Tucson Festival of Books

Aomawa Shields



Steven Meckler

Rincon Research Corporation

Aomawa Shields is an astronomer, an astrobiologist, the Clare Boothe Luce Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine and a classically-trained actor. She was named a 2015 TED Fellow and is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award, and NASA Habitable Worlds and Exoplanets Research Program grants, among others. She is the founder and director of Rising Stargirls, a program dedicated to encouraging girls of all colors and backgrounds to learn, explore and discover the universe using theater, writing and visual art. Her book, "Life on Other Planets: A Memoir of Finding My Place in the Universe," was published by Viking in July 2023.

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Awards: NSF Career Award; 2015 TED Fellow

Communities: African American


Scheduled events:
They Walked the Road Less Traveled
Meet three women with very different backgrounds who faced crossroads and made choices -- both personally and professionally -- to succeed in fields not traditionally welcoming to women: technology, screenwriting and astrobiology.

Student Union Tucson Room (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez, Patty Lin, Aomawa Shields
Moderator: Laura Penny
Looking Beyond the Stars
Award-winning space scientists Aomawa Shields and Dante Lauretta sit down with Science Dean Carmala Garzione and share the stories that shaped them to do the extraordinary.

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 195)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Science City (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Dante Lauretta, Aomawa Shields
Moderator: Carmala Garzione

Book:
Life on Other Planets
A Memoir of Finding My Place in the Universe
Science / Medicine / Technology
Penguin Publishing Group
June 2023
ISBN 9780593299180
288 pages
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