Sustainable Development Action Lab Project Example
Health and Environmental Challenges in Urban Nepal
(Siddharthanagar Municipalty, Western Nepal)
Citizen Science Approach to Monitoring of Water quality, Air quality, and Urban Eco-systems
Question: What is a Sustainable Development Action Lab (SDAL)?
Answer: It is a three-step interdisciplinary learning process that is being developed as pilot experiments
[Fall 2016: Econ 451/551; Spring 2017: Econ 409 & Fall 2017: Econ 395/595]
• Analyze: Analyzing the real-world data from the ground.
• Deliberate: Collaboratively work with other students (graduate and undergraduate) 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. Or join the Himalayan Study Abroad Program and travel to Nepal to implement it.
For SDAL Brochure, cick here
Econ 395/595: Problem-based Learning: Health & Environment in Urban Nepal
(Analytical Approach to Problem Solving)
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: email@example.com)
ECON 395/595 Course Flyer Click here
ECON 395/595 Course Syllabus Click here
A Winter-break Himalayan Study Abroad Program
: Click here
Two Main Objectives
. 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
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or the co-leader of the programn Michael Benjamin Goodwin (email@example.com).
A Visual Eco-adventure Tour Outline of the Himalayan Study Abroad Program:
Kathmandu capital city:
Landing and departure and some sight seeing
Cable car ride across the Trishuli Rive and up to a mountain top.
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.
Hill-top nature hike
through singing forest.
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
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
Original Arsenic Research Project Site Click here
Spring 2017 Undergraduate Research Highlights
Econ 409: Groundwater Arsenic Hazard and Women’s Health in Two Villages in Nepal
Instructor: Professor Alok K. Bohara; GA: Niraj Khatiwada
Group 1: Awareness to Mitigation: The Impact of Public Awareness Initiatives on Water Filter Adoption
DeShawn Vaughan, Andrew McCants, and Wen Lee
Group 2: Arsenic Anticipation: A Perceived Problem and Preventive Solution
Nick Howard, Justin Richardson, and Yaowen Xu
Group 3: Arsenic Levels, Indoor Pollution, and Frequency of Hospital Visits in Nawalparasi and Rupandehi
Group 4: Water Is Life but Leads to Arsenicosis: The Effect of Arsenic Found in Wells on Women’s Arsenicosis in Nepal
Aaron Montano, Jesus Vazquez, and Samriti Jain
Maxwell Walla, Carrie Adair, and Jonathan Lee
Problem-driven research, research-driven solutions: Groundwater Arsenic and Women's Health
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
Original Water Quality Research Project Site Click here
Fall 2016 Undergraduate Research Highlights
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
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
Interventions Mopnitoring Water Quality and Hand Washing