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University of Arizona

University of Arizona


Catherine F. Brooks


Associate Professor, Director, School of Information



The University of Arizona prioritizes technological development, 4th IR ventures, and data science that is socially responsible and aligned with public interests. Indication of this commitment includes the recently-funded PIT-UN project entitled: Data and Community Science: Getting minoritized undergraduates into the field of Data Science for Public Interest. We also emphasize foci on social impacts as exemplified by the recent NSF-funded Engineering Research Center for Quantum Networks. While developing the foundation for the future of quantum networking, that is, researchers are planning for changes in Internet governance and researching human-usability matters alongside the technical engineers. More information about social impacts research relative to the emerging quantum network can be found here: We see this example as a model for future University of Arizona research and training efforts that emphasize human factors alongside technical foci.

Catherine Brooks, iSchool Director & Associate Professor and Founder, Center for Digital Society and Data Studies