Aomawa L. Shields

Aomawa L. Shields is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at UC Irvine. Her research is focused on exploring the climate and habitability of small exoplanets, using data from observatories including NASA's Kepler spacecraft. Shields was a 2015 TED Fellow https://www.ted.com/speakers/aomawa_shields, and is active in science communication and outreach http://www.risingstargirls.org. She develops interactive workshops to encourage self-esteem and teach about astronomy, combines her training in theater and her career in astronomy.