Black Holes, Galaxies, and Exoplanets

May 01, 2018

Make+Think+Code is delighted to invite you to a wonderful talk (cosponsored with sigma Xi) at 7pm on May 7th in PNCA's Mediatheque focused on crowd sourcing and citizen science.  

Black Holes, Galaxies and Exoplanets in Your Backyard by Dr Brooke Simmons

It has become clear over the last decades that super-massive black holes coevolve with the galaxies that surround them. But just how has this growth and co-evolution taken place over 8 billion years? Using Hubble Space Telescope and Sloan Digital Sky Survey data, Dr. Simmons identified galaxies that have had a completely calm history, yet have black hole masses of up to 107 solar masses. In this talk, Dr. Simmons will also demonstrate the Zooniverse project builder, based on the Galaxy Zoo project which contributed to her research findings - a highly cited project that mobilizes the public to visually classify galaxies.

After the talk, we will have a reception with snacks and beverages and view the wonderful visuals students have created for the Sensing the Environment project.

We will also meet with Dr. Simmons in the lab at 3:30 to summarize our progress with the bird calls and air pollution monitors and she will help us strategize how to use crowdsourcing for data identification in our project.