Bryan Dosono is a PhD student in Information Science and Technology at Syracuse University. Dosono received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington with honors in Informatics: Human-Computer Interaction. He seeks to understand how Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) construct and express their identity in online communities and his dissertation research uncovers the ways in which AAPIs negotiate collective action in the context of online identity work.


Ginger Peterman is a junior scholar in the BITS lab at the iSchool of Syracuse University. She is interested in contextual analysis of behavior, information, technology, and society to guide her collaborative efforts in solving PTSD with individualized medicine. Her end goal is to create Solo, a wearable medical device for veterans. She envisions revolutionizing mental and behavioral health care by putting the patient in control of accountability. Ginger is a creative nonfiction author of her personal struggle with overcoming MST, a journey in progress. She 'bleeds Orange' with an MS Engineering Management, BS Bioengineering/Writing and Rhetoric. Ginger believes in the value of social entrepreneurship to nudge resilience which can lead veterans away from suicidal ideation, despite their moral injuries past.


Jiyoung Lee is a Ph.D. student at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University. Her research interests lie in risk communication in the context of international societies and interactive media including social media, and how emotions are generated and spread (amplification and contagion) among public. Furthermore, she is interested in suggesting what appropriate action should be taken by the public or media professionals to avoid such confusing situations. Her dissertation focuses on viral messages in social media under crisis situations and how emotions could burgeon once they begin spreading to public.


Kelly Bova is a 2nd year undergraduate student at SU who has recently jumped majors from Biology to Computer Art and Animation. She has lifelong interests in nature, animals, and storytelling through visual art, and is hoping to effectively learn how to combine her passions into an impactful career. On the flipside, she's also very interested in how technology and social media continue to change the ways that artists interact with each other and their clients, in parallel with how online identities are formed and maintained, and the socio-psychological implications of these modern behaviors.


Kirti Sharma joined the School of Information Studies in 2017 and is currently pursuing Masters in Information Management with a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Information Security. She was a bioinformatics major and is very interested in the culmination of technology and statistics. She is looking forward to analyzing the data and finding patterns and meanings in the research. She is fascinated to learn how technology influences the lives of those in transition. Having dealt professionally with IT clients for almost six years, she finds it interesting to observe how technology affects the personal lives of people.


Kobby Tettey is a first-year Masters student in the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University. He is currently pursuing a degree in Information Management with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction and is working as a Faculty Assistant for Bryan Semaan. Kobby has a keen interest in user experience and interface design. He hopes to adopt new research methodologies that will enable him to study the use of technology in under served communities.


Nicole Valinote is an undergratute junior at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She is majoring in Newspaper and Online Journalism. She has gained reporting experience working for publication at the Daily Orange and The Record-Review, a legacy newspaper in Katonah, NY, as well as writing a beat on SU's ROTC for a previous reporting course at SU. She is passionate about writing and reporting, and loves learning people's stories.


Sarah Bratt is a PhD student at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. She holds a B.S. in Philosophy at Ithaca College, and M.S. in Library and Information Science with a Data Science certificate from Syracuse University. As an HCI research assistant at the Media Interface Network Design (M.I.N.D.) Lab at Newhouse and with the Syracuse University iSchool in network science and CSCW. Her research focuses on scientific communication, data science, and online communities.