It’s a big week for the Science Lab as we welcome two – count ’em two! – new members to our core team – a lead developer and a community manager. Today is both of their first days, and I couldn’t be more excited to have them onboard as we ramp up our work in helping to make research more like the web. Both come to Mozilla from research positions (rather impressive ones, at that), armed with the technical chops, love of the open web and educational backgrounds, ready to help us further our mission.
We’re thrilled to welcome Abby Cabunoc (@abbycabs on Twitter) as our lead developer. Abby is a longtime contributor to open source projects to help science, and previously served as the lead developer at WormBase – an online biological database aiding nematode research based at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, she brings some serious worm knowledge to the team, as well as a background in bioinformatics and computer science. She is an active member of the Toronto software development community as a mentor and educator and has been teaching for us since February.
We’re also joined by Bill Mills, (@billdoesphysics on Twitter), who’ll be serving as our community manager. Bill comes to us from TRIUMF, a particle physics lab in Vancouver, formerly working on the ATLAS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider. He has experience as a front end developer and node.js enthusiast, is passionate about education and also serves as one of our instructors, and has been one of our super mentors for our recent code review pilot. He also, with the help of fellow Mozillian Angelina Fabbro, pulled together an engagement pilot that we’ll soon be launching that will serve up means for the community to contribute to various research projects in the open and share ideas.
Both Abby and Bill will be serving key roles in shaping and scaling our Science Lab work, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have them join us. Please join me in welcoming them to the Science Lab team!