(1/7) So apparently some (I hope very few) people online are using the fact that I am the primary developer of the eht-imaging software library (github.com/achael/eht-ima…) to launch awful and sexist attacks on my colleague and friend Katie Bouman. Stop.
(2/7) Our papers used three independent imaging software libraries (including one developed by my friend @sparse_k). While I wrote much of the code for one of these pipelines, Katie was a huge contributor to the software; it would have never worked without her contributions and
(3/7) the work of many others who wrote code, debugged, and figured out how to use the code on challenging EHT data. With a few others, Katie also developed the imaging framework that rigorously tested all three codes and shaped the entire paper (iopscience.iop.org/article/10.384…);
(4/7) as a result, this is probably the most vetted image in the history of radio interferometry. I'm thrilled Katie is getting recognition for her work and that she's inspiring people as an example of women's leadership in STEM. I'm also thrilled she's pointing
(5/7) out that this was a team effort including contributions from many junior scientists, including many women junior scientists (facebook.com/photo.php?fbid…). Together, we all make each other's work better; the number of commits doesn't tell the full story of who was indispensable.
(6/7) So while I appreciate the congratulations on a result that I worked hard on for years, if you are congratulating me because you have a sexist vendetta against Katie, please go away and reconsider your priorities in life. Otherwise, stick around -- I hope to start tweeting
(7/7) more about black holes and other subjects I am passionate about -- including space, being a gay astronomer, Ursula K. Le Guin, architecture, and musicals. Thanks for following me, and let me know if you have any questions about the EHT! 😀📡🕳️
Of course she deserves credit but spinning it into a female success story is forcing a narrative on a project that many other faces including yourself deserve just as much if not more credit for. Thank you for clarifying facts but I still believe you deserve recognition
This could be a cool case study for your work @kate_manne. It’s especially interesting when set against the background of similarly viral team discoveries that didn’t receive backlash when the media singled out a man (e.g., LIGO GWs and Kip Thorne).
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I 💜 astrophysicists, esp. gay ones. Thx for setting the record straight in a definitive, passionate way. I do historical research on women scientists in early U.S space program. In mid-20th c. U.S., few rec'd public accolades. Attention Bouman is getting today is a sea change.💜
Still you have to admit that if we are here talking about this is because of the media attention to her. It's all over the internet and so fabricated and so one sided of the story that it is little annoying. It's not her fault, she only did her job. The media is brouhahaing this
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May I ask which quote? I'm a big fan of Always Coming Home. I married the one guy I found who had the book+tape boxed set. (Bonus: Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds.) It was accidental, sure, but it was still a sign. (You're tired of black hole questions, right?😉)
“She wept in pain, because she was free. What she had begun to learn was the weight of liberty.
Freedom is a heavy load, a great and strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It
is not a gift given, but a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one."
i'm a feminist who is very angry when innnocent men are unfairly accused. Also, in the video clip I saw earlier featuring Katie, damn, it should have included acknowledgment of *all* team members. This is my opinion. The video "featured" Katie as the sole engineer, obv wrong.
Thank you Andrew for your great and substantial work in *checks git blame* Adds model files and *digs deeper* Updates generated assets
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Katie doesn't even want to be in the spotlight like this from what I've read. There are outlets that are possibly making it sound like a lone wolf effort which is not the case, but to try and rile up someone against their own team member like people have been trying to do is low.
Thanks! I think there’s a more nuanced discourse to be had over the (instrumental) value of assigning a human face to scientific discoveries such that the public can better relate to them—conditioned on the unequal representation of a team. But that’d be a paper length project!
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The nobel prize is always given to the head of the team instead of the entire team. So it looks like ONE person did all the work, even though it was a team effort, like most science is today.
If she ever gets a prize for her work noone else will be mentioned in the news reports
This is the case with almost every scientific finding or event that reaches the lay press. The principal investigator does the talking.
And the press oversimplifies it. "The man behind this", "scientist does that". The fact that you are *only now* bothered by it is significant.
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