Northwestern researcher to present Ruckman Lecture Oct. 5

Northwestern researcher to present Ruckman Lecture Oct. 5

Dr. Laura Trouille, VP of Citizen Science, Adler Planetarium, Northwestern University
Laura Trouille, director of citizen science at Northwestern University's Adler Planetarium.

Laura Trouille, director of citizen science at Northwestern University's Adler Planetarium, will present the university's annual Ruckman Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Nebraska Union Auditorium.

The lecture, "Unlocking Data Through Zooniverse: Science with 1.7 Million Volunteers,” is free and open to the public.

Trouille will discuss discoveries and highlights from Zooniverse.org, the world’s largest platform for online citizen science. Zooniverse engages more than 1.7 million people around the world in over 80 active projects, such as tagging animals in wildlife images, identifying new exoplanets, transcribing artists' notebooks, detecting gamma rays, and tracking resistance to antibiotics.

The talk will also examine how Zooniverse has helped transform the way scientists do research and engage the public in science, along with spotlighting some upcoming opportunities in the field of citizen science.

Trouille's appearance is sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education. For more information about the lecture, contact Kevin Lee at 402-472-3686 or klee@unl.edu.