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This week in education news, math that proves teachers are underpaid; how 29 year old Katie Bouman helped to capture the image of a black hole; and how STEM may help you to win next year’s March Madness bracket.

That Image Of A Black Hole You Saw Everywhere? Thank This Grad Student for Making It Possible

Three years ago, Katie Bouman led the creation of an algorithm that eventually helped capture this first-of-its-kind image: a supermassive black hole and its shadow at the center of a galaxy known as M87. She was then a graduate student in computer science and artificial intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read the article featured on CNN.com

We Cheer On Women in the Sciences, But Recruiting and Retaining Them Is Still a Different Story

It’s a great time for celebrating women in science. Unfortunately, research shows that women in STEM fields face persistent challenges and biases that limit their influence and growth, and may dissuade other women from pursuing STEM professions despite clear cultural encouragement at large. Read the article featured on CNN.com.

Here’s The Math That Proves Teachers Are Underpaid

“I see teachers as the most important resource in schools. Teachers’ impact on students persists into adulthood. Recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers in the nation’s public schools requires good working conditions, including competent and supportive leadership and a collegial environment. But pay matters.” Read more from this op-ed in the Chicago Sun Times.

​How STEM May Help You Win Next Year’s March Madness Office Pool

This year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament may be over, but the concepts of how to use statistical and mathematical analysis to predict better brackets remain. Read the article featured on TechRepublic.com.

Teach for America, Except in California

Backed by teacher unions, Democrats are pushing to ban Teach for America from California amid a wave of teacher’s strikes and a heated debate over charter schools in the nation’s most populous state. Read the article featured in Politico.

NASA Kelly twins study shows harsh effects of space flight and a brutal return to Earth

Astronaut Scott Kelly says he didn’t feel normal until eight months after he returned from the International Space Station. Read the article featured in Washington Post.

Stay tuned for next week’s top education news stories.

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