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New Mexico State University


International Conference on

“National Development: Opportunities and Challenges for the Diaspora”

Saturday, March 22, 2014

O'Donnell Hall, NMSU Campus

Funding provided by:

Associated Students of New Mexico State University, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Arts and Sciences Council, Graduate School, International and Border Programs, BA Techno Links Corporation, Breign Infotech, All Time Tax.

NeSA NMSU presents:

Keynote Speaker


Dr. Ambika P. Adhikari is a Program Manager (Research) at Arizona State University (ASU). He is also a Senior Sustainability Scientist at ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability and a Faculty Associate at School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. Dr. Adhikari received his Doctorate in Urban Planning from Harvard University (1990), and obtained postgraduate degrees and fellowships (SPURS Fellow, 1987) at MIT and University of Hawaii (Master of Architecture, 1980). He worked as a Senior Planner in Arizona and Program Manager for international projects at DPRA in Toronto and Washington DC. He was a Nepal Country Representative of the Switzerland-based IUCN; International Union for Conservation of Nature from 1997-2000. He has published several books and articles in international and national journals. Currently, Dr. Adhikari is a Patron of NRNA, an organization of the global Nepali Diaspora.

Special Guest Speaker


Dr. Megha N. Parajulee currently serves as Cotton Entomology Project Leader and Professor at Texas A&M University System AgriLife Research Cotton Entomology Program in Lubbock. Dr. Parajulee is native of Gorkha, Nepal. He received his BSc (Ag.) from Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, Solan, India (1987), and Master of Science (1991) and PhD (1994) in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has extensive research experience and expertise in ecology and population dynamics modeling of arthropod pests. He was awarded Texas A&M Vice Chancellor's Award in Research Excellence (2009) and Texas AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow Award (2010), and Texas A&M University System Regents Fellow Award (2011).

Guest Speaker


Dr. Doleshwor 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.

Schedule of Events:

08:00-09:00 Registration

09:00-09:40 Opening session

09:00-09:10 Preparation and proceeding to the conference hall

09:10-09:25 Speech by Graduate school Dean Interim, Dr. Loui Reyes

09:25-09:35 Welcome speech by NeSA Advisor, Dr. Ram N Acharya

09:35-09:40 Welcome speech by NeSA president Rishi Sapkota

Session I (09:40-12:00) (Morning Session)

09:40-10:00 Sanjay Timilsina, (UTEP).

                      Comparative Structural Analysis of Phospholipase A2 and Combinatorial Screening of PLA2 Inhibitors

10:00-10:20 Valeria Aguirre Holguin, (NMSU).

                      The pivotal role of mathematical definitions in the constructions of proofs

10:20-10:40 Sarvesh Dip Dhakal, (UTEP).

                      Moisture Susceptibility of Asphalt Concrete

10:40-11:00 Bishnu H. Dhakal*, Rajesh K. Patti, James W. Herndon (NMSU).

                     Study of the 1, 7-hydride shift in the preparation of alkylidenepthalans through the coupling of Fischer                       carbene complexes with o-alkynyl carbonyl system

11:00-11:20 Zheng Wei, (NMSU).

                      How to Explain the Definition of Stochastic Affiliation to Economics

11:20-11:40 Rishi Sapkota, (NMSU).

                      Vancomycin, the last resort of antibiotic

11:40-12:00 Gaurav Thapa, (NMSU).

                      Exploring The Possibility of Bus Rapid Transit In The Urban Core of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Session II (12:00- 13:00)(Lunch Break/Posters)

                     Voice Against Cancer Representative (NMSU). Reducing Cancer burden globally: An initiative of NMSU                      Voice Against Cancer organization

                     Julio Urendra, (NMSU). Algorithmic Aspects of the Embedding Problem

                     Lokendra Paudel, (NMSU). Kronecker Function Rings of Ring Extensions

Session III (13:00p- 14:20) (Afternoon Session)

13:00-13:20 Roshani Rajbanshi, (NMSU).

                      Vector Borne Disease-Kala Azar (Visceral Leishmaniasis) in Nepal

13:20-13:40 Desh R Sonyok, (NMSU).

                      Evolutionary Physiology as a Deductive-Nomological Model of Corruption Behavior

13:40-14:00 Pradip R Aryal*, Lokendra Paudel, Deepak Basyal (NMSU).

                     An Initiation: Religious Model of Nepal

14:00-14:10 Coffee Break

14:10-14:40 Guest Speaker: Dr. Doleshwor Bhandari, (UNM).

                      Why happiness matters?

14:40-15:15 Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Megha N Parajulee, (Texas A&M).

                     Fulbright Experience in Agriculture Research, Teaching, and Outreach in Nepal: Opportunity                   for Fostering Collaborative Linkages

15:15-16:00 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ambika P Adhikari, (ASU).

                      National Development: Challenges and opportunities for Diaspora

16:00-16:15 Felicitation to Speakers

16:15-16:20 Closing Remarks

NMSU: New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM; UTEP: University of Texas, El Paso, TX; UNM: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; Texas A&M- Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; Texas Tech: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX; ASU: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.


The NeSA would like to thank the Graduate School Dean Interim, Dr. Loui Reyes, and the head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Graduate School, International Border Program, Campus Activities, and College of Education for their support. Special thanks to the faculty, staffs and the students and the presenters who have tirelessly worked in making the sixth NeSA NMSU International Conference a success. We could have not done it without you.

Join us for dinner at East Ballroom, Corbett Student Union at 04:30pm

Organizing Committee:

1. Deepak Basyal (Program Coordinator and Director of Academic Committee)

2. Deepak Subedi

3. Desh Raj Sonyok

4. Lekha N Adhikari

5. Lokendra Paudel

6. Pradip R Aryal