Visible Network Lab’s Network Science Fellowship

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The Future of Network Science

The Network Science Fellowship is an international program that provides students and junior scholars the opportunity to work with one of the world’s largest inter-organizational datasets, with a focus on translating network data to practice.

The program starts with an introduction to network science, the PARTNER Tool, data management, and social network analysis and ends with a 3-day network analysis workshop in Denver, CO. By the end of the Network Science Fellowship program, fellows will be able to apply network science concepts to practice, be proficient with network data management and analysis, and have formed a community of network scholars who are positioned to advance the field of network science.

The 2018 cohort of Network Science Fellows includes 10 scholars from four countries, six states, seven universities, and seven disciplines of study. These outstanding fellows are emerging network scholars dedicated to applying network science to practice. 

  Xunyu (Fred) Xiang   Xunyu is a final year PhD Candidate in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at The University of Hong Kong. His research interests focus on organizational learning, nonprofit collaboration, cross-sector collaboration, and social network analysis. He conducts research on Chinese nonprofit learning networks, Nonprofit Support Organizations, and nonprofit collaborations. His publication has appeared at Taiwan Research, Journal of Social work (in Chinese).

Xunyu (Fred) Xiang

Xunyu is a final year PhD Candidate in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at The University of Hong Kong. His research interests focus on organizational learning, nonprofit collaboration, cross-sector collaboration, and social network analysis. He conducts research on Chinese nonprofit learning networks, Nonprofit Support Organizations, and nonprofit collaborations. His publication has appeared at Taiwan Research, Journal of Social work (in Chinese).

  Chris Santucci   Chris is a United States Navy veteran from Seattle, Washington USA and is currently in a doctoral program at Washington State University, Department of Sociology. His research is focused primarily in applied criminology, public policy, law, and technology. He is incredibly honored to participate in this fellowship because he believes Network Science will have a significant impact on applied criminological research and public policy analysis, and will allow him the tools to enhance his own research.

Chris Santucci

Chris is a United States Navy veteran from Seattle, Washington USA and is currently in a doctoral program at Washington State University, Department of Sociology. His research is focused primarily in applied criminology, public policy, law, and technology. He is incredibly honored to participate in this fellowship because he believes Network Science will have a significant impact on applied criminological research and public policy analysis, and will allow him the tools to enhance his own research.

  Namrata Ray   Born in the city of Calcutta, India, Namrata holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Calcutta and holds her MS degree in Population Studies from International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai. Her diverse background shapes her interest in a multitude of topics related to aging, health and well-being, poverty and mortality. She is currently a first-year Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Washington State Universitywhere her current research lies at the intersection of public health and sociology, specifically studying the role of the neighbourhood in determining differences in infant and child mortality across the country.

Namrata Ray

Born in the city of Calcutta, India, Namrata holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Calcutta and holds her MS degree in Population Studies from International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai. Her diverse background shapes her interest in a multitude of topics related to aging, health and well-being, poverty and mortality. She is currently a first-year Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Washington State Universitywhere her current research lies at the intersection of public health and sociology, specifically studying the role of the neighbourhood in determining differences in infant and child mortality across the country.

 
  Alex Kulick   Alex is working on his PhD in the department of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Alex's dissertation project bridges tools developed for the computational analysis of networked data with sociological and interdisciplinary theories of social change, power, and collective action. He also works on collaborative projects focusing on the dynamics and consequences of inequality, as well as interventions to transform systems through research, policy, and practice. Findings from these projects focused on topics including sexuality, gender, discrimination, violence, education, and health can be found in the Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Homosexuality, American Journal of Community Psychology, Children and Youth Services Review, and more.  Learn more about Alex's work here:   https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=xoTSkR0AAAAJ

Alex Kulick

Alex is working on his PhD in the department of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Alex's dissertation project bridges tools developed for the computational analysis of networked data with sociological and interdisciplinary theories of social change, power, and collective action. He also works on collaborative projects focusing on the dynamics and consequences of inequality, as well as interventions to transform systems through research, policy, and practice. Findings from these projects focused on topics including sexuality, gender, discrimination, violence, education, and health can be found in the Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Homosexuality, American Journal of Community Psychology, Children and Youth Services Review, and more.

Learn more about Alex's work here:

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=xoTSkR0AAAAJ

 
  Luke Klifman   Luke was initially drawn to network science while in graduate school at the University of Colorado Denver, where he focused his capstone project on mapping the system of behavioral health service delivery in Colorado. Luke has worked as a two-time AmeriCorps member, bourbon distiller, and budget and policy analyst for the Governor of Colorado focusing primarily on human services and public safety. He is very excited to take part in the 2018 Network Science Fellowship, and looks forward to pursuing his passions for mapping systems, analyzing groups, and understanding how to improve collaborative action. Additional areas of interest include using network science to evaluate international trade partnerships, assist in disaster planning efforts, and promote equitable health service delivery in areas with unmet need. Luke plans to return to school and pursue a PhD in public policy with a concentration on applying network science to both international relations and domestic policy.

Luke Klifman

Luke was initially drawn to network science while in graduate school at the University of Colorado Denver, where he focused his capstone project on mapping the system of behavioral health service delivery in Colorado. Luke has worked as a two-time AmeriCorps member, bourbon distiller, and budget and policy analyst for the Governor of Colorado focusing primarily on human services and public safety. He is very excited to take part in the 2018 Network Science Fellowship, and looks forward to pursuing his passions for mapping systems, analyzing groups, and understanding how to improve collaborative action. Additional areas of interest include using network science to evaluate international trade partnerships, assist in disaster planning efforts, and promote equitable health service delivery in areas with unmet need. Luke plans to return to school and pursue a PhD in public policy with a concentration on applying network science to both international relations and domestic policy.

  Nazia Hasan   Nazia is a first-year doctoral student at the University of Colorado's School of Public Affairs (SPA), with research interests in offender re-entry in community, social injustice, and inequality in education. Prior to admission, she \worked in multiple local, state, and federal government agencies in various capacities including: juvenile probation, workforce development, criminal defense investigation, and law enforcement. Nazia is an alumna of SPA; she holds a masters degree in criminal justice and a bachelors degree in Human Development from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her career goal is to examine complex research on essential matters which influence the lives of returning citizens in the community.

Nazia Hasan

Nazia is a first-year doctoral student at the University of Colorado's School of Public Affairs (SPA), with research interests in offender re-entry in community, social injustice, and inequality in education. Prior to admission, she \worked in multiple local, state, and federal government agencies in various capacities including: juvenile probation, workforce development, criminal defense investigation, and law enforcement. Nazia is an alumna of SPA; she holds a masters degree in criminal justice and a bachelors degree in Human Development from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her career goal is to examine complex research on essential matters which influence the lives of returning citizens in the community.

 
  M. Aaron Guest   Aaron is a socio-environmental gerontologist whose research interests lie at the nexus of health, identity, and the social and built environments. His research centers on how marginalized, particularly LGBT, rural older adults’ social networks affect their health and quality of life. He applies his interdisciplinary background as a community-based scholar to address health inequities, advance health equity, and improve health outcomes through decreasing disparities among rural older adults, especially in Appalachia. Aaron is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Gerontology within the Graduate Center for Gerontology at the University of Kentucky. He holds a Master of Public Health, a Master of Social Work, Graduate Certificates in gerontology and health communication, and a Bachelors in Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of South Carolina.

M. Aaron Guest

Aaron is a socio-environmental gerontologist whose research interests lie at the nexus of health, identity, and the social and built environments. His research centers on how marginalized, particularly LGBT, rural older adults’ social networks affect their health and quality of life. He applies his interdisciplinary background as a community-based scholar to address health inequities, advance health equity, and improve health outcomes through decreasing disparities among rural older adults, especially in Appalachia. Aaron is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Gerontology within the Graduate Center for Gerontology at the University of Kentucky. He holds a Master of Public Health, a Master of Social Work, Graduate Certificates in gerontology and health communication, and a Bachelors in Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of South Carolina.

  Ly Dinh   Ly is a doctoral student at the School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, working under the advisement of Professor Jana Diesner. Her current interests as well as research topic areas lie at the intersection of computational social science, network theories and applications, and organizational communication. More specifically, Ly aims to examine how research methods such as network analysis and social simulation models can be used to advance our understanding of various social and organizational systems. Her current projects place network science at the core to understand and explain a number of social/organizational phenomena ranging from egocentric networks to interagency emergency response networks. Ly is thrilled to be joining Visible Networks Lab as a Network Science Fellow.

Ly Dinh

Ly is a doctoral student at the School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, working under the advisement of Professor Jana Diesner. Her current interests as well as research topic areas lie at the intersection of computational social science, network theories and applications, and organizational communication. More specifically, Ly aims to examine how research methods such as network analysis and social simulation models can be used to advance our understanding of various social and organizational systems. Her current projects place network science at the core to understand and explain a number of social/organizational phenomena ranging from egocentric networks to interagency emergency response networks. Ly is thrilled to be joining Visible Networks Lab as a Network Science Fellow.

  Natalie DelRocco   Natalie is originally from Clearwater, Florida and attended the University of Florida where she graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Statistics. Her degree specialization was in public health communication and epidemiology. She uncovered an interest in network science early on through research projects in agricultural education and neuroscience. Natalie is currently a Ph.D. student in Biostatistics at the University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions and College of Medicine. Natalie has a passion for data analysis and enjoys spending time doing yoga, paddle boarding, and playing with her rescue puppy, Pippin.

Natalie DelRocco

Natalie is originally from Clearwater, Florida and attended the University of Florida where she graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Statistics. Her degree specialization was in public health communication and epidemiology. She uncovered an interest in network science early on through research projects in agricultural education and neuroscience. Natalie is currently a Ph.D. student in Biostatistics at the University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions and College of Medicine. Natalie has a passion for data analysis and enjoys spending time doing yoga, paddle boarding, and playing with her rescue puppy, Pippin.

  Eve Bohnett   Eve is working on her PhD in Conservation Planning at University of Florida, with a special interest in network science, connectivity, and spatial analysis of wildlife populations. She is interested in applying network science to understand how geospatial and environmental research serve as decision making criteria at the science-policy interface. This network science approach is applicable to understanding multi-scale governance at different scales like international, national, regional and local, as well as between sectors like urban planning and how these social networks facilitate effective regulatory processes.

Eve Bohnett

Eve is working on her PhD in Conservation Planning at University of Florida, with a special interest in network science, connectivity, and spatial analysis of wildlife populations. She is interested in applying network science to understand how geospatial and environmental research serve as decision making criteria at the science-policy interface. This network science approach is applicable to understanding multi-scale governance at different scales like international, national, regional and local, as well as between sectors like urban planning and how these social networks facilitate effective regulatory processes.

 

Administrative Team

  Danielle Varda |   Co-Founder and Executive Sponsor   Dr. Varda is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, with a secondary appointment in the Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Health Systems Management and Policy. She specializes in collaborative management and policy networks, focusing specifically in public health systems and services research. Her research focus is on evaluating the network structure of collaborations among public, private, and nonprofit sectors and the subsequent network effects of these recorded interactions.  Dr. Varda has developed models and methods of network measurement. For example, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she has developed a software tool (PARTNER-  www.partnertool.net  ) that allows public health departments to measure and monitor their collaborative activity over time. Dr. Varda’s PARTNER tool was featured in her first place award for the 2008 Maxwell School Collaborative Governance Initiative competition, Teaching Simulation.  In addition, she was awarded the 2009 Public Health Systems and Services Article of the Year Award by the Academy Health PHSSR interest group for her paper, “Core Dimensions of Connectivity in Public Health Collaboratives.” In 2010, she was awarded the Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Award from the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado, Denver. Her research has been funded by RWJF, The National Institute of Justice, DHHS, the Veterans Administration, the UK College of Public Health and the Department of Defense.  danielle@visiblenetworklabs.com

Danielle Varda | Co-Founder and Executive Sponsor

Dr. Varda is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, with a secondary appointment in the Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Health Systems Management and Policy. She specializes in collaborative management and policy networks, focusing specifically in public health systems and services research. Her research focus is on evaluating the network structure of collaborations among public, private, and nonprofit sectors and the subsequent network effects of these recorded interactions.

Dr. Varda has developed models and methods of network measurement. For example, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she has developed a software tool (PARTNER- www.partnertool.net ) that allows public health departments to measure and monitor their collaborative activity over time. Dr. Varda’s PARTNER tool was featured in her first place award for the 2008 Maxwell School Collaborative Governance Initiative competition, Teaching Simulation.

In addition, she was awarded the 2009 Public Health Systems and Services Article of the Year Award by the Academy Health PHSSR interest group for her paper, “Core Dimensions of Connectivity in Public Health Collaboratives.” In 2010, she was awarded the Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Award from the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado, Denver. Her research has been funded by RWJF, The National Institute of Justice, DHHS, the Veterans Administration, the UK College of Public Health and the Department of Defense.

danielle@visiblenetworklabs.com

  Stephanie Bultema |   Co-Founder and Program Director   Stephanie is Senior Research Scientist at Visible Network Labs and Senior Researcher at University of Colorado Denver’s Center on Network Science. Her research focuses on community development and designing interventions for system improvement through the study of inter-organizational networks. Stephanie has worked with dozens of public, health care, and community-based organizations on a wide range of community assessment, planning, evaluation, and capacity-building projects.  Stephanie has conducted health systems studies for Eastern Washington’s Accountable Community of Health organization; provided a wide range of data management, continuous improvement, and performance management services for Spokane County United Way’s education-focused collective impact initiative; and conducted comprehensive, multi-year program evaluations for Eastern Washington's largest food distribution center, Second Harvest of the Inland Northwest. From 2015-2017, Stephanie served as president of the School Health Care Association of Spokane County and as a member of Communities in Schools of Spokane County’s board of directors. Stephanie is currently a Ph.D. student in Public Affairs at University of Colorado Denver. She earned a B.A. in English Writing and an M.A. in Administrative Leadership from Whitworth University.  stephanie@visiblenetworklabs.com

Stephanie Bultema | Co-Founder and Program Director

Stephanie is Senior Research Scientist at Visible Network Labs and Senior Researcher at University of Colorado Denver’s Center on Network Science. Her research focuses on community development and designing interventions for system improvement through the study of inter-organizational networks. Stephanie has worked with dozens of public, health care, and community-based organizations on a wide range of community assessment, planning, evaluation, and capacity-building projects.

Stephanie has conducted health systems studies for Eastern Washington’s Accountable Community of Health organization; provided a wide range of data management, continuous improvement, and performance management services for Spokane County United Way’s education-focused collective impact initiative; and conducted comprehensive, multi-year program evaluations for Eastern Washington's largest food distribution center, Second Harvest of the Inland Northwest. From 2015-2017, Stephanie served as president of the School Health Care Association of Spokane County and as a member of Communities in Schools of Spokane County’s board of directors. Stephanie is currently a Ph.D. student in Public Affairs at University of Colorado Denver. She earned a B.A. in English Writing and an M.A. in Administrative Leadership from Whitworth University.

stephanie@visiblenetworklabs.com

  Luke Klifman |   Lead Network Data Manager   Luke was initially drawn to network science while in graduate school at the University of Colorado Denver, where he focused his capstone project on mapping the system of behavioral health service delivery in Colorado. Luke has worked as a two-time AmeriCorps member, bourbon distiller, and budget and policy analyst for the Governor of Colorado focusing primarily on human services and public safety. He is very excited to take part in the 2018 Network Science Fellowship, and looks forward to pursuing his passions for mapping systems, analyzing groups, and understanding how to improve collaborative action. Additional areas of interest include using network science to evaluate international trade partnerships, assist in disaster planning efforts, and promote equitable health service delivery in areas with unmet need. Luke plans to return to school and pursue a PhD in public policy with a concentration on applying network science to both international relations and domestic policy.  luke@visiblenetworklabs.com

Luke Klifman | Lead Network Data Manager

Luke was initially drawn to network science while in graduate school at the University of Colorado Denver, where he focused his capstone project on mapping the system of behavioral health service delivery in Colorado. Luke has worked as a two-time AmeriCorps member, bourbon distiller, and budget and policy analyst for the Governor of Colorado focusing primarily on human services and public safety. He is very excited to take part in the 2018 Network Science Fellowship, and looks forward to pursuing his passions for mapping systems, analyzing groups, and understanding how to improve collaborative action. Additional areas of interest include using network science to evaluate international trade partnerships, assist in disaster planning efforts, and promote equitable health service delivery in areas with unmet need. Luke plans to return to school and pursue a PhD in public policy with a concentration on applying network science to both international relations and domestic policy.

luke@visiblenetworklabs.com

  Alex Derr |   Research Assistant   Alex provides project support to the Network Science Fellowship, providing quality control on the PARTNER dataset. Alex is working on his M.P.A at University of Colorado Denver.  alex.derr@ucdenver.edu

Alex Derr | Research Assistant

Alex provides project support to the Network Science Fellowship, providing quality control on the PARTNER dataset. Alex is working on his M.P.A at University of Colorado Denver.

alex.derr@ucdenver.edu