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UNDERGRADUATE GLOBAL RESEARCH INITIATIVE
Using Interdisciplinary Problem Solving Tools from
Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities

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Problem-based Learning Using Data Analytics

Sustainable Development Action Lab
Nepal Study Center, University of New Mexico
Department of Economics


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Urban Health and Environmental Challenges
(Siddharthanagar Municipalty, Western Nepal)
Water, Air, and Ecology
Danda Riparian  Range Photos

A THREE-STEP LEARNING APPROACH

Analyze: Analyzing the real-world data from the ground.

Deliberate: Collaboratively work with other students in an interdisciplinary fashion to offer practical solutions:
sustainable technologies, awareness curricular interventions, citizen science methods, riparian habitat conservation designs or evidence-based public policy prescriptions.

Implement: If interested, help the student club/group in their effort to implement some of the solutions on the ground in collaboration with our international partners.




Fall 2017
Econ 395: Problem-based Learning: Health & Environment in Urban Nepal
(Analytical Approach to Problem Solving)
FALL 2017: ECON 395 (3 credits)



Instructor: Professor Alok K. Bohara, Department of Economics; T,THR, 11:00-12:15PM, Room 1004 (Limited computer lab seating available)
Prerequisite: Stat 145 and motivation to learn. (For registration and override, contact Dr. Bohara: bohara@unm.edu
)

ECON 395 Course Flyer Click here
ECON 395 Course Syllabus Click here


A Winter-break Himalayan Study Abroad Program

Program Brochure
: Click here

Two Main Objectives:
Objective A. Launching of a pilot Citizen Science Environmental Monitoring Program in urban town of Siddharthanagar, Nepal as a part of the community-engaged service and research learning:
1. Water quality monitoring (main focus, along the line of the New Mexico's BEMP project),
2. Air quality monitoring (trial run), and
3. Setting the groundwork for an urban wildlife refuge concept by the Danda River (pilot exploration, along the line of Valle del Oro)
Objective B. Sustainable Development Tour of the surrounding hill communities (Explore: Madhane Community Health Center, organic farming experiments, nature hikes, and eco-tourism prospects. A tentative Lumbini Sustainable Tour Outline).

Note:
The study abroad program is optional with a limited seating capacity. The program outline is tentative and still evolving. It is being developed in collaboration with our international local partner PNMF's
Lumbini Center for Sustainability (LCS). research platform.
Interested students should write to Professor Alok K. Bohara (bohara@unm.edu) and/or the co-leader of the programn Michael Benjamin Goodwin (mbengoodwin@unm.edu).


A Visual Eco-adventure Tour Outline of the Himalayan Study Abroad Program:

Kathmandu capital city: Landing and departure and some sight seeing
Manakamana Hill: Cable car ride across the Trishuli Rive and up to a mountain top.
Siddharhanagar: Engage in citizen science pilot projects such as the long-term water and air quality monitoring; and scope out the future Urban Wildlife Refuge sites along the Danda River.
Lumbini and Kapilvastu: 650 BC World Heritage cultural sites visit (birthplace of Buddha).
Madhane Community Health Center: Explore sustainable development projects such as, health care and hygiene, organic farming experiments, and clean stove; Arubindo Ashram spiritual eco-adventure and bio-diversity tour and experience.
Tamghas Valley: Hill-top nature hike through singing forest.
Ridi: Kali Gandaki River valley and canyon trip.
Chitwan National Park: Elephant ride to observe rhinos and tigers, if lucky

Printable version of map: click here
Study Abroad Collaborator and the Citizen Science Project Platforms: A non-profit local organization PNMF, its college campus, and its international research platform LCS.


HimalayanStudyAbroadMap


Sandhikharka
Hill Community



Undergraduate Research-related Resources

Crowdfunding Undergraduate Research: Click here
On-Campus Undergradute Research Funding Opportunities: UNM McNair Scholarships
Off-campus Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunities: NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate NSF-STEM

UNM STEM Programs: UNM STEM Programs and Activities
Council on Undergraduate Research: Click here

Service Learning Examples and Resources: EPA's resources UNM RSLP UNM LTER UNM Social Media Group
Citizen Science: Scientific American




Spring 2017

Econ 409: Groundwater Arsenic Hazard and Women’s Health in Two Villages in Nepal
Applied Econometrics
Instructor: Professor Alok K. Bohara; GA: Niraj Khatiwada

Original Arsenic Research Project Site Click here


Spring 2017 Undergraduate Research Highlights

Group 1: Awareness to Mitigation: The Impact of Public Awareness Initiatives on Water Filter Adoption
DeShawn Vaughan, Andrew McCants, and Wen Lee

Research Poster

Group 2: Arsenic Anticipation: A Perceived Problem and Preventive Solution
Nick Howard, Justin Richardson, and Yaowen Xu

Research Poster

Group 3: Arsenic Levels, Indoor Pollution, and Frequency of Hospital Visits in Nawalparasi and Rupandehi
Aaron Montano, Jesus Vazquez, and Samriti Jain

Research Poster

Group 4: Water Is Life but Leads to Arsenicosis: The Effect of Arsenic Found in Wells on Women’s Arsenicosis in Nepal
Maxwell Walla, Carrie Adair, and Jonathan Lee

Research Poster

Problem-driven research, research-driven solutions: Groundwater Arsenic and Women's Health

Econ 309 PhotoCeramicKanchanSono NawalparasiArsenicArea
Image Source: Ceramic, Kanchan, and Sono
FILTER SYSTEMS | WATER IS LIFE. (n.d.). Retrieved May 9, 2017, from http://waterislife.com/clean-water/filter-systems
Ngai, T., Dangol, B., Murcott, S., & Shrestha, R. R. (2006). Kanchan arsenic filter. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO), Kathmandu, Nepal. Retrieved from https://www.bu.edu/sph/files/2016/02/KAF-booklet-2nd-edition-final-Jan06.pdf Schematic diagram of Sono filter. (n.d.). Retrieved May 9, 2017, from http://www.irinnews.org/photo/200801109/schematic-diagram-sono-filter

Fall 2016
(Pilot)

Econ 451/551: Water Quality, Public Health, Sanitation, and Bio-diversity: Building a Long Term Citizen Science Program
Instructor: Dr. Alok K. Bohara
Graduate student mentors: Samrat Kunwar (TA), Soumi Roy Chowdhury, Siobhan Yilmaz, Muhammad Adnan Shahid, and Veeshan Rayamajhee (doctoral students)
Undergraduate students: Biraj Rawal (Engineering), Dianna Spilca (Biology & Political Science), May Souriyanyong (Economics), DeShawn Vaughan (Economics


Original Water Quality Research Project Site Click here


Fall 2016 Undergraduate Research Highlights
Final Research Report, Scientific Data Gathering Protocol: Click here

Problem-driven research, research-driven solutions: Waterborne Diseases, Public Awareness, Urban Eco-systems and Citizen Science

Econ 451/551 Photo WaterMonitering HandWashing Siddharthanagar
Image Source: Interventions Mopnitoring Water Quality and Hand Washing
http://www.amrclearinghouse.org/Sub/WATERmonitoring/
http://www.dailykos.com

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