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Dr. Katie Bouman

It’s the start of Photography Month at Gal’s Guide and Bonnie starts us off with an image that took thousands of terabytes of data to produce – it’s the first image of a black hole! Bonnie talks about Dr. Katie Bouman the adorkable face of the team that made the impossible, possible!

Show Notes & Extras

  • New research theme – Photography Gals!
  • This month’s Gal-Pals are: Dr. Leah Leach, Bonnie Fillenwarth, Katie Harris and Jenn Berk
  • Jenn was on Dirty Dancing episode of Kate’s Take!
  • Bonnie’s 1 Cool Photographer Gal is Dr. Katie Bouman
  • In 2019 she and her team photographed a black hole
  • Born in West Lafayette (Yay for an Indiana gal!)
  • Mathematical Science
  • We ask Bonnie too many questions at the start
  • “I reached too much nerd” Leah
  • Ted Talks (videos below)
  • It’s a team sport!
  • The science behind the photo
  • A telescope the size of Earth or…
  • Computational telescope
  • 4-5 teams with their own images based on the data
  • Thousands of terabytes of data
  • Margaret Hamilton comparison (picture below)
  • Black hole picture (below)
  • Not just a pretty picture
  • It’s moving!
  • 4 days in the life
  • Backlash
  • Dad taught at Purdue
  • U of M and MIT
  • NASA Library for Gal’s Guide (hopefully)
  • CLARRIFICATION: M87 is the name of the black hole



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