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CLIR Announces 2016 Postdoctoral Fellows

Contact:  Kathlin Smith

Washington, DC, July 29, 2016-CLIR has named its new cohort of 19 postdoctoral fellows for 2016. The cohort includes nine recipients of CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences, including four fellowships focused on software curation; five recipients of CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for Medieval Studies; one CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for Visual Studies; and four recipients of CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowships in Academic Libraries.

Fellowships are awarded to scholars who received a PhD degree within the last five years in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. Eleven fellows from the previous cohort are spending a second year at their host institutions.

All fellowships in data curation for the sciences and social sciences are supported through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for Medieval Studies were launched this year with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which has supported fellowships in medieval studies, early modern studies, and visual studies.

The Postdoctoral Fellows will begin their program at an orientation seminar at Bryn Mawr College from July 24 to 31, 2016. The seminar will introduce fellows to issues facing twenty-first-century libraries and provides an opportunity for fellows to meet others in their cohort to share experiences and information. Portions of the seminar are devoted to discussing data curation and management, including software curation.

CLIR administers the fellowship program in collaboration with academic and other kinds of partnering institutions as a means of preparing a new generation of knowledgeable and highly skilled scholarly professionals. Information on the fellowships is available at

Yasmin AlNoamany
PhD Computer Science, Old Dominion University
Host: University of California, Berkeley

John Borghi
PhD Integrative Neuroscience, Stony Brook University
Host: California Digital Library, University of California

Paul Broyles
PhD English, University of Virginia
Host: North Carolina State University

Alberto Campagnolo
PhD Digital Humanities, University of the Arts London
Host: Library of Congress

Alexandra Chassanoff
PhD Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Host: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Erin Connelly
PhD Medieval English, University of Nottingham
Host: University of Pennsylvania

Thomas Cook
PhD Political Science, University of Colorado
Host: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Jennifer Grayburn
PhD History of Art and Architecture, University of Virginia
Host: Temple University

Veronica Ikeshoji-Orlati
PhD Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Virginia
Host: Vanderbilt University

Michaela Kelly
PhD Cultural Anthropology, University of Tokyo
Host: Lafayette College

Bommae Kim
PhD Quantitative Psychology, University of Virginia
Host: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Jacob Levernier
PhD Psychology, University of Oregon
Host: University of Pennsylvania

Zack Lischer-Katz
PhD Communication and Information, Rutgers University
Host: University of Oklahoma

Mara Sedlins
PhD Social Psychology, University of Washington
Host: Duke University

Mason Scott Thompson
PhD Anthropology, Arizona State University
Host: U.S. Agency for International Development

Katherine Thornton
PhD Information Science, University of Washington
Host: Yale University

Heather Wacha
PhD Medieval History, University of Iowa
Host: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jeffrey Wayno
PhD History, Columbia University
Host: Columbia University

Iskandar Zulkarnain
PhD Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester
Host: University of Rochester

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.

The Digital Library Federation, founded in 1995, is a robust and diverse community of practice, advancing research, learning, and the public good through digital library technologies. DLF connects its parent organization, CLIR, to an active practitioner network, consisting of 139 member institutions, including colleges, universities, public libraries, museums, labs, agencies, and consortia. Among DLF’s NDSA-related initiatives are the eResearch Network, focused on data stewardship across disciplines, and the CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellows program, with postdocs in data curation for medieval, early modern, visual studies, scientific, and social science data, and in software curation.

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