Meet the Team: Darren McRoy

Today we have the next installment of our Meet the Planet Four Team series, featuring Darren McRoy from the Zooniverse team.


Name: Darren McRoy

What is your current position and where/institution?

I am currently the Zooniverse Community Builder at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, IL.

Where are you originally from/where did you grow up?

I was born in Beverly, MA, and raised in Andover, MA. I moved to IL to attend Northwestern University, starting in 2006.

In 3 lines explain what you do as part of the Zooniverse development team?

My primary role is to be a liaison with our citizen science community as we continue to expand the Zooniverse in exciting new directions. I also assist in general communications efforts, such as producing and editing written content for projects. Currently, I am working closely with our designers and developers on the next generation of Zooniverse’s Talk discussion system.

Why do you find interesting about Mars?

Both the possibility of human habitation and the incredible barriers that exist towards making it a reality.

What is your favorite movie?

Airplane! (1980)

What is your favorite book?

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1961)

What is the song you currently can’t get out of your head?

“And Then There Was Silence,” Blind Guardian, A Night at the Opera, 2002

 What three albums would you bring with you to a desert island?

Land of the Free, Gamma Ray, 1995

The River, Bruce Springsteen, 1980

Thriller, Michael Jackson, 1982

Favorite cocktail or beverage?

Any witbier/Belgian white beer

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