/ Bohara

William Fleming, PhD
Associate Professor
Urban and Regional Planning
University of New Mexico

Bill Fleming received a PhD in Civil Engineering from University of British Columbia, an MS from Colorado State University in Watershed Management, and a BA in Geology from Dartmouth College. Since 1993 Dr. Fleming has taught environmental planning, with a specialty in watershed management, at the School of Architecture and Planning. As a Fulbright Scholar in 1995, Dr. Fleming initiated collaboration with the Escuela Politecnica Nacional, Ecuador, to model environmental impacts of a propose reservoir and to develop watershed restoration plans. His professional practice has been as a hydrologist, environmental engineer, researcher, and scientist in private and public organizations. Bill has published plans for natural resources management in the US and abroad.
Bill Fleming

Kristine Grimsrud, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
University of New Mexico

Dr. Grimsrud received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and an M.S. in Statistics from Washington State University. She has been a faculty member in the Department of Economics at University of New Mexico since 2003. Her research interests lie within the areas of natural resource economics and environmental economics, and applied econometrics. She has done research on the economics of genetic resistance to genetically modified plants,and consumer preferences for genetically modified food in multiple countries. Her Nepal related work has focused on the effect of household balance of power on child education outcomes.   Future Nepal related work will be related to natural resource degradation and the effects for human well-being in the Katmandu valley. As a highschool student in Norway, Dr. Grimsrud did extensive hiking around the Lantang area.
Kristine Grimsrud

Basia Irland, PhD
Department of Arts and Art History
University of New Mexico

Basia Irland creates international water projects that are featured in her book, Water Library, published by the University of New Mexico Press, 2007. Irland, a University of New Mexico Full Professor (and founder of “Arts and Ecology” in the College of Fine Arts) often works with scholars from diverse disciplines creating rain-water harvesting systems; community projects along lengths of rivers; and waterborne disease projects around the world, most recently in Ethiopia, Egypt and India. Basia is the recipient of over forty grants including a Senior Fulbright Research Award for Southeast Asia, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship Grant, and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Grant. She has produced 5 video documentaries, had 27 one-person international exhibitions, and participated in hundreds of group shows. Essays about her work have been included in books published in Germany, Switzerland, and the U.S. Her art is in collections around the world.
Basia irland

Sylvia Rodriguez, PhD
Department of Anthropology
University of New Mexico

Rodriguez is Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, where she has been a faculty member since 1988, having previously taught at Carleton College and at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Barnard College (Columbia University) and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. In 1996–7 she held UNM’s Snead-Wertheim Endowed Lectureship in Anthropology and History. Her book The Matachines Dance: Ritual Symbolism and Interethnic Relations in the Rio Grande Valley was published by UNM Press in 1996. In 1997 it received both the Chicago Folklore Prize and the Border Regional Library Association’s Southwest Book Award. Her latest book is Acequia: Water-Sharing, Sanctity, and Space, published in 2006 by the School for Advanced Research Press, Santa Fe. In 2007 Prof. Rodriguez was the recipient of a UNM Faculty Research Acknowledgement Award.
Sylvia Rodriguez

Christine Sauer, PhD
International Studies Institute
Department of Economics

Christine Sauer is a Professor of Economics at the University of New Mexico. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University (USA) and a B.A. in Economics from Kiel University (Germany). Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of macroeconomics, international trade and finance, economics of monetary integration, and money and banking. She has served as the program director of European Studies and the interim director of the International Studies Institute at UNM for several years. She has also been involved in establishing a new UNM study abroad program for undergraduates at a historic castle near Duesseldorf, Germany, which will start in Summer 2008.
Christine Sauer

Jennifer Thacher, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
University of New Mexico

Jennifer Thacher is an Assistant Professor of economics at the University of New Mexico. She received her PhD from the University of Colorado in environmental economics. Her research focuses on modeling and estimating preferences, primarily over environmental goods and health states. She has expertise in survey methods, particularly choice experiments. Current work focuses on invasive weed management, water utility infrastructure investments, ecosystem services values in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, and Southwestern forests.
Jenn Thacher

Collaborating Partners in Nepal: People

Mark Zimmerman, MD
Box 8975; EPC 1813
Executive Director
Nick Simons Institute
Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur Nepal
Mark Zimmerman is an American internist who has worked in Nepal for 20 years, initially as a clinician and now in public health. He is a Director of Nick Simons Institute, a charity organization working to enhance health care in rural Nepal. Along with its interventional programs, NSI conducts research into human resources of health.
Mark Zimmerman MD
Ms. Urmila Shrestha
Patan Business and Professional Women
Kathmandu, Nepal
Ms. Urmila Shrestha has an MA in economics from Tribuvan University. She currently serves as president of Patan Business and Professional Women (BPW Patan). BPW Patan works with the’s people-people micro finance program to provide micro credit to women entrepreneurs in Lalitpur and Kathmandu Districts of Nepal. She has worked in the Nepal Bank Ltd, a commercial bank of Nepal, in various capacities.
Urmila Shrestha

Ms. Shubhechchha Thapa
Friends of the Bagmati



Shubhechchha Thapa has an MSc in Environmental Science from Tribhuvan University (TU), Kathmandu, Nepal. She works as a coordinator for the Friends of the Bagmati (FOB). FOB is a platform where people from different walks of life come together through their common concern and their wish to restore the environment of the Bagmati River and other rivers of the Kathmandu Valley. This organization was launched in November 2000 with the collaboration of the World Wildlife Fund and the Alliance of Religions for Conservation (ARC). It was inaugurated by Prince Philip during the celebration of “Sacred Gifts for a Living Planet”. FOB has been carrying out various awareness related activities with a mission "to reverse the degradation of the Bagmati River".
Shubhechchha Thapa FOB
Sanu Kaji Shrestha
P.O. Box 10776
Foundation for Sustainable Technologies (FoST)
Galkopakha, Thamel,

Sanu Kaji Shrestha has an MA in economics from the Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. He is president of a non-profit organization, Foundation for Sustainable Technologies (FoST). The main objectives of the FoST are to design, develop and promote environment-friendly and easily applicable sustainable technologies for the poor rural communities in Nepal for improving their livelihood. He has served as intern at various international organizations. In collaboration with the University of Colorado, he recently traveled to Afghanistan to organize a workshop on fuel briquette making.

Sanu K. Shrestha

Collaborating Partners in Nepal: Institutions

> Kathmandu University, university partner in Nepal
> Nick Simons Institute, Nepal
> Foundation for Sustainable Technologies (FOST), Nepal
> Kiva-Nepal: Patan Business and Professional Women

> Environment Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA)
> Kathmandu Participatory River Monitoring (KAPRIMO): A Model for South Asia
> Friends of the Bagmati

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