February 7, 2019

Micaela Parker (left) and Sarah Stone enjoy a gathering at the WRF Data Science Studio. Photo, Robin Brooks

Micaela Parker (left) and Sarah Stone enjoy a gathering at the WRF Data Science Studio. Photo, Robin Brooks

Micaela Parker, eScience co-executive director with Sarah Stone, will be transitioning to a new position beginning the week of Feb. 11, 2019. Over the past year, she has been holding two joint appointments: as the eScience co-executive director and as the program coordinator for the Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments (MSDSE) where she has been spearheading the community building efforts.

As the needs of the national data science community continue to grow, Dr. Parker has decided to shift fully to her MSDSE job, working directly with Chris Mentzel and Josh Greenberg of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, respectively. During her transition, she will continue to assist eScience as a fiscal and strategic associate. Dr. Stone will take over all aspects of the executive director position for eScience.

This decision to transition out of eScience was incredibly difficult for Dr. Parker. In an announcement email to the eScience community, she writes: “I have come to know all of you as my work family and will miss you all dearly!! It has been such a pleasure working with you these last 5 years… Thank you for all the wonderful memories!”

She goes on to remind us of the achievements eScience has accomplished together as a community since she and Sarah started as co-program managers five years ago: the Data Science for Social Good program, the continued success of the Winter Incubator program, many hackweeks, and the 2018 UW Data Science Summit. She is particularly proud of the work she has done to build the communities and advocate for eScience postdoctoral fellows and staff data and research scientists.

When she is not traveling, Dr. Parker will still be around the Studio over the next several months as she makes the transition. She is excited to remain a part of the eScience community and continue to keep up with the research and new programs that eScience is launching, such as the Industry Affiliates program and our new Special Interest Groups (SIGs). She will continue to be engaged with eScience through MSDSE activities such as the annual summit.