Jeffery Hemsley is a founding member of the Behavior, Information, Technology and Society Laboratory (BITS lab) here at the Syracuse iSchool. An Assistant Professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. He is a social scientist who draws on theories from sociology and communication to study social media. His current research looks at information diffusion in social media networks, with an emphasis on social movements and political events. He is co-author of the bookGoing Viral (Polity Press, 2013 and winner of ASIS&TBest Science Books of 2014Information award and selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2014), which explains what virality is, how it works technologically and socially, and draws out the implications of this process for social change.


Jennifer Stromer-Galley is Professor in the School of Information Studies and one of the three founding memebers of the BITS Lab. Director for the Center for Computational and Data Sciences. She is an affiliated faculty member with the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies and with the Department of Political Science, and she is President of the Association of Internet Researchers. Stromer-Galley is Principal Investigator of an $11.5 million project called Trackable Reasoning and Analysis for Collaboration and Evaluation (TRACE) project. Funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Program Activity (IARPA), the project aims to experiment with reasoning, reporting, and crowdsourcing techniques to improve analysis (read more). Mentoring the next generation of scholars and social entrepreneurs is something she particularly enjoys.


Bryan Semaan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University (SU). Prior to joining the iSchool he was a Postdoc in the Department of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he collaborated with Dr. Scott Robertson. He obtained his Ph.D from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where he worked with Dr. Gloria Mark. He also graduated with a B.S. in Information and Computer Science from UCI in 2005. He is also a Research Associate with the Institute for Veteran and Military Families (IVMF) and a Research Associate with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). He is interested in the general areas of computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), human-computer interaction (HCI), and social computing/social media.