As the first black hole picture was revealed this week, another image began making its way around the internet: a photograph of a young scientist, interfering with his hands over and over with a clear image of a light orange ring, turning around a dark dark abys.
Photo was too good not to share. The scientist, Katie Bouman, a postdoctoral man who helped the project, was an instant hero for STEM women and girls, a reception symbol in a hungry world for representation.
Public people from Washington learned to Hollywood her name. And some counsel who knew how the history of women's contributions could write, moved to ensure that she had received the recognition she deserved. However, because of their desire to celebrate, many social media scientists played their part in a group effort made by hundreds of people, creating an exaggerated understanding of how the photo was divided and restored.
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The project, led by Shep Doeleman, an astronomer in the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysics Center, work more than 200 researchers . About 40 of these were women, according to the Harvard Black Hole Initiative.
“Women are involved in every step of this wonderful project,” said Sara Issaoun, 24, a graduate student at Radboud University in the Netherlands who worked the research. “As a woman in STEM herself, it is good to have role models that young girls and young boys can look up to.”
But Ms Issaoun warned of the story of “single-wolf success”. “It is worth celebrating the diversity and group effort and the breadth of our co-operation,” she said.
To capture an image of a black hole – a mysterious phenomenon which has long been considered unseen – scientists used eight observational radio around the globe to observe and leave the galaxy for 10 days in a month April 2017. They then undertook the careful effort to process huge amounts of data and map it into an image.
Dr. Bouman, who is an early assistant professor at the California Institute of Technology, played a significant role in the imaging process, which researchers were breaking into teams to map the data and comparing and testing the images they created.
She was in charge of developing an algorithm to build a picture of a black hole, which was the subject of her TED Talk in 2016, her colleagues said that the technique was not finally used to create this particular image . 19659004] Following the publicity of his smiling face across Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and news sites around the world, Dr. Bouman's traffic requests Thursday. In a Facebook post, she said: “This image was not made by any algorithm or person. He claimed a wonderful talent team of scientists from all over the world. “
“ I was honored, ”she said,“ and I am lucky to have the opportunity to work with you all. ”19659002] Other women on the project also celebrated this week when labor intensive years were published.
“Actually, it was a dream,” Sandra Bustamante, a telescope instructor who worked on the project, said in an interview this week
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In an interview Thursday, Dr. Jones said. Ozel found it exciting to see people interested in the role of women in science, but she stressed the contributions of other women and men. This included one of her male graduate students, who took many trips to the South Pole, where one of the telescopes was located.
“I think this is a credit to any individual – whether a woman or a young man or a young
Penn Sheppard, who works with Girls Inc., said that it empowers young women and their young people. After-school programs offer support to girls learning in science, technology, engineering and maths, that Dr Bouman's story lay in an industry where women are under-represented – and in a world where their scientific contributions have gone without acknowledgment historical.
“It was an opportunity for a competent woman to see a significant role, and to acknowledge her in that role,” she said. “This is significant because young girls and boys are starting to see that women are scientists – not only can you be, but you are.”
Ms. Issaoun said she wanted to celebrate the success of different scientists' collaborations, but said that she understood why Dr. Bouman is viral.
“We love this photo too, because she's so happy,” said Ms Issaoun, who said she got bullets when she saw the image of a black hole. “I think its expression shows how we all felt when we first saw it.”