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"We can feel the heartbeats of the crunch for science."
By: Jerome Doussy
12 Mar 2019   

Meet Jerome Doussy, a volunteer from France who shares his own words why he supports World Community Grid and scientific research.

My name is Jérôme Doussy. I'm French and I live near Bordeaux. I work in the industrial sector for the Mondelez International company. I'm 43 years old and a father of two lovable children. My hobbies include computers, science, astronomy, photography, and sports.

I started distributed computing with the SETI@Home project as an astronomy fan more than 10 years ago. I felt concerned with the fact that humanity is not alone in our universe, so helping scientists with SETI@Home and BOINC (the software that World Community Grid and other distributed computing projects are run on) was quite an obvious choice for me.

It was at this time that I met Thomas H.V. Dupont, who recruited me to his former team on the SETI@Home project, BRIGADE DU COSMOS (BDC). After a time, the BDC team was dissolved because we wanted to turn to distributed computing projects which address more tangible issues. So CRUNCHERS SANS FRONTIERES (CSF) was born--a dynamic team of dedicated people and serious crunchers.

We joined World Community Grid because it seemed to us to be a serious entity with great scientists, great staff behind the scenes, great scientific feedback, and a great community of crunchers. Besides, it deals with many of the serious diseases all around the world, such as AIDS, Zika, Ebola, and cancer. Overcoming these deadly diseases via distributed computing instills a new dynamic and a new hope. We can do something to help so let's go!

I was deeply interested personally in the cancer projects because cancer killed my grandmother and almost killed my mother... along with millions of other people.

In CRUNCHERS SANS FRONTIERES, we can feel the heartbeats of the Crunch for Science. It's in our DNA. We are not a large team, but we are deeply concerned and aware of the importance of the projects we support. We are an international team, and we organize challenges such as THOR CHALLENGE or ATHENA TROPHY to help motivate World Community Grid crunchers to remain very active.

The CSF team is my engine and especially a second family. Each member has the same purpose and it make me feel important and keeps me motivated! I'm very proud to have a chance to help scientific research on disease with World Community Grid. It's a great opportunity for ordinary people to contribute to the building of a better world...it's priceless for sure!

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