Mushtaq Memon

Dr. Mushtaq Memon is professor emeritus at Washington State U, Courtesy Prof at U of FL and vice president-Livestock of WE-Empower, a US-based NGO.  Dr. Memon has a first-hand experience of Nepali animal-agriculture as he was a Volunteer/Consultant under USAID’s Farmer–To–Farmer Program to assist in dairy cow health problems at Janaki Milk Producers Cooperative in Jyamirya, Chitwan, Nepal during Jan – Feb 2001.  Dr. Memon is a specialist in Theriogenology (Veterinary Reproduction), received veterinary education in Pakistan, Ph.D. in Theriogenology from Univ of Minnesota, and residency training in food animal medicine & surgery from the University of Illinois.  Prof Memon has taught for 35 years at veterinary colleges of Washington State, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Tufts University in the United States.  He is author of more than 120 publications in refereed journals, conference proceedings and book chapters.

Dr. Memon is Fulbright Specialist and internationally recognized scholar and has traveled to more than 25 countries as a visiting professor, consultant, or volunteer.  His recent consultant assignment was sponsored by USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems, Univ of Florida The assignment was ‘Strengthening animal reproduction (Theriogenology) education and hands-on training for human and institutional capacity building in Cambodia’,  Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Royal Agriculture University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 12-23, 2018.

Prof Memon’s upcoming visits to Nepal as a Fulbright Specialist during 2022 involve assisting Agriculture and Forestry University,  to strengthen its veterinary education programs offered at Rampur campus; offer continuing education to members of Nepal Veterinary Association in Katmandu, and provide training to smallholder goat farmers and to members of the Federation of Woman Entrepreneurs Associations of Nepal

Dr. Soni Mulmi Pradhanang

Dr. Soni Mulmi Pradhanang is an Associate Professor at the Department of Geosciences, Director of the Minor Program in Global Water Resources, and Chair of Wetlands and Watershed Ecosystem Sciences, Master of Environmental Management Program, University of Rhode Island. She has been a principal investigator of various US and international (South and Southeast Asia) research projects. Her research work ranges from the development and evaluation of hydrogeologic and water quality models, studying the fate and transport of nutrients and contaminants of emerging concern, innovative treatment technologies, and source water protection measures for informed decision making. She has authored and co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journals and book chapters and serves as the editor, guest editor of various journals in the field of water research. She has more than 15 years of experience in water quantity and quality studies in Asia and North America particularly focusing on the development and evaluation of innovative treatment technologies including floating wetland treatment systems, and monitoring and modeling of source water protection measures. 

Linda Austin

Communication and Journalism

Linda Austin is an award-winning editor and educator, schooled in instructional design and experienced in international teaching, online learning and curriculum development. She is the project director for NewsTrain, a journalism-training initiative sponsored by the nonprofit News Leaders Association.

Austin received a prestigious appointment as a Fulbright Scholar, the first to teach journalism in Burma, and a Luce Scholar, to report in Singapore. She also was a visiting professor in the Global Business Journalism Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and Semester at Sea, a floating university. As a Fulbright Specialist, she was a keynote speaker at an international media conference at Romania’s largest university, Babeș-Bolyai.

As a Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow at the University of Missouri, she developed the first course in digital journalism delivered via bite-size lessons on smartphones, known as mobile microlearning. Austin also led three local newsrooms — in Greensboro, North Carolina; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Lexington, Kentucky — to seven national and 41 state awards. She was a two-time Pulitzer Prize juror.

Austin earned a master’s degree in educational technology from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism with highest honors from the University of North Carolina.