What is an Information Services Coordinator you ask? Well, here at the DMC, it is the person responsible for Web site development and maintenance, publications, software interface development, interaction with the user community, and many, many other community related services (including this newsletter). Debbie was hired in 1995 and immediately charged with getting the IRIS Web sites out of the “blink” stage and into the mainstream. She is also responsible for the FDSN Web site and the AGU Seismology Section site.
Debbie was born in Binghamton, NY, but spent her formative years in Florida. She attended the University of Florida and has a master’s degree in Audiology. She moved to New York in 1986 and spent years as a contributor to the urban congestion of New York City before changing careers and taking a job with the Borehole Research Group at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory as a Database Analyst. It is at Lamont that she began developing for the Web and where she first became aware of the existence of IRIS. Debbie is married to Mick Van Fossen, a former paleomagnetist turned software developer. They are often found hanging out in the lovely Seattle weather with their 8-year-old daughter Zoë, Deb’s dad, Ursa the golden retriever, 2 goldfish, and several thousand slugs.
by Deborah Barnes (IRIS Data Management Center)