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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.
Awards: NSF Career Award; 2015 TED Fellow
Communities: African American