We know have one more image of a black hole shadow and the snapshot of the material orbiting around the black hole. The Event Horizon Telescope now has the best image of the black hole in the heart of our Galaxy (Sgr A*) Image credit: EHT Collaboration

First inperson research group meeting since March 2020. We talked about writing tips, tricks, tools, styles, etc. It was a nice discussion.

Organized what turned into a mini-3 hour hack sprint on a code my research group and collaborators are developing. The group got a bunch of things ticked off the development todo list

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@megschwamb I try to always have an alternative available so I don’t fall back into work out of default. I find I have to be _very_ intentional in what I choose, and it took a lot of exploration to find them. Now, my toolkit contains playing music, read the local news, and listen to at least one podcast episode on a walk.

Set up my laptop and phone to today ignore notifications from email in the morning until an hour when I would be in the “office”. Aim is that I am only start dealing with email at 9am or later. I usually jump in once I am awake between 5-8am.

Partially trying to carve out some non-thinking about work time in the morning and also maybe build in some thinking time for research

Lecture 2 of the grad astro outreach and communication skills module is in the bag. Students gave mini-practice talks and got feedback. We talked about different types of professional talks and also about poster designs.

Next week is all about social media both for science communication and networking and outline outreach.

This came in the mail today. My group will be reading through this book over the summer starting in June.

"Women who reported that their classrooms communicated a fixed mindset and that negative stereotypes were widespread showed an eroding sense that they belonged in math during the semester, and they were less likely to express a desire to take math in the future. Women who said that their classrooms promoted
a growth mindset were less susceptible to the negative effects of stereotypes, and they were
more likely to intend to continue to take math in the future. "

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More from this report:

"That is, believing in the potential for intellectual growth, in and of itself, improves outcomes.
This is true for all students, but it is particularly helpful for girls in mathematics, where negative stereotypes persist about their abilities. By creating a “growth mindset” environment,
teachers and parents can encourage girls’ achievement and interest in math and science."

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"One finding shows that when teachers and parents tell girls that their intelligence can expand with experience and learning, girls do better on math tests and are more likely to say they want to continue to study math in the future.”


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Great teaching is not enough if you have society and educators (including principals and headmistresses) constantly sending messages saying that girls should not and do not go into the field because it too hard a subject for them.

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