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Neukom Fellows '14 Announced!

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 Dietrich

Mentors: Frank Magilligan, Geography
                  Brian Dade, Earth Sciences 


James Dietrich 2015James is a geographer pioneering the use of high-resolution 3D mapping techniques in order to better examine how landscapes change over time. His primary interests are in using 3D data to analyze rivers and riverscape change, specifically, the evolution of rivers after stream restoration and dam removal projects.  James uses a variety of remote sensing (satellite, aerial, and ground-based photography) and computer-based mapping (Geographic Information Science) tools to do a majority of his research. He also enjoys developing and constructing innovative, open-source instruments for data collection, and developing new methods for data analysis. As a Neukom Fellow, James has been continuing to improve the integration of 3D data collection into large-scale river restoration monitoring programs, developing tools to create time-lapse 3D surface models of moving objects such as water and lava flows, and is using his 3D techniques  for projects in archeology and digital humanities.

You can follow James' research on his blog,

Recent Publications

Dietrich J.T. 2015. Riverscape Mapping with Helicopter-Based Structure-From-Motion

     Photogrammetry. Geomorphology. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.05.008 


Winter 2015: Environmental Applications of GIS (GEOG59 / EARS77)

Winter 2016(tentative): GEO.coding, an introduction to scientific computing for geography and earth science


Joe DiGrazia

Mentors: Marc Dixon, Sociology
                  Brendan Nyhan, Government


JoeJoe is a sociologist whose work focuses on applying computational methods and novel data sources to the study of social movements, political behavior, and political beliefs. His current projects include studies examining the emergence and spread of political conspiracy theories as well as the mobilization and policy impact of social movements. His work brings together a variety of computational methods and data sources, including web scraping and the analysis of large-scale data generated by Internet users such as social media content and aggregate Internet search data. Additionally, he is working on a methodological project with colleagues at Indiana University using graph theory to analyze social science sequence data. In addition to his research, he has taught Introduction to Political Sociology (Socy 21) in the Department of Sociology.



Alice Doughty

Mentors: Meredith Kelly, Earth Sciences
                  Mary Albert, Thayer



Alice traveled to the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda in January, 2015, to assist a PhD student collecting rock samples and dating glacial retreat since the last ice age (~20,000 years ago).  The present-day Rwenzori glaciers are located only 40 km north of the Equator and, today, are restricted to high elevations (>4800 m) where the air temperature is cold, but during the last ice age, the air everywhere was cooler and glaciers flowed farther down valley.  Alice is modeling past ice extent to estimate temperature changes from today, and preliminary results suggest a 6 deg C cooling for Rwenzori glaciers to reach their ice age extent, identical to the cooling estimated from mountain glacier change in the middle latitudes of the northern and southern hemispheres.  Comparing the timing and magnitude of glacier fluctuations in different parts of the world with changes in the amount of solar radiation received has allowed Alice to challenge the leading theory of what causes ice ages.  


EARS 15: Earth's Climate: Past, Present and Future (W15, W16)

Comer Science Meeting, Wisconsin, Oct. 2014
Northeast Geological Society of America, New Hampshire, March, 2015
New England Glaciology Meeting, Massachusetts, April, 2015

International Quaternary Association, Nagoya, Japan, July, 2015
Tropical Precipitation, New York, September, 2015
Comer Science Meeting, Wisconsin, Oct. 2015
American Geophysical Union, California, Dec. 2015

Recent Publication:


Kirstyn Leuner

Mentors: Ivy Schweitzer, English
                  Mary Flanagan, Digital Humanities



Kirstyn is a digital humanist who specializes in Romantic-era and nineteenth-century literature and media studies. She directs and co-edits the Stainforth Library of Women's Writing, a digital archive under construction that will be an electronic edition of Francis Stainforth's private library, the largest private library of women's writing in the nineteenth century. 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 dating back to the 15th century, much of which has been historically overlooked. The Stainforth project recently won an Innovative Seed Grant. Additionally, Kirstyn is working on a book project that explores how nineteenth-century authors integrate the 1822 invention of the Diorama into their poetry and prose. She teaches a course she developed for the Department of English called Women's Writing and Technologies of Transmission from the 19th century to the Present.

Last Updated: 7/23/15