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Hi, my name’s Tim Gorichanazgor-SHON-iz. I’m curious, in both senses of the word: I have a lot of questions, and they say I’m a little on the weird side. In my writing, research and teaching, I'd like to spark a little more wonder in all of us.

I teach and conduct research at Drexel University in the College of Computing and Informatics, where I am an Assistant Teaching Professor.

I also write essays and fiction and run ultramarathons. Sometimes I run while I'm writing, and sometimes I do research about running. Sometimes I do other things, like practice classical guitar.

What I'm Up To

Here is more about me now (inspired by Derek Sivers).

Reading: I read 80–100 books every year. One book I'd recommend is Humankind: A Hopeful History, by Rutger Bregman. This book engages with the question: What could the world be like if humans were actually kind by nature? And what if that was actually true?

Location: I live with my husband and my cat in West Philadelphia, where I appreciate the trees and tilted sidewalks. I moved here from Wisconsin in 2014.

Teaching: At Drexel, I teach courses on various aspects of ethics and design in human–computer interaction and user experience. I also work with the Teaching and Learning Center as a teaching consultant.

Research: I have a PhD in information studies, and I study people's experiences with information and technology. I'm particularly interested in how we can design systems to help us become better people, applying the philosophy of the virtues to design.

Running: I started running when I was 20, and I’ve grown to love it. I generally run one or two 100-mile races a year now, plus a medley of shorter races. My most recent 100 mile was Indiana Trail 100. My next ultra on the books is Gorge Waterfalls 100K in April 2023.

Writing: I’m a congenital fiction writer. I've written a number of novels (currently working on a mythic fantasy series), though I've never gotten them traditionally published. Some of my short stories have appeared in literary magazines. An interesting one to start with is The River God. In addition to fiction, I write essays and poetry, some of which have also been published.

Guitar: I’ve monkeyed around on the guitar since about eighth grade, but I didn’t practice with gusto until I started my PhD program. (Correlation?) I more recently discovered a love for classical guitar, and I'm studying at Classical Guitar Corner. I'm working toward my Grade 3 Exam.