The Neukom Institute is pleased to announce the 2014-2017 Neukom Fellows. These fellowships are designed as explicitly interdisciplinary positions for recent Ph.D.s whose research interests cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries, but has some computational component, whether it be a framing concept for intellectual exploration or an explicit component of the work that is pursued. All four successful candidates have a history of collaborative work across disciplines, but still show good evidence of independence and initiative. The Fellowships are two- to three-year appointments. Neukom Fellows will be mentored by faculty in at least two departments at Dartmouth, take up residence in one department, and will teach one seminar course each year on a subject of their interest. The 2014-2017 Neukom Fellows are:
James will receive his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Oregon in the summer of 2014. His dissertation research has focused on creating three-dimensional terrain models of rivers and using them to study how river restoration projects in eastern Oregon have evolved over time. His research focuses on the construction of innovative instruments for data collection and developing new methods for data analysis using computer-based mapping (Geographic Information Science) coupled with remote sensing (satellite, aerial, and ground-based photography). As a Neukom fellow, James hopes to continue to improve the integration of three-dimensional data collection into large-scale river restoration monitoring programs. He will also work on refining a new data collection method he pioneered at the University of Oregon that will allow him to capture and create three-dimension surface models of moving objects such as water and lava flows. You can follow James' research on his blog, http://adv-geo-research.blogspot.com/
Joseph DiGrazia is a sociologist whose work focuses on applying computational methods and novel data sources to the study of social movements, political behavior and attitudes. His dissertation uses the Tea Party Movement to examine how social movements are shaped by other social processes such as political agenda setting, policy formation, race, the welfare state, and the national media. His work on the Tea Party Movement brings together a variety of computational methods and data sources, including web scraping and the analysis of large-scale data generated by internet users. He has an additional line of research focusing on developing metrics of political behavior and attitudes from social media data. Joseph will receive his PhD in Sociology from Indiana University in the spring of 2014.
Alice is a glacial geologist who uses geomorphic evidence and numerical models to reconstruct past climate. Her interest in ice-age mysteries began as an undergraduate field assistant in Antarctica and New Zealand. She developed a 10Be cosmogenic isotope chronology for New Zealand glacier fluctuations during her masters, and shifted to modeling glacier extents for her dissertation. At Dartmouth, Alice will model ice-age conditions in the Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda, test the effect of the Intertropical Convergence Zone position on glacier mass balance, and force the model with an independent temperature proxy record for the last ice age. The history of tropical glacier extent is an essential piece to understanding what causes ice ages, and how climate signals migrate across latitudes.
Kirstyn is a PhD candidate in English Literature at CU-Boulder, where she is completing her dissertation on 18th-19th century media. She is a Fellow of the NEH-funded Institute for Digital Humanities (2012-13). She will devote her Neukom Fellowship to The Stainforth Library of Women Writers project, which creates a digital model of what may be the largest library of books by women authors collected in the mid-19th century, owned by Rev. Francis John Stainforth (1797-1866). When complete, this digital archive of 6,000 volumes will help scholars answer questions about the circulation, value, organization, and collection of women's writing in the 19th century. Moreover, recreating this library as an open-access resource is a recovery project that will make works by five centuries of British and American women writers available, including many that have been historically overlooked. Follow her research at http://kirstynleuner.wordpress.com and @KLeuner on Twitter.
Wes received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Kentucky. He explores the role of human interaction systems in the evolution of cultural complexity. The development of human societies from mobile foragers to complex states and empires was accompanied by increasing levels of intergroup social, economic, and political connectivity. He brings together archaeology and methods developed in the physical sciences to reconstruct human relationships in the past that would otherwise remain invisible to us today. His primary region of research is Mesoamerica, one of the six regions of the world where ancient civilization developed independently; he has also done extensive fieldwork in the eastern woodlands of the U.S. Wes comes to us from the Archaeometry Laboratory at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR), an institution that has generated data on ancient trade and exchange for the past 30 years. With his time at the Neukom Institute, he will use this data to develop a geospatial tool to model ancient exchange relationships in a way that has never before been done.
Last Updated: 3/11/14