Director of Citizen Science
The Adler Planetarium
Dr. Laura Trouille is the Director of Citizen Science at the Adler Planetarium and co-I for the Zooniverse, the leading online citizen science platform with over 45 active projects and 1.5 million registered users that have led to over 100 peer-reviewed publications to date. Zooniverse people-powered research projects span the disciplines, from classifying in GalaxyZoo.org to transcribing in DecodingtheCivilWar.org to furthering genetic research through WormWatchLab.org. While earning her Ph.D. in astronomy in 2010 studying galaxy evolution, Dr. Trouille embodied cosmic collisions as a roller derbier aptly named ‘The Big Bang’. As a CIERA Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University, Dr. Trouille continued her research on active galaxies as well as co-led the NSF-funded CT-STEM project, bringing computational thinking and modeling curricular materials to high school science and math teachers.