Fatima Hashmi: International Exchange Student at Clarion University[edit | edit source]


About Me I grew up in the city of Lahore, in Pakistan. I spent a few years of my childhood in Fort Collins, Colorado where my father was a PhD student at Colorado State University. I'm studying environmental sciences at Kinnaird College in Pakistan and am graduating in May 2008. I am looking forward to going back to my home institution for graduate studies in environmental sciences with a concentration in Sustainable Development. My long term career goals involve becoming a college professor; I have been so inspired and motivated by my professors through out my academic life that I truly believe change in society begins with education. Apart from the environment that I am dedicated to, I am also a human rights advocate and have worked for for NGOs relating to children's' rights.

I think it would be an understatement to say that I enjoy reading, I am obsessed with but it's an obsession that has helped me polish my critical thinking, analytical, and academic skills. I particularly enjoy reading non-fiction autobiographies, among my favorite is 'The Autobiography of Malcom X'. African-American salve history absolutely fascinates me and I read almost any book about I can get on it. And of course I enjoy reading the Harry Potter and the Twilight series. Among the literary classics my favorite is the Russian author Ivan Turgenev and his book 'Fathers and Sons'.

Writing is a passion, and since I am passionate about environmental issues, human rights and politics, my writings tend to be centered around these topics and most of them are written for the local newspaper or college magazine.

Activities[edit | edit source]

Environment Club
As a member of my college's Environment Club (in Pakistan) I actively participate in creating awareness on environmental issues in Pakistan. Water contamination is the most threatening issues in Pakistan presently. Almost all drinking water has been contaminated with Arsenic. Bottled water is suspected to be adulterated and controversies over dam building to store water otherwise flowing in to the Arabian sea are alarming issues. Trips included visiting remote wildlife reserves in the desert areas of Pakistan, and spending hours in a boat to catch a glimpse of the endangered blind dolphins. Biodiversity surveys were also conducted in local wetland areas and the northern mountainous regions of Pakistan.

Aangan: a Non-governmental organization
The government of Pakistan has insufficient funds and resources to provide basic services to its citizens which is why many NGOS are actively doing what the government can not. One of the NGOs- Aangan, works at creating awareness of child sexual abuse and helps provide counseling and therapy to victims of such abuse. As a volunteer with the NGO, I help to create awareness on the issue within my community, a daunting task considering it is a taboo and never talked about. My work with the NGO can be seen here: [1]

I love acting and have been an active member of the dramatics clubs in school and college back home in Pakistan. I have acted in a series of stage dramas which includes a mime performance as well. I did the following plays: 1. A Woman of No Importance 2. The Importance of being Earnest 3. Hades- a Greek mime play

Internships[edit | edit source]

WWF- Pakistan
I interned for WWF-Pakistan in the summer of 2005 in the GIS(Geographic Information Systems) department. My work involved digitzing hand made maps that represented exotic and endangered bird species habitats in Pakistan.

Discussion[View | Edit]

Welcome![edit source]


Hi Fatima,

Welcome to the Appropedia wiki. Please make yourself at home! If you need a general wiki-tutorial, Wikieducator has some excellent ones.

Check your preferences and be sure you verify your email address and turn on email notification if you'd like it -- you can find out when your talk page, or any page on your watchlist, is modified. You may want to upload a photo or information about yourself to your userpage (which is at https://www.appropedia.org/User:Fatima, or this link).

If you have a particular interest or project in mind, go ahead and start it! Feel free to leave me a note on my talk page if you have further questions, need help finding your way around, have a cool idea for a project, or just want to chat. You can also call, text, or email me anytime; contact information is on my user page.

Glad to have you here!


Arsenic[edit source]

Hi Fatima

I thought you would find this interesting -- you might want to make it your final Appropedia project -- I have good contacts at the NCIIA that could get you in touch with BAAG.--Joshua 13:42, 4 September 2007 (PDT)

Members of the Berkeley Arsenic Alleviation Group (BAAG), supported by an NCIIA Advanced E-Team grant, traveled to Bangladesh this summer to conduct fieldwork in a village in Sonargaon District. They visited Neel Kanda, a small village of about 110 families, from July 2-5, and spent several days visiting professors at two Bangladeshi universities to develop in-country research collaborations.

The goal of the site visit was to better understand the chemical properties of ARUBA (Arsenic Removal Using Bottom Ash), developed by Principal Investigator Ashok Gadgil at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. ARUBA is a low-cost and easily scalable technology that removes arsenic from drinking water, developed specifically for use in Bangladesh where much of the groundwater is contaminated with high levels of arsenic. Though ARUBA has been extensively studied in the laboratory, its effective performance in Bangladeshi water was first verified on BAAG's first trip to Bangladesh in March 2007. At that time, ARUBA's arsenic removal efficiency (measured in grams of ARUBA per milligrams arsenic removed) was shown to be about ten times less than that in the lab. Though ARUBA is cost-competitive (about 8 cents per person per year), it requires a lot of material (about 45 grams per person per day).

Several alternative treatment protocols were developed and tested in the lab before arrival in Bangladesh. It was found that adding ARUBA in consecutive partial doses rather than a full dose all at once improved ARUBA's arsenic removal capacity and that collecting water, letting it sit for some time before treatment, and keeping it well oxygenated could increase total arsenic removal. Each new treatment protocol was tested in the field.

The team received assistance from BRAC (Bangladeshi Rural Advancement Committee), Bangladesh's largest NGO, which helped them identify an appropriate field site and introduced them to village leaders during their first site visit. The team collected water samples from the village and performed basic repeatability experiments at the Sonargaon District BRAC office and more complicated experiments in a make-shift laboratory in Dhaka. The bulk of the arsenic samples were brought to the U.S. for high accuracy Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) analysis at a Berkeley lab.

The results are promising. ARUBA treatment proved to be repeatable and scalable (more laboratory experiments are necessary). The team demonstrated that ARUBA removes more than half of the arsenic from water within five minutes of treatment! Treatment is completed after approximately 1 hour.

Porting[edit source]

Hi Fatima,

Great work on porting Handpumps. Just wanted to ask, how are you doing the porting? Are you doing the formatting manually, or have you tried using WikEd? (Wikipedia:User:Cacycle/wikEd). I've done it before, so if you like, I will install it on your account and you can try it out.

We want to make porting as smooth and efficient as possible. Let us know if you need any help at all.

Thanks for your work! --Chriswaterguy · talk 19:05, 23 January 2008 (PST)

I've added WikEd to your account (by copying some code to User:Fatima/monobook.js).
I forgot to mention - it only works with Mozilla-based browsers (i.e. Firefox) - otherwise you won't see the extra tools.
When you paste formatted text, it needs to be "wikified" so it doesn't turn into plain text - click the [w] (wikify) button to convert all the text in the edit box.
Hope that's clear, and that WikEd helps a lot with your great porting work. Again, let me know if you have an questions. --Chriswaterguy · talk 06:17, 25 January 2008 (PST)

Porting and images[edit source]

Hi Fatima,

Great work on the porting effort. When uploading images in the future, please make sure to use unique and descriptive names. Images are not page specific on Appropedia, therefore each name can be used only once. Usually using a organization name and/or project name as part of the image name works well, e.g. PArainrunoff1.jpg or RainRunoffTree.jpg.

Thank you, --Lonny 14:33, 28 January 2008 (PST)

Porting and tables[edit source]

Answered at User_talk:Chriswaterguy#Porting. --Chriswaterguy · talk 17:56, 28 January 2008 (PST)

Hi Fatima,
I think I fixed the table. Check it out and let me know if it is not what you were looking for (copied from User_talk:Chriswaterguy#Porting), Thank you, --Lonny 16:28, 29 January 2008 (PST)

Porting to PDF[edit source]

Hi Fatima,

I've made some progress on this, but haven't been able to try out some of the new ideas. As mentioned at Help:Porting PDF files to MediaWiki#1. Save as formatted text,

Adobe Acrobat (not Reader) should be able to save it as formatted text. Can you see if your university is able to give you access to a computer with Adobe Acrobat installed? (Worth a try at least.)

There are also a couple of free options, shown under "Freeware & free online services" on that page. I don't have Windows so I can't try the programs, but the online one (Zamzar) is okay. If you do try installing the programs, be careful - make sure you have anti spyware, antivirus etc.

The problem I had with Zamzar is in the next step (formatted text to wiki markup) - it doesn't convert well with WikEd for some reason. If you can install OpenOffice (version 2.3 or higher) you could see if you get a better result from using that (using the File -> Export as MediaWiki function).

Please give feedback on any method you try. I'll see what else I can find. Thanks again. --Chriswaterguy · talk 05:54, 3 February 2008 (PST)

Great to hear about your access to Acrobat - let me know how it goes! --Chriswaterguy · talk 14:41, 3 February 2008 (PST)
Glad that's helping! How are you converting from .rtf to wiki markup - WikEd or OpenOffice? I want to document this on the help pages.
Have you found an easy way to save the pictures from the PDF? --Chriswaterguy · talk 17:06, 3 February 2008 (PST)

Page names[edit source]

You wrote:

I am about to port Ecological Sanitation from Practical Action to Appropedia but I noticed that there already exists a stub for Ecological Sanitation- should I create a new page or add Practical Action's article on Ecological Sanitation to the stub? --Fatima 13:39, 3 February 2008 (PST)

I think it's best we keep the original document separate, so start a new page.
We need to work out a standard naming scheme for all Practical Action Technical Briefs. I like page names to be very clear, so I would prefer adding (Practical Action Technical Brief) to the end. E.g. Solar distillation (Practical Action Technical Brief). Anyway, it can be easily moved later.
More Ecological Sanitation content will be great!
Btw, if you want to see which pages have already been ported, I'm not sure what you're using, but this might be useful:

--Chriswaterguy · talk 14:41, 3 February 2008 (PST)

Porting - next steps[edit source]

Responded on my talk page. --Chriswaterguy · talk 15:53, 4 February 2008 (PST)

XML[edit source]

Yes, please email me the XML as an attachment - I want to do an experiment.

If there's any problems attaching it, you could try zipping it (archiving it, e.g. with WinZip). Thanks - great to hear how well it's going. --Chriswaterguy · talk 21:28, 5 February 2008 (PST)

Thanks - my experiment (using the Special:Import page to import the XML) didn't work, but will look again at this before getting back to you (after the next 2 days - very busy).
You may have seen that Curt worked on the table at Conservation of indigenous breeds (Practical Action Brief) - is that what you needed? --Chriswaterguy · talk 01:21, 7 February 2008 (PST)

Categorizing[edit source]


Spectacular recent work -- really nice job -- you may want to start adding additional category tags to the pages you are porting in to make them easier to find.

Keep up the great work, --Joshua 13:25, 7 February 2008 (PST)

Porting[edit source]


Don't port anything that is already here -- if you look over the ones done by the bot and they need some touch up please have at them. Also you should go over everything you have ported and begin enhancing them by:

  1. interlinking with double brackets all key words
  2. creating stub pages for any knowledge needed to understand your articles or use the {{WP | article name}}
  3. Making sure they are in all the appropriate categories and tagging them
  4. search for the name of your article or keyword in appropedia -- and then link anywhere it pops up back to your article

...what you want to do is create an interlinked knowledge web -- then the ported pages will have much more value.

Great work -- keep it up, --Joshua 06:35, 16 April 2008 (PDT)

creating internal links[edit source]

Hi Fatima -- If you take something like your page on Tumeric and search for Tumeric in the search on the left hand side in appropedia - it will list every page that mentions it -- then go to those pages and hypelink them back to Tumeric. Now it just so happens no pages are linked to Tumeric...so this is a bad example - but hopefully you get the idea....--Joshua 12:45, 16 April 2008 (PDT)

hyperlinking[edit source]

You hyperlink by enclosing what you want to link to in double brackets that look like this [[tumeric]] thus looks like this on the page tumeric

The "Original:" namespace[edit source]

Hi Fatima - still doing great work I see. Many thanks, again.

For future reference, we've decided to put the ported pages into the "Original" namespace: e.g. Rural Water Supply in Nepal. So putting that at the front of the name when you make a new page is helpful.

Let me know if you have questions. --Chriswaterguy 07:58, 1 May 2008 (PDT)

Your 2021 impact stats are right here![edit source]

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Hi Fatima! We thought you may want know that your top performing pages so far are:

  1. Thermosiphon (63 791 page views) Update!
  2. Cold storage of fruits and vegetables (Practical Action Brief) (44 388 page views) Update!
  3. Papain Production (Practical Action Brief) (28 035 page views) Update!
  4. Fruit juice processing (Practical Action Brief) (26 232 page views) Update!
  5. Turmeric (Practical Action Brief) (23 076 page views) Update!

Overall, your impact has been of 419,030 page views, woozaa!

Also, your user page has received 774 visits! People are interested in knowing more about you, edit your user page to tell the world what you've been up to.

Thanks for your contributions and for making Appropedia great, have a merry green Christmas!!

The Appropedia Team

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