The students, alumni and faculty of the School of Information comprise a dynamic community.
Meet a few members of the iSchool community who are driving the digital revolution:
Ensuring Creative Freedom: 8 Questions with Greg Chism, Assistant Professor of Practice
Assistant Professor of Practice Dr. Greg Chism focuses his teaching on data visualization, statistics and statistical learning, and social network analysis. His advice to iSchool students is straightforward: Reach out to your professors if you need assistance—something he ensures his students have the opportunity to do in his courses by providing “lab” time.
Breaking Barriers: 7 Questions with Camila Becerril, MLIS ’23 (Online)
Camila Becerril, an online student from Ogden, Utah who recently graduated from the iSchool’s Master of Arts in Library and Information Science program, shares her perspective on being a first-generation student, the essential nature of library socialism, the collaborative spirit of the UArizona MLIS program and more.
Pivoting into Data Science: 6 Questions with TikTok Data Scientist Chen Chen, MSDS ’23
Chen Chen received her Master’s in Data Science while also earning her PhD in East Asian Studies. She recently joined TikTok as a data scientist, where she develops machine learning models to enhance the effectiveness of advertisement delivery.
The Intricacies of Human Language: 5 Questions with Associate Professor Steven Bethard
Dr. Steven Bethard joined the iSchool in 2016 after serving as an assistant professor of computer and information science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His research focuses on natural language processing and machine learning theory and applications. He teaches Neural Networks, advises students in the PhD in Information and oversees student directed research.
In Service to the Public: 9 Questions with Dylan Maldonado, MLIS ’25 (Online)
Dylan Maldonado, who is originally from Tucson and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy from UArizona before pursuing an MA in Philosophy in Boston, is an online MA in Library and Information Science student interested in photography archival studies.
Embodied Archives and Bodies of Knowledge: 8 Questions with Associate Professor Jamie A. Lee, MA IRLS '11, PhD '15
Dr. Jamie A. Lee joined the iSchool in 2015, after earning their PhD in Information Resources and Library Science and Gender and Women’s Studies. Their areas of focus range from participatory research, interactive multimodality and innovative collaboration to embodied archives and bodies of knowledge—and much more.
Making Technology Accessible to All: 9 Questions with Kapua Ioane, BSIS, BACS ’23
Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Kapua Ioane earned her BS in Information Science (Emphasis in Interactive and Immersive Technologies) and BA in Computer Science in December 2023. A first-generation student whose focus is increasing accessibility in technology, she is the School of Information Fall 2023 Outstanding Senior.
From the Peace Corps to Knowledge River: 10 Questions with Bryan Armstrong, MLIS ’23
First-generation student Bryan Armstrong moved to Tucson from Cambodia, where he served in the Peace Corps, to earn his MA in Library and Information Science. A recipient of the iSchool Outstanding Graduate award, he is a participant in the Knowledge River Scholars Program.
Broadening Knowledge and Abilities: 8 Questions with Emily Rocha, MLIS '23 (Online)
Emily Rocha, a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science and Archival Studies Graduate Certificate online student, is originally from the Northern Neck, Virginia. She earned her MLIS to switch careers, and recently began work with the National Park Service as an archivist.
Information and Knowledge: Acclaimed Media Ecologist Jack Myers Offers Industry Insight in Theories of New Media Course
“Media surrounds us in all parts of our lives—and has become more pervasive,” says Jack Myers, an iSchool lecturer and instructor of ESOC 314: Theories of New Media, an engaging seminar offered to undergraduate students in Spring 2024.
A Tale of Two Brothers: Chase and Reid Pomerich’s Post-Traditional Path to iSchool Graduation
The journey from Chicago to Tucson, and ultimately to the UArizona iSchool, is a narrative of transformation, resilience and academic exploration for Bachelor of Science in Information Science graduates Chase and Reid Pomerich.
Creating Community, Online and Off: 12 Questions with Lisa Bunker, MA in Library Science '01
Lisa Bunker, a Tucson native who lived in many places before returning home to work and study, shares her fascinating experiences as a library science student, librarian at Pima County Public Library and, on her own time, "librarian in service to Harry Potter fandom."
Creative Curiosity: 9 Questions with Jacquie Kuru, BSIS '23, MSDS '25
Jacquie Kuru, who joined the iSchool's MS in Data Science program after graduating from the BS in Information Science in 2023, is originally from Gilbert, Arizona. She came to UArizona to study medicine, but found her passion for information science after taking an iSchool social media course.
T-rex in the Classroom: 9 Questions with Meaghan Wetherell, Assistant Professor of Practice
Dr. Meaghan Wetherell, who joined the iSchool in 2020, teaches undergraduate and master's online courses in data visualization and analysis, science information and presentation, and STEM games. Based in central Washington, she is also an award-winning paleontologist and freelance science writer.
A Data Science Journey: 8 Questions with Ankit Pal, MSDS '23
Ankit Pal, who graduates this December from the iSchool's MS in Data Studies program, came to Tucson after working for large technology companies in India and Japan. Originally from Karnal, Haryana, India, this semester he is participating in the UArizona Data Science Institute's Roots for Resilience research program.