Research Mission

The mission of the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is to advance innovation and discovery. The core of this mission is the research, scholarship, and creative works of UNM faculty. The OVPR seeks to facilitate these activities, resulting in new knowledge and applications of value to academic communities and the public.

Research Highlights

  • Wednesday, 29 July 2015

    Nepal Study Center at UNM offers platform for research, global engagement

    Bohara brings scientific research to urgent questions in Nepal


    Economics professor Alok Bohara wants to establish the Nepal Studies Center at the University of New Mexico as a beacon. Bohara is the founder and expert guiding the Nepal Study Center’s research and community engagement work in Nepal.

    A Nepalese-native, Bohara is very concerned about the number of bright minds like his that have left Nepal to live and work in other places. In collaboration with many of his colleagues from various U.S. universities, he is working on a way to turn what most people would call a brain drain from Nepal into something else.

    “Let’s call it a brain bank,” he said, “and take that intellectual repository that is developing in the west, in North America, and see if we can tap and divert it back in Nepal.”

    That’s why the Nepal Study Center offers a way for UNM students and faculty to look at fundamental questions of poverty, health, climate change and survival in the Himalayas.

    Bohara and Mark Stone, associate professor of Civil Engineering, are participating in a volunteer project with UNM engineering and architecture students who are designing a low-cost earthquake-resistant house that could be built in Nepal with locally available materials. If all goes well, the students hope to take their design to two villages in Nepal next December. They will work with the Pratiman-Neema Memorial Foundation and local residents to build the demonstration homes.

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Research Leadership

Dr. Michael Dougher
Vice President for Research

Dr. Kevin Malloy
AVP for Research Initiatives

Carlos Romero
AVP for Research & Compliance

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