Scholars 2010
Last updated on 11 Sep, 2017

Ms. Nicole KirgisNicole
Date: August 19 to August 30, 2010
Ms. Kirgis is the Survey Director at the Survey Research Center, the University of Michigan She is at the Center for long time and has extensive experience in managing data production activities using the survey track and web track at the Center. She visited the institute in August of 2010. Ms. Kirgis conducted a 5-day long "Trainer's Training on General Interviewing Techniques."  The training was organized for the research managers and research officers. The training focused on the standard interviewing techniques as well as transitioning from the paper and pencil based interview data collection and data management to more systematic computerized data management and data collection techniques such as survey track, blaise, and web track. This training was an effort towards enhancing the capacity building goal of the Institute.

Scott YabikuDr. Scott T Yabiku
Associate Professor, Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University
Date: July 26 to August 06, 2010 Dr. Yabiku visited the Institute as part of a project called  “Collaborative Research and Training in Social Context, Population Processes, and Environmental Change,” funded by the National Science Foundation. As a part of this, Dr.Yabiku explored the processes of migration in Chitwan. The research team visited and had small discussions with newly arrived migrants in the western part of Chitwan. A second goal of their visit was to test how well respondents are able to use a computer-based mapping instrument on a touch-screen tablet computer showing a map of Chitwan.  Dr. Yabiku tested how different types of respondents, including variation by age, caste, and gender, were able to use the computer instrument. Finally, Dr. Yabiku collected information from the Recycling Collectors (paper, plastic, metal, glass and used bottle collection and recycling centers) about environment issues.


Dr. Jennifer E. GlickJennifer Glick
Associate Professor, Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University
Date: July 26 to August 06, 2010
Dr. Glick visited the Institute as part of the National Science Foundation project, "Collaborative Research and Training in Social Context, Population Processes, and Environmental Change". Dr. Glick designed and conducted interviews with new arrivals in Chitwan. All interviews were held with individuals who had lived in the area for less than two years and included a number of migrants from the mountain areas of Nepal as well as those who had lived abroad. In addition, the research team traveled throughout the study site to document the development of new residential areas on land previously used for agriculture. Dr. Glick also participated in testing a new computer assisted interview interface for recording spatial locations. Participants were asked to locate their current and prior residences as well as other places of importance in their day to day lives.

Catherine LodenMs. Catherine M Loden
Student, Psychology and Sociology, Arizona State University
Date: July 26 to August 06, 2010
Catherine Loden visited the Institute as part of a project called  “Collaborative Research and Training in Social & Context, Population Processes, and Environmental Change,” funded by the National Science Foundation. She was  interested in discovering relationships between the environment and media use of people of various age, caste, gender, and education levels in western Chitwan. She especially focused on their waste and recycling habits, exploring the routines through which waste is disposed of and/or recycled. Ms. Catherine was accompanied with  Dr. Scott T. Yabiku and Dr. Jennifer Glick from Arizona State University


Mr. Jose Antonio BachillerJose
Mr. Bachiller is a graduate student, Department of Economics,
The London School of Economic and Political Science, London, UK.
Date: July 01 to September 01, 2010
Mr. Bachiller acquires social science research experience focused on developing countries by familiarizing with research mainly concerning research themes, theoretical framework and research methods that have been carried out by ISER-N. He will working alongside with ISER-N researchers. During his stay in ISER-N he will use his skills to provide technical support to ISER-N’s researchers in the use of SPSS, SAS and Excel in statistical analysis; Programming with Visual Basic; Preparation for the TOEFL iBT exam and Theoretical questions related to mathematics and statistics.

   
Shradha ShresthaMs. Shradha Shrestha
Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, The University of  North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
North Carolina
Date: May 28 to July 20, 2010
Ms. Shrestha, currently working with Dr. Pearce, visited the Institute with Dr. Pearce and Ms. Hargrove to gain field experience in social research.  She was involved in the research entitled “Attitudes toward the Environment in Nepal's Chitwan Valley and conducted severalfocus group interviews.


Dr. Lisa PearceLisa Pearce
Associate Professor, Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Date: May 12 to June 20, 2010
Dr. Pearce visited the Institute to conduct an exploratory study on “Attitudes toward the Environment in Nepal’s Chitwan Valley.”  She conducted six semi-structured focus group interviews in three villages. She aims to understand how the locals view the natural environment in general, problems or changes within the environment (if any) over time, and environmental movements aimed at promoting conservation and preservation of the local land.  She also attempts to uncover the various sources, frameworks of, and differences between the locals’ attitudes and perceptions of the natural environment.


Taylor Hargrove Ms. Taylor Hargrove
Undergraduate Student, Psychology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North 
Carolina
Date: May 12 to June 20, 2010
Ms. Hargrove is a research intern working with Dr. Lisa Pearce. She visited the Institute with Dr. Pearce to gain field experience in conducting social research. She was involved in the study  “Attitudes toward the Environment in Nepal’s Chitwan Valley” and observed focus group interviews. She also took a Nepali language class during her stay at the Institute.


DanMr. Danniel Thompson
Research Area Specialist, Population Studies Center, The University of Michigan
Date: May 13 to May 20, 2010
Mr. Thompson conducted a Training on Research Methods and Data Analysis from May 16-20 using the SAS statistical software. This training was an effort towards enhancing the capacity building goal of the Institute.

 

Alexandra CooperstockMs. Alexandra Cooperstock
Undergraduate Student, Sociology and Women’s Studies, The University of Michigan, Michigan
Date: May 13 to June 04, 2010
Ms. Cooperstock visited the Institute to get field experience on survey data collection. She observed several interviews and visited private and public schools, private and public health posts and CVFS neighborhoods.



Ms. Lindsay DiMarcoLindsay DiMarco
Undergraduate Student, Sociology, The University of Michigan, Michigan
Date: May 13 to June 04, 2010
Ms. DiMarco visited the Institute to get field experience on survey data collection. She  observed several interviews and visited private and public schools, private and public health posts and CVFS neighborhoods.


Keera AllendorfDr. Keera Allendorf

Postdoctoral Fellow, Population Studies Center, The University of Michigan.
Date: April 22 to April 26, 2010
Dr. Allendorf visited the Institute to be familiar with CVFS study site, meeting ISER-N staff and collection a small 
number of semi structure interviews on marital quality. She herself interviewed semis structure interview in this
area.  She has also conducted same interview in Darjeeling, India. All of the semi structured interview from Nepal and Darjeeling, India are in transcribing and translate process. She was accompanied by her sister Teri Allendorf, a conservation biologist.

 
Mr. Neil CarterNeil H Carter
Ph D Student, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, USA
Date: January 21 to April 28, 2010
Mr. Carter was in Chitwan to collect for his Ph. D. research. He is studying the tiger- human interaction and tiger habitat quality in the Chitwan National Park and adjacent forests of Chitwan. He successfully completed the data collection using camera traps in Chitwan National Park and Barandabhar Forests. Besides, he studied the temporal changes in management systems, resource use and distribution, social inclusion and many other aspects of 21 community forests along with perception, attitudes and experiences of local people towards tiger. For the purpose, he gathered information from 499 households in Western Chitwan.


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