I'm an associate professor in
the Department of
Computer Science at Carleton
College. My interests are focused on the structure and evolution
of social networks. I'm also generally interested in the application
of theoretical computer science to problems in a variety of other
areas, within and beyond computer science; in the past, I've worked on
problems in computational biology, complexity of games, and
Other interests, just because: Adam Gopnik,
coffeeshops, Cornell, Cornell hockey,
Cornell hockey, cricket, crossword puzzles (solving and
writing), donuts, Eddie From Ohio,
Harry Chapin, Kris
Delmhorst, the Magnetic
Fields, learning Yiddish, making lists, Quite Interesting, punting
someone who's learned a few of my tricks), road biking, Says You!, ultimate.
I'm going to be housed in the Weitz Center for Creativity for the next
few years. Come visit! Weitz 225C. But if you look for me in the
CMC, you won't find me in my old office.
- CS 108 (Life in the Age of Networks), 2/3c.
- CS 111 (Introduction to Computer Science), 1/2c.
- CS 399 (Senior Seminar), Tuesday/Thursday 2:20p–3:00p.
- First-year students are welcome in both of the above courses. CS108 is
designed for people with no background in programming or computer
science but who are interested in computation and in topics like
social networks, the spread of disease, the
structure of the web, and road networks (not to mention kidney
donation, balloon animals, and the Kevin Bacon game).
CS111 is a more traditional introduction to computer science.
It too is designed for students with no background in programming or
computer science. The course will provide an introduction to the
field of computer science, including an introduction to programming
(in the programming language Python).
- Fall 2013 office hours:
1:15–2:10p Tuesdays (Weitz 225C); 10:00a–12:00p Wednesdays
(Weitz 225C); and 3:00–4:00p Thursdays (in the CMC).
To make an appointment to meet at other times, send me an email. Give
me at least 24 hours of notice, and list several times that you
would be available to meet in your email.
- If you'd like me to write a letter of recommendation for you,
please read and follow these
- If you're an outstanding math/science student interested in the
Goldwater or the Churchill, please read the internal Carleton
and contact Mike Flynn for an appointment.
- Q: Hey you! What should I call you?
A: "David" will do quite nicely, thank you very much. "Dave"
is a perfectly fine name, but Dave ain't me. (Thanks to Charles
Leiserson for the FAQ idea.)
- Q: Hey you! I'd rather call you Professor/Doctor
Liben-Nowell. How is that pronounced?
A: It's pronounced many different ways, but the correct one
rhymes with "ribbon towel."
Department of Computer Science
One North College St.
Northfield, MN 55057
Voice: +1 507 222 4679|
Fax: +1 507 222 4312
Email: "dlibenno" concatenated with "@carleton" and then ".edu".
(For personal email, please use "dlibennowell@" concatenated with "gmail.com".)
Last updated: 28 August 2013.