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Liz Murnane

Assistant professor, Engineering

Director, Empower Lab

Liz specializes in human-computer interaction, information science, and social computing, focusing on applications in healthcare, STEM education, and environmental sustainability. Her primary expertise is in the domain of digital health, working to develop health monitoring and behavioral intervention technologies that emphasize inclusive design, patient empowerment, and health equity.

Before joining the Dartmouth faculty, Liz was a postdoctoral scholar in Computer Science at Stanford University and received her PhD in Information Science from Cornell University. After completing her undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at MIT, she also spent 4 years as the lead engineer and head of experimental features of a CSAIL startup that built interactive visualization tools to help software developers make sense of complex codebases. Liz鈥檚 work continues to promote translational approaches that seek opportunities to meaningfully engage with and positively shape industry practices, local communities, and policy-making.

Fun facts! Liz grew up on the beach 馃彇, loves to play volleyball 馃彁, and her favorite music is industrial metal 馃槇.


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Liz appears in spread on new Dartmouth faculty

Dartmouth News has a feature welcoming incoming faculty, including their reflections on how creativity drives their research and teaching. Article here.

March 24, 2021

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Liz featured as one of 11 faculty named to endowed chairs

Dartmouth News has featured Liz and her endowed appointment to the Charles H. Gaut and Charles A. Norberg Assistant Professorship, which she's incredibly honored to receive. Article here.

October 5, 2020

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National Academy of Sciences chapter now available

The NAS Mobile Technology for Adaptive Aging report has been published! Liz contributed a chapter on mobile and sensor technology (available here).

September 25, 2020

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Liz featured in Thayer News as a new faculty member

Thayer News has a feature on Liz joining the Engineering Faculty! Article here.

August 12, 2020

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Paper accepted at IDC 2020

Paper with Stanford collaborators on the development of interactive narratives for math learning (available here) as been accepted to Interaction Design and Children (IDC) 2020!

March 23, 2020

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WhoIsZuki gets a Best Paper Award at CHI 2020!

Our paper on designing narrative-based feedback to motivate behavior (available here has received a CHI 2020 Best Paper Award (less than top 1% of submissions). Extremely thankful for the recognition and appreciation of the hard work that involved a multi-year effort of an amazing team.

March 6, 2020

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Interactions special issue on Inbodied Interaction is out

The multi-institution collaboration to create a special topic spread on Inbodied Interaction is now available in the March-April 2020 issue of ACM Interactions magazine! An interactive PDF of the full special topic is available here. Liz contributed to two pieces, one on deliberately exploring and using discomfort to support adaptation and recovery (available here and another on chronobiology-friendly technology (available here)

February 25, 2020

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Two papers appearing at CHI 2020

We have two papers accepted to CHI 2020! One article is with Stanford collaborators about the design of personalized, narrative-based interfaces to motivate physical activity available here, and the other is with colleagues at the University of Washington and the University of Colorado Boulder on the privacy practices of people managing bipolar disorder available here.

January 16, 2020

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Liz presenting to National Academies

Liz is traveling to Washington D.C. to present at an NIA-sponsored National Academies of Sciences workshop on mobile technology for adaptive aging. Publication and presentation available here. After her D.C. trip, Liz is headed up to Hanover to participate in a few GrantGPS workshops and do a little apartment hunting.

December 9, 2019

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Liz is joining Dartmouth!

Liz has accepted Thayer's offer to join the faculty as the Charles H. Gaut Charles H. Norberg Assistant Professor of Engineering! She'll be deferring the appointment for one year, to wrap up her postdoc at Stanford while ramping up the new Empower Lab at Dartmouth. Squee :)

June 1, 2019


Narrative-Based Visual Feedback to Encourage Sustained Physical Activity: A Field Trial of the WhoIsZuki Mobile Health Platform

Elizabeth L Murnane, Yekaterina S Glazko, Jean Costa, Raymond Yao, Grace Zhao, Paula ML Moya, James A Landay

Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies

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Leveraging Mobile Technology for Public Health Promotion: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

Jennifer L Hicks, Melissa A Boswell, Tim Althoff, Alia J Crum, Joy P Ku, James A Landay, Paula ML Moya, Elizabeth L Murnane, Michael P Snyder, Abby C King, Scott L Delp

Annual Review of Public Health

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Effects of Wearable Fitness Trackers and Activity Adequacy Mindsets on Affect, Behavior, and Health: Longitudinal Randomized Controlled Trial

Octavia Hedwig Zahrt, Kristopher Evans, Elizabeth Murnane, Erik Santoro, Michael Baiocchi, James Landay, Scott Delp, Alia Crum

Journal of Medical Internet Research

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A study of the role of indoor nature on solidarity and group identity during remote work

Eva Bianchi, Laura S.P. Bloomfield, Lucy Z. Bencharit, Basma Altaf, Nik A. Sawe , Elizabeth L. Murnane, James A. Landay, Sarah L. Billington

Building and Environment

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A Political Theory of Engineered Systems and A Study of Engineering and Justice Workshops

Dominic Carrese, Elizabeth Murnane

Sprout: Using a Garden Metaphor to Visualize and Support Customizable and Collaborative Health Tracking

Pape Sow Traor茅, Elizabeth L. Murnane

Dartmouth College Dartmouth Digital Commons - Master鈥檚 Theses

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Time perception during the pandemic: A longitudinal study examining the role of indoor and outdoor nature exposure for remote workers

Altaf, B., Bloomfield, L. S., Karzai, D. N., Sawe, N. A., Murnane, E. L., Bencharit, L. Z., Landay, J. A., Billington, S. L.

Building and Environment (243)

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Mapping the Design Space of Technology-based Solutions for Better Chronic Pain Care: Introducing the Pain Tech Landscape

Mary R Janevic, Elizabeth Murnane, Roger B Fillingim, Robert D Kerns, M Cary Reid

Psychosomatic Medicine 85(7):p 612-618

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Co-Creating a Framework to Integrate Sustainable Design into Product Development Practice: Case Study at an Engineering Consultancy Firm

Tejaswini Chatty, Will Harrison, Hana H Ba-Sabaa, Jeremy Faludi, Elizabeth L Murnane


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Smartphone鈥恇ased ecological momentary assessment to study 鈥渟canxiety鈥 among adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer: A feasibility study

Lauren C Heathcote, Sarah J Cunningham, Sarah N Webster, Vivek Tanna, Elia Mattke, Nele Loecher, Sheri L Spunt, Pamela Simon, Gary Dahl, Marta Walentynowicz, Elizabeth Murnane, Perri R Tutelman, Lidia Schapira, Laura E Simons, Claudia Mueller


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Use of Crowdsourced Online Surveys to Study the Impact of Architectural and Design Choices on Well-being

Basma Altaf, Eva LS Bianchi, Isabella P Douglas, Kyle Douglas, Brandon Byers, Pablo E Parades, Nicole M Ardoin, Hazel R Markus, Elizabeth L Murnane, Lucy Z Bencharit, James A Landay, Sarah L Billington

Frontiers in Sustainable Cities

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Physical workplaces and human well-being: A mixed-methods study to quantify the effects of materials, windows, and representation on biobehavioral outcomes

Isabella P Douglas, Elizabeth L Murnane, Lucy Zhang Bencharit, Basma Altaf, Jean Marcel dos Reis Costa, Jackie Yang, Meg Ackerson, Charu Srivastava, Michael Cooper, Kyle Douglas, Jennifer King, Pablo E Paredes, Nicholas P Camp, Matthew Louis Mauriello, Nicole M Ardoin, Hazel Rose Markus, James A Landay, Sarah L Billington

Building and Environment

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Ten questions concerning human-building interaction research for improving the quality of life

Bur莽in Becerik-Gerber, Gale Lucas, Ashrant Aryal, Mohamad Awada, Mario Berges, Sarah L Billington, Olga Boric-Lubecke, Ali Ghahramani, Arsalan Heydarian, Farrokh Jazizadeh, Ruying Liu, Runhe Zhu, Frederick Marks, Shawn Roll, Mirmahdi Seyedrezaei, John E Taylor, Christoph H枚elscher, Azam Khan, Jared Langevin, Matthew Louis Mauriello, Elizabeth Murnane, Haeyoung Noh, Marco Pritoni, Davide Schaumann, Jie Zhao

Building and Environment

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The field of human building interaction for convergent research and innovation for intelligent built environments

Burcin Becerik-Gerber, Gale Lucas, Ashrant Aryal, Mohamad Awada, Mario Berg茅s, Sarah Billington, Olga Boric-Lubecke, Ali Ghahramani, Arsalan Heydarian, Christoph H枚elscher, Farrokh Jazizadeh, Azam Khan, Jared Langevin, Ruying Liu, Frederick Marks, Matthew Louis Mauriello, Elizabeth Murnane, Haeyoung Noh, Marco Pritoni, Shawn Roll, Davide Schaumann, Mirmahdi Seyedrezaei, John E Taylor, Jie Zhao, Runhe Zhu

Scientific Reports

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Designing narrative-based interfaces for collective action: A case study using Amazon, climate change, and consumer behavior

Catherine Parnell, Elizabeth Murnane

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Examining the User Experience of Life Cycle Assessment Tools and Their Ability to Cater to Ecodesign in Early-Stage Product Development Practice

Tejaswini Chatty, Yingkun Qu, Hana H Ba-Sabaa, Elizabeth L Murnane

Proceedings of the Design Society

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Discomfort design

Mc schraefel, Aaron Tabor, Elizabeth L. Murnane

Interactions (IX) 路 27(2) Pages 40鈥45 路 ACM 路 2020

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Inbodied interaction design example: chronobiology-friendly technology

Elizabeth L. Murnane

Interactions (IX) 路 27(2) Pages 54鈥55 路 ACM 路 2020

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Designing Ambient Narrative-Based Interfaces to Reflect and Motivate Physical Activity

Elizabeth L. Murnane, Xin Jiang, Anna Kong, Michelle Park, Weili Shi, Connor Soohoo, Luke Vink, Iris Xia, Xin Yu, John Yang-Sammataro, Grace Young, Jenny Zhi, Paula Moya, James A. Landay

Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 路 Pages 1鈥14 路 ACM 路 2020

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Mobile and Sensor Technology as a Tool for Health Measurement, Management, and Research with Aging Populations

Elizabeth L. Murnane, Tanzeem Choudhury

Mobile Technology for Adaptive Aging 路 Pages 41鈥65 路 National Academies Press 路 2020

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Understanding Physical Practices and the Role of Technology in Manual Self-Tracking

Parastoo Abtahi, Victoria Ding, Anna. C. Yang, Tommy Bruzzese, Alyssa B. Romanos, Elizabeth L. Murnane, Sean Follmer, James A. Landay

Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT) 路 4(4), Pages 1鈥24 路 2020

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