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Speaker Series: Amgalan Sukhbaatar Lecturer, School of Civil Engineering and Architecture,

The Relationship between Pedestrian Perception and Characteristics of Sidewalk Environment in case of the central area of Ulaanbaatar city


Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014, 5:30 PM

American Corner Presentation Room

Ulaanbaatar Natsagdorj Library

Tel: (976) 7011 0486

 Walking is basic mode of transportation, recommendable for the city center, especially for the city center with continuous increase of car traffic and high traffic congestion, like central Ulaanbaatar. Most of sidewalks in central Ulaanbaatar have not been designed based on pleasance to pedestrians but mostly on considerations of completing a construction of footpath anywise due to the mainly economic constraints. Even in constraint of given budget, pleasant sidewalks would be designed based on the consideration of its user’s preferences. Addressing this situation, the research aims to identify physical and operational aspects of sidewalk environment affecting people’s preference of pleasant sidewalks. People’s perception was assessed from the questionnaire survey with area based sample size of total 200 samples. Physical and operational features of sidewalk environment were measured during the field measurement at 12 sidewalk segments from 3 city blocks, as well as at the laboratory. After summarizing collected data, applicable statistical method, ordered probit models were developed to analyze respondent’s rating for sidewalk environment factors depending on the combination of sidewalk attributes and characteristics of each individuals. Based on model results, physical and operational features of sidewalk environment affecting people’s preference were signified quantitatively.

ACMS Members and Fellows Profiles

The ACMS has a wide diversity of members and fellows who are conducting work on a variety of projects in many different fields of study. These profiles will give everyone a chance to see what their colleagues and fellow members are accomplishing.

Speaker Series:Emma Hite is a 2013-2014 Fulbright IIE Research Fellow and doctoral candidate in the

The Baruun Mukhdagiin Am (BMA) Archaeological Project: preliminary results and future directions for research on the Xiongnu Empire”


Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, 5:30 PM

American Corner

Ulaanbaatar Public Library

Tel: (976) 7711 0486


At the end of the Late Iron Age, herding communities in Mongolia organized into the first steppe empire in recorded Inner Asian history: the Xiongnu (Hunnu).  Scholars place the Xiongnu at the beginning of a long, tumultuous cycle of the rise and fall of mobile steppe empires made world-famous by Genghis Khan (Chinggis Khaan) and the Mongol Empire.  Recent research suggests that an underexplored aspect of the Xiongnu Empire – its nomadic herding lifestyle – may have been a key element in its emergence over 2,000 years ago.  The Baruun Mukhdagiin Am (BMA) Archaeological Project is a joint US-Mongolian archaeological expedition aimed at understanding a local community within the Xiongnu Empire through the lives and deaths of its human and animal constituents.  The BMA Archaeological Project builds off of pilot research directed by Dr. Zagd Batsaikhan (National University of Mongolia) at the main Xiongnu cemetery at BMA in 2006 in a multidisciplinary effort to examine the burials, campsites, and wider cultural landscape of this Xiongnu community.  The preliminary results of the BMA Archaeological Project’s 2013 field season of mapping and survey helped resolve initial research questions and shape future research objectives for our team, including plans for the 2014 field season.  A broader goal of the BMA Archaeological Project is to increase understanding of herding and stock-raising communities in prehistory and to help the modern global community understand and value mobile pastoralism as a lifeway in the 2nd century BC as well as in the 21st century in Mongolia and beyond.

ACMS Education Survey / АМСТ Боловсролын судалгаа

The American Center for Mongolian Studies is preparing a report on the Mongolian education system.  Part of the report relates to Mongolians who have or are interested in studying outside of the country.  Please Fill out the appropriate survey based on your current condition.


Parent Survey       Student Survey       


Alumni Survey



  This Survey is open only to all Mongolians, both domestic and expatriate.  Please feel free to share this survey.






ACMS Annual Meeting March 28th, 2014 in Philadelphia


Reception, Cultural Program and Poster Session

Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, Grand Salon L

Friday March 28, 7:30-9:30pm


The ACMS will celebrate its 12th annual meeting and the 10th anniversary of its Ulaanbaatar office with a reception, cultural program, poster presentation and annual business meeting held in Grand Salon L of the Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia from 7:30-9:30pm on Friday March 28, 2014. The meeting is held in conjunction with the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) annual conference. The ACMS reception and cultural program are free and open to all interested parties.

The cultural program will include Mongolian music and food, and is being organized in conjunction with the Mongolia Cultural Center (MCC) in Washington, DC. A poster display highlighting academic research and cultural topics related to Mongolia will be held during the reception. To propose a poster or display for the session, please send a brief abstract or description (no more than 250 words) to David Dettmann at before March 14th, 2014. Posters and displays will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

Reception, Cultural Program and Mongolia Poster Session


Downtown Marriott Grand Salon L

The reception and poster session are free and open to the public. Mongolian food and drink will be available, along with Mongolian cultural performances. Posters and information tables will be displayed around the ballroom, and poster presenters will be available to discuss their research and cultural work.

ACMS Annual Membership Meeting – 8:00-8:30pm

Downtown Marriott Grand Salon L

The ACMS annual membership meeting will include an update on ACMS operations and programs with reports by ACMS President Bill Fitzhugh of the Smithsonian, ACMS US Director, David Dettmann, and Ulaanbaatar Office Manager Baigalmaa Begzsuren. 

For more information or directions, please contact the ACMS at

On the Move One Last Time

In true nomadic tradition, the ACMS has relocated several times during the last 10 years.  Through our partnership with local Universities, the ACMS has been located in  the National University Mongolia and the Mongolian University of Science and Technology.  Recently we have been in our temporary location at the Center 34 building. Just as Mongolia is becoming more urban and settled, the ACMS is now moving one more time to what will be our long term home. 

 Through the generous support of the Natsagdorj Ulaanbaatar Public Library, we will be located on the main floor, northeast corner of the Library, accessible by the East Entrance.  This new, larger space will house the ACMS admin office, library and resource center and GIS lab.  It will also be the home for the Books for Asia Program delivered in partnership with the Asia Foundation.

Starting on November 19th, the ACMS will be operating exclusively from the new location.  Come by and visit by following the link to the  new ACMS.

New ACMS Link

ACMS Office - Natsagdorj Library East Entrance

New Telephone Numbers:

ACMS:     976 7711 0486

Books for Asia:   976 7710 0486