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Neukom Fellows '15 Announced!

The Neukom Institute is pleased to announce the 2015-2018 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 2015-2018 Neukom Fellows are: 


Seth Frey

Mentors: Luke Chang, PBS
                  Mary Flanagan, Digital Humanities
                  Eugene Santos, Engineering
                  Brendan NyhanGovernment 

 Seth Frey

Seth Frey is a computational social scientist researching online societies. He is coming to the Neukom Institute from a postdoctoral position at Disney Research (, a corporate lab serving the Walt Disney Company. He earned a B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in "Cognitive Science and Informatics" from Indiana University. He researches higher-level reasoning and social cognition in order to improve the design and analysis of complex decision environments. 

You can learn more about Seth and his research at


Talks, Papers, Etc.

•  Human Computation: Can you moderate an unreadable message? 'Blind' content moderation via human computation  Seth Frey, Maarten W Bos, Robert W Sumner
an explainer:  paper pdf: Blind Content

Nautilus: The Unexpected Humanity of Robot Soccer

• Talk: MUCSC 04.09.16

• Presented "Evaluating governance style in online designer societies" at Conference on Complex Systems (, Tempe Arizona, 9/28/2015 to 10/2/2015

• "Notable Paper" presented  "Human flocking behavior in three different games of strategic iterated reasoning" at Conference on Complex Systems (, Tempe Arizona, 9/28/2015 to 10/2/2015

• Presented  "Strategic information encryption among experts of No Limit Texas Hold'em" at Conference on Complex Systems (, Tempe Arizona, 9/28/2015 to 10/2/2015

• Presented "Emotional Influence and the Social Dimensions of Emotional Regulation" at Computational Social Science Workshop (, Tempe, Arizona, 10/1/2015.

• Presented "Quantifying and Predicting Collaboration in Shared Virtual Worlds" at the Player Modeling Workshop ( the Eleventh AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (, Nov 14, 2015

• Invited Talk, "EXPERT INFORMATION PROCESSING AS STRATEGIC INFORMATION ENCRYPTION" School of Computer Science Colloquium, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 12/4/2015


Emily Klancher Merchant

Mentors: Robert Bonner, History
                  Leslie Butler, History
                  Richard Wright, Geography

Emily Merchant


Emily holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan, where she also completed a graduate certificate in Science, Technology, and Society and the predoctoral training program in Population Studies. Emily is currently writing a book manuscript and a series of articles based on her dissertation, “Prediction and Control: Global Population, Population Science, and Population Politics in the Twentieth Century,” which combined archival, oral, and computational methods of analysis to trace the history of demography and global population politics from 1920 to 1984.

As a Neukom fellow, Emily will continue work on the project's online companion, “A Digital Reading of Twentieth-Century Demography” (, developing it into a  resource for the history of demography and for the use of computational methods in  the history of science.



• Population and Development Review 43.1 (2017): 83-117: Merchant, Emily Klancher. "A Digital History of Anglophone Demography and Global Population Control, 1915–1984." 

• Scatterplot: guest post: new census race classifications are about civil rights, not discrimination

• HistPhil: How Foundations Got The U.S. Government Invested In International Population Control

• “La Raza: Mexicans in the United States Census,” Journal of Policy History 28(4). Co-authored with Brian Gratton.

• "Measuring and Mitigating Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Production in the United States, 1870-2000,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 12(34): E4681-E4688. Co-authored with William J. Parton, Myron P. Gutmann, Melannie D. Hartman, Paul R. Adler, Frederick M. McNeal, and Susan M. Lutz.

• “An Immigrant’s Tale: The Mexican-American Southwest, 1850-1950,” Social Science History 39(4): 521-550. Co-authored with Brian Gratton.

• HistPhil: How Foundations Got The U.S. Government Invested In International Population Control


Conference Presentations

• “The Technopolitics of Population Control.” Policy History Conference, Nashville, TN.

• "Birth control or population control: Systemic contraceptive technologies and global biopolitics after World War II." Organization of American Historians, Providence, RI. 

• "Making a case for universal expertise: Demographers in the British Empire After World War II." Social Science History Association, Baltimore, MD.• "Making global population data and making population data global after World War II." Social Science History Association, Baltimore, MD.

• "La raza: Mexicans in the United States Census." Social Science History Association, Baltimore, MD. With Brian Gratton. 



Laurel Symes

Mentors: Thalia Wheatley, PBS
                  Hannah ter Hofstede, Biology  

Laurel Symes


Laurel earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Dennison and a PhD in Biological Sciences at Dartmouth. As a Neukom Fellow, Laurel is using machine learning and neural networks to study recognition and decision-making in organisms that range in neural complexity from insects to humans. Animals (including people) use sensory systems to decipher amazingly complex problems. The ability to detect, process, and react to cues in the environment underlies nearly every aspect of an animal’s life, including finding food, avoiding threats, and choosing mates. Laurel’s research addresses fundamental questions in neurobiology and behavior: how do organisms recognize relevant stimuli? How does the process of recognition evolve, diverge, and interact with the context in which decisions are made?”



Facilitating Scientific Creativity


Publications & Popular Articles

NPR: Sound Matters: Sex And Death In The Rain Forest

Effects of anthropogenic noise on male signaling behavior and female phonotaxis in Oecanthus tree crickets 

Signal diversification in Oecanthus tree crickets is shaped by energetic, morphometric, and acoustic trade-offs 

Behavioral Ecology and SociobiologyEffects of acoustic environment on male calling activity and timing in Neotropical forest katydids


Field Work 





Last Updated: 7/24/18