BU hosts global interdisciplinary conference

BAASANA For immediate release: June 2, 2011

BLOOMSBURG — Participants from nearly a dozen countries will take part in this year’s Business and Applied Sciences Academy of North America (BAASANA) conference from Thursday through Saturday, June 16 to 18, at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

According to the organization’s founder Ruhul Amin, professor of management and director of BU’s Center for Management Development, BAASANA is a professional association for business, sciences and technology that promotes an interdisciplinary approach to complex scientific, social and organizational problems.

Shankar P. Sharma, Nepal’s ambassador to the U.S., will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, June 16, at 1:10 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room 218.

Formerly vice chair of Nepal’s National Planning Commission, Sharma was a consultant to the committee drafting the new constitution of Nepal. He worked as a senior economic adviser, Ministry of Finance, Nepal; a senior economist in the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore; and a fellow in the East-West Center, Hawaii.

Previously a professor of economics at Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal, Sharma published eight books and more than 50 articles on the economy, energy and the environment of the Asia-Pacific region, including Nepal. He earned a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Hawaii.

The featured speaker for the closing banquet Saturday, June 18, at 7:40 p.m. in Kehr Union Ballroom is Swapan Kumar Saha, press minister at the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington, D.C. Saha will speak on freedom of the press and human rights in South Asia, focusing on Bangladesh.

A professional journalist, Saha worked for the Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha, the national news agency, for 37 years, retiring as chief news editor in June 2010. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and a diploma in journalism from the International Institute for Journalism, Germany.

Conference presentations will focus on the following tracks: business, science and technology, information technology, medical sciences and practices, education issues and administration, and social sciences.

The best papers in each track will be reviewed for inclusion in the first issue of the e-journal, Journal of Business and Applied Sciences, which is scheduled for publication this fall.

Presenters include scientist and inventor Anis Rahman, chief technology officer and chair of the board of directors of Applied Research and Photonics Inc. (ARP), Harrisburg. The company, founded in 2003, produces turnkey teraherz spectrometers and related instruments with applications in life sciences and analytical areas.

Rahman, who holds seven patents, received the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 Award in the Innovator category in 2007 and 2008. He will lecture and display his recent invention, a $1 million terahertz spectrometer.

Participants will include nearly three dozen members of the BU campus community, including BU President David Soltz, Provost Ira Blake, College of Business Dean Michael Tidwell and faculty; nearly 50 international students; directors of international education from Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education institutions; and representatives from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program.

BAASANA was chartered in 2008 and held its first conference a year later in Philadelphia. This year’s conference, co-sponsored by BU’s College of Business and the provost’s office, “provides a great opportunity for faculty and students to network with scholars from various continents including Asia, Africa and Europe,” said Tidwell.

The registration fee of $150 for the conference includes a picnic on June 16; a reception, buffet and international cultural program by Kalavant Center of Music and Dance, New York, on June 17; and a banquet on June 18. For more information, visit www.baasana.org.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.