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NSC Lecture Series at NSC-UNM's KU Branch Office in Kathmandu

We welcome Himalayan bound scholars from anywhere and of any nationality to share their research work with the scholarly community in the region. Based on the local scholarly interest and the relevance of scholarly topics, NSC-UNM's branch office and our Kathmandu based institutional partners (e.g., Kathmandu University) and other affiliated scholars and institutions will do their best to organize such seminars in Kathmandu.
Seminar and Roundtable Discussion: spatial model and impact analysis
Dr. Doleswar Bhandari, Research Scientist II, BBER, University of New Mexico

Seminar organizers:
Nepal Study Center (UNM) at KU and Kathmandu University School of Management, KU

Seminar venue: Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) Pinchhe Tole, Sasatancha, Balkumari, Lalitpur, Nepal P.O. Box: 6250, Kathmandu Tel: 5548891, 5544078; Fax: 977-1-5533814 E-mail:

Seminar Coordinators: Mr. Sabin Pant (Faculty, KUSOM), Dr. Mani Nepal (SANDEE, ICIMOD), and Dr. Ghanshyam Gautam (KUSOM and NSC affiliated scholar and freelance consultant)

Seminar date and time: (Tentative: June2-June 8, or July 5th or 6th 2010, Time: to be decided)

Session I: A Spatial Econometric Model of the Korean Economy
(1 - 1.5 hour)

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Abstract: When a new plant locates in a certain Gun/Couty, policy makers are interested in knowing the answers to several questions.  What happens in the local labor market (e.g., economically active workers or out- and in-commuting?  What happens in the housing market?  How will local public expenditures and revenues be impacted by the changes?  Most past research has focused on a single market or at best two (local finance and labor market) to estimate these impacts.  In addition, the current and future fortunes of many local communities are often impacted by changes outside the local area.  Therefore, accounting for spatial interactions among neighboring communities is an important feature of this study.
Session II: Follow-up Roundtable Discussion: Understanding Economic Impact Analysis
(1-1.5 hours)

Following the seminar, interested scholars and students are welcome to continue the conversation with Dr. Bhandari to learn about how to carry out impact analysis in a wide range of fields --health/telehealth, tax incentive, industrial revenue bonds etc. He will discuss various issues such as methods, tools, data limitations, and bridging the gap between research and practical policy implications. This informal roundtable session will be beneficial to those who would like to understand the concept of impact analysis and how to use it in policy making setting. If interested, Dr. Bhandari will also discuss some of the latest tools such as IMPLAN policy simulation tool.

Visiting scholar's short biography:

Dr Doleswar Bhandari

Dr. Doleswar Bhandari has been working at the University of New Mexico's (UNM) Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) since July 2008. His research focus has been economic impact analysis, economic modeling, statistical analysis and health related studies. Before joining BBER, Dr. Bhandari earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, Columbia. His dissertation research analyzed the impact of spatial interactions between Missouri counties on the local labor, housing and public goods markets. Mr. Bhandari obtained a master's degree in Agricultural Economics from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge in 2003. Before joining the master's program, he worked for nine years in various community development programs in Nepal.

Exploring Telehealth Medicine Linkages between Kathmandu University and University of New Mexico
Dr. Dale Alverson, Professor and Director of Telemedicine Center, School of Medicine, UNM

Visit Organizers:
Nepal Study Center at UNM helped facilitate the visit by Dr. Dale Alverson to strengthen the MOU link between UNM and KU

March 11th-12th, 2010

On March 11th, Dr. Alverson visited the KU's Dhulikhel hospital and attended a brief presentation by Dr. Biraj Karmacharya about the outreach programs of Dhulikhel Hospital and the possibilities of telemedicine in the existing program structure. It was followed by a brief meeting with Dr. Ram and Dr. Koju. The evening reception was attended by the Vice Chancellor (Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma), Registrar (Prof. Bhadra Man Tuladhar), Dean of Faculty of Science (Prof. Panna Thapa), Dean of Student Affairs (Prof. Sanjay Nath Khanal), Dr. Ram, Dr. Koju, other faculties from KUSMS and also visiting faculties from Norway, Holland, England and Germany.

On March 12th, Dr. Alverson's program began with a twilight jogging with Dr. Ram at 5AM. Dr Alverson did a presentation on ‘Telemedicine’ in the morning conference and elaborated his experience of Latin America. Thereafter, he had special meeting with the faculties of Department of Gyanecology and Obstetrics and Department of Pediatrics, which, gave an overall perspective of our rural health program in relation to maternal and child health and also the possibilities of telemedicine.

This was followed by a brief tour of KU main campus and the meeting with the VC, registrar and Prof. Khanal. The VC and the Registrar briefed Dr. Alverson about the history and the principles of the KU and also did shed light on the rural health issues in relation to telemedicine.

NSC also set up a meeting between Dr. Alverson and the Health Ministry officials, including the Health Minister. In addition, Dr. Alverson also visited the NSC's KU branch center at the School of Management complex in Balkumari, and met with several scholars. He also had interactions with many other hospitals, doctors, and policy makers.

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Visiting scholar's short biography:
Dr Dale Alverson
Dr. Alverson is a Professor of Pediatrics and Regents Professor on faculty at the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine. Since 1995, he has been the Medical Director of the Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research at the University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center. In that role, he has been involved in the planning, implementation, research and evaluation of Telemedicine systems for New Mexico, primarily serving its rural communities using information technologies, videoconferencing and the internet to provide access to clinical services and health education. He is Project Coordinator of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rural Health Care Pilot Program; Southwest Telehealth Access Grid, serving New Mexico, Arizona and the Southwest IHS Area Offices, funded at $15.5 million. He is on the Board of the New Mexico Telehealth Alliance that provides a platform for public-private collaboration and formation of a Telehealth network of networks in the state. Appointed by the Governor as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Telehealth and Health Information Technology Commission. In 2007, the UNM Center for Telehealth was given the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) President's Institutional Award for its efforts in advancing telehealth locally, nationally, and internationally. On a national level, Dr. Alverson is President of ATA. He is a founder and prior chairman of the Four Corners Telehealth Consortium addressing regional interstate coordination between Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico.

Benefit Estimates and Water Quality in Bagmati River
Hari Katuwal, PhD Candidate, Department of Economics, Universioty of New Mexico

Seminar coordinator:
Professor Virginia E. O'Leary, Visiting Professor, Kathmandu University

Seminar date and time: July 2009

Research focus group venue: NSC-UNM branch at KU

Session I: Students' and Faculties' Research Commitment in Eastern and Western Universities

Abstract: Hari Katuwal shared his 5 years of graduate student life experience with the fellow graduate students and faculty members at KU. In particular, he compared and contrasted research activities in the two types of university environments. He highlighted the importance of research activities and publication to be a successful scholar.

Session II: From Term Paper to Field Survey: Research Experience in Kathmandu

Abstract: Hari Katuwal developed a term paper into a full blown research proposal and carried a household survey (1200). He shared his experience in carrying out a full research design: proposal writing, sample design, survey instruments, focus group. He also shared some of his preliminary results with KU's faculty and graduate students. The topic of research was "Assissing Public Preferences and Estimating Benefit of Improving Quality of Water in Bagmati".

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Mr. Hari Katuwal is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of New Mexico. His field is environmental economics and natural resources. His publication record includes --welfare impact of biogas, treatment behavior of drinking water in Kathmandu. Currently, he is working on research to assess the public attitude and behavior towards river health. He is also working on a project to estimate the benefit of improving the quality of water in Bagmati.


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