Fulbright Specialist Program Grantees 2018


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Dr. Keshav Bhattarai

Professor/Geography Coordinator, School of Environmental Physical & Applied Sciences, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri

Project: Enhancing the Capacity of Tribhuvan University Faculties in Urban Planning
Field: Urban Planning
Host Institution: Center for International Relations, Tribhuvan University and Tribhuvan University Central Department of Geography

Dr. Keshav Bhattarai, Professor/Geography Coordinator in the School of Environmental Physical & Applied Sciences at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri, is currently in Nepal on a Fulbright Specialist grant from June 21-July 30, 2018.  He is Nepal at the invitation of the Centre for International Relations at Tribhuvan University.  Welcome Dr. Bhattarai!

Here is a brief overview of his work in his own words:

I feel good working in Nepal.  Between June 20 and July 30, 2018, I plan to advance my ongoing urban planning studies in Nepal. I am especially interested in helping to develop the concept of “smart cities” as inspired by many elected representatives of various municipalities of the Federal Republic of Nepal.  I plan to discuss the concept of “smart city” with academicians, urban planners, elected representatives, and other stakeholders involved in urban planning. According to various government sources, Nepal has planned to create new 40 modern cities along the corridors of Mid Hill Highways and Tarai Postal Highway, and in the Inner Tarai region, and promoting at least ten cities into smart cities while accommodating around 100,000 people in each city with all the ingredients of “smart city”. During my stay in Nepal, I aim to develop guidelines how to gather real time information and assist the Central Department of Geography (CDG) at Tribhuvan University. During my two days of discussion with faculty colleagues at CDG, I found strong interest in developing a manual how to build real time database by involving various stakeholders, and include such concept in the curriculum. Despite various shortcomings of many logistic facilities needed to develop real time data, the enthusiasm seen among faculty members and students at CDG is very encouraging. I look forward working with such an encouraging body of faculty members and students. Many of the students are engaged in urban planning and have real world knowledge. Their insights will be very helpful in documenting steps needed to develop real time database in the midst of various logistic hurdles. As the proverb goes “where there is will there is a way,” innovative faculty colleagues and students are the great sources of inspiration to overcome hurdles and achieve the goals.  Look forward in actively engaging in the urban planning initiatives of CDG which aims to provide a leading role in urban planning initiatives in Nepal both from philosophical and technical aspects.

Steven Folmar 

Project Title: “Strengthening Capacity of Nepali Researchers on Research”
Field: Sociology
Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies Kathmandu Center

Dr. Steve Folmar is in Nepal conducting Academic Research Workshops through the Fulbright Specialist Program.  He is here by invitation from the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies Kathmandu Research Center and the Dignity Initiative.  Dr. Folmar has been conducting ethnographic research in Nepal since 1979.  His most recent project investigated the effects of the 2015 Earthquake on the mental health of adolescents in Lamjung.  He is currently chair of the Department of Anthropology at Wake Forest University and a member of the Executive Council of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies.  His Fulbright Specialist grant is from June 6-July 29, 2018.  Welcome Dr. Folmar!

Robert William Malloy

Project: “Undergraduate and Graduate Dental Curricula Development”
Field: Education
Host: Kathmandu University

Dr. Malloy is an American Board of Orthodontics Board-Certified Orthodontist from the United States with 24 years of experience.  He is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and the orthodontic residency program at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health at the University of Rochester. 

Prior to attending dental school, Dr. Malloy was a high school biology teacher in Louisville, Kentucky. He then served as a volunteer in the United States Peace Corps in Western Samoa. After graduating dental school, Dr. Malloy worked as a Dental Officer in the U. S. Public Health Service on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.  He practiced orthodontics in Bozeman, Montana for 15 years. Currently, he is the Clinical Director of the Orthodontic Program at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health at the University of Rochester. Dr. Malloy is married to Denise and has two sons, Max and Sam, who are currently students at the University of Montana.

Dr. Robert Malloy, is currently in Nepal as a Fulbright Specialist to do trainings and build capacity on dental education at Dhulikhel Hospital (Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences).  He will be in Dhulikhel from August 3-24, 2018.  His Fulbright Specialist project title is: “Undergraduate and Graduate Dental Curricula Development.”

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