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CLIR Names New Postdoctoral Fellows

Cohort Includes CLIR/DLF Data Curation Postdoctoral Fellows

Washington, DC, July 16, 2012-The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has named four recipients of CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowships in Academic Libraries, and seven recipients of CLIR/DLF Data Curation Postdoctoral Fellowships.

The CLIR/DLF Data Curation Fellowships, launched this year with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, provide recent Ph.D.s with professional development, education, and training opportunities in data curation for the sciences and social sciences. Through these two-year appointments, CLIR seeks to raise awareness and build capacity for sound data management practice throughout the academy.

CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowships in Academic Libraries, now in its ninth year, are awarded to individuals who recently received a Ph.D. degree in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. Based at an academic research library, each fellow works to develop meaningful linkages between disciplinary scholarship, libraries, archives, and evolving digital tools. Eight fellows from the previous cohort will spend a second year in their academic libraries.

CLIR/DLF Data Curation Fellows will join CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows in Academic Libraries for a two-week orientation seminar at Bryn Mawr College from July 22 to August 3, 2012. The seminar will introduce fellows to issues facing 21st-century libraries and provide fellows an opportunity to meet others in their cohort who can share experiences and information. In the second week of the seminar participants will focus on data curation and management.

CLIR administers the fellowship program in collaboration with academic institutions as a means of recruiting talent into the library and information science fields. Information on the fellowships is available at and

CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows

Katherine Akers
Ph.D.  Behavioral Neuroscience, Quantitative Methodology, University of New Mexico
Host: Emory University

Jason Brodeur
Ph.D.  Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University
Host: McMaster University

Matthew J. Lavin
Ph.D. English, University of Iowa
Host:  University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jennifer Parrott
Ph.D. English, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Host:  Bucknell University

2012-2014 CLIR/DLF Data Curation Postdoctoral Fellows

B. Dewayne Branch
Ph.D. Educational Research and Policy Analysis, North Carolina State University
Host: Purdue University

Vessela Ensberg
Ph.D. Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin Madison
Host: University of California, Los Angeles

Inna Kouper
Ph.D. Information Science, Indiana University
Host: Indiana University

Ting Wang
Ph.D. Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Host: Lehigh University

Wei Yang
Ph.D.  Economics, McMaster University
Host: McMaster University

Fe Consolacion Sferdean
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Host: University of Michigan

Natsuko Hayashi Nicholls
Ph.D. Political Science, University of Michigan
Host: University of Michigan

Continuing CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows

Jessica Aberle
Ph.D. Architectural History, University of Virginia
Host: Lehigh University

Peter Broadwell
Ph.D. Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Host: UCLA

Arthur (Mitch) Fraas
Ph.D. History, Duke University
Host: University of Pennsylvania

Spencer Keralis
Ph.D. English and American Literature, New York University
Host: University of North Texas

John Maclachlan
Ph.D. Geography and Geology, McMaster University
Host: McMaster University

Jennifer Redmond
Ph.D. History, Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland
Host: Bryn Mawr College

Christopher Teeter
Ph.D. Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster University
Host: McMaster University

Yi Shen
Ph.D. Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Host: Johns Hopkins University

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. CLIR’s Digital Library Federation (DLF) program aims to build and support a robust, engaged community whose members share a vested interest in advancing digital libraries. To this end, DLF serves as a resource and catalyst for collaboration among digital library developers, project managers, and all who are invested in digital library issues.

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