Selected Press Coverage

SciFri Picks: 2023 Science Books,” Science Friday, December 14, 2023

The 18 best bios & memoirs of 2023,” Audible blog, November 8, 2023

Having a bad day? Cheer up with one of these books with pick-me-up power“, USA Today, September 7, 2023

I’m one of only 26 Black women astrophysicists in America. Acting helped me overcome the stereotypes I felt as a woman of color in STEM.”, Insider, August 11, 2023

Actress who found true stardom in the Stars”, Mail on Sunday, August 6, 2023

The Best Memoirs By Women Still to Come in 2023“, Glamour Magazine, July 28, 2023

Only 26 Black Women Have Ever Become Astrophysicists in the U.S. Here’s One’s Story“, Scientific American, July 24, 2023

St. Louis area Bestseller List“, Publishers Weekly, July 23, 2023

Life on Other Planets: A Memoir of Finding My Place in the Universe“, Houston Style Magazine, July 17, 2023

“‘Be your own role model’: What one Black UC Irvine astrophysicist had to overcome“, LA Times, July 13, 2023

An Astrobiologist’s Search for Life in Space—and Meaning on Earth“, WIRED, July 11, 2023

July 2023 Reads for the Rest of Us“, Ms.Magazine, July 7, 2023

19 July books to dive into this summer“, Good Morning America, June 27, 2023

July 2023 Books by Black Authors We Can’t Wait to Read“, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 21, 2023

Summer books: 40 new titles to make vacations more fun“, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 5, 2023

Summer reading 2023“, Science, June 1, 2023

Stars—They’re Just Like Us: New Books About Space“, Publishers Weekly, April 21, 2023

Astrobiologist of the Month“, Lunatics, April 2023

Most Anticipated Non-Fiction & Memoirs of Summer 2023“, Shereads, March 30, 2023

‘Terminator zones’ on distant planets could harbor life, UC Irvine astronomers say”, UCI News, March 16, 2023

Featured Astronomer in Astrophysics Variety Hour Video produced by NASA’s Universe of Learning, March 29, 2022

Aomawa Shields Visits Bowdoin as 2022 Kibbe Science Lecturer”, The Bowdoin Orient, February 25, 2022

UCI’s Rising Stargirls Program Dawns Again This Summer”, UCI Physical Sciences Communications, January 19, 2022

StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson Season 12, Episode 22: “Cosmic Queries – Exoplanetary Exploration with Dr. Aomawa Shields”, August 31, 2021

“The Limit Does Not Exist” Podcast episode 111: “Star Power”, October 30, 2020

Adler Planetarium’s Online Exhibit “Life on Other Worlds“, Adler Planetarium, October 13, 2020

5 Women Writing About Science“,, July 8, 2020

Tonya Bolden’s book Changing the Equation: 50+ US Black Women in STEM March 16, 2020

How the Coolest, Smallest Stars Could Help Us Discover New Exoplanets
New Scientist, August 7, 2019

Oceans, Beaches, Cosmic Shorelines: Our Changing Views of Habitable Planets
NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration, June 18, 2019

The Importance of Women in STEM Aomawa Shields Features in Teen Vogue List of Female Advocates of STEM
Astrobiology at NASA-Life in the Universe, June 6, 2019

The Apollo 11 Moon Landing Anniversary Is a Reminder of the Importance of Women in STEM
Teen Vogue, June 5, 2019

Modeling the Climates of Worlds Beyond Earth
Earth and Space Science News, January 14, 2019

“Three UCI School of Physical Sciences Faculty Earn Prestigious NSF Early Career Awards”, UCI School of Physical Sciences Communications, June 18, 2018

“UCI Astronomer Wins NASA Habitable Worlds Grant to Study Surface Reflectivity of Exoplanets? UCI News, October 23, 2017

What Do You Have to Do to Get a Water Covered Planet Around Here?“, Astrobites, June 1, 2017

Astrobiology’s Rising Star“, UC News, February 7, 2017

Faculty Highlight: Aomawa Shields“, Astronomy in Color, September 29, 2016

What Should You Read This Summer? A Mega Reading List“, TED, July 20, 2016

‘Super Earth’ 1,200 Light-Years Away Might Be Able to Sustain Life“, CBS News, June 2, 2016

Kepler-62f Could Support Life and is 1,200 Light-Years Away“, Wired, May 31, 2016

Planet Discovered 1,200 Light Years Away Could Support Life“, Huffington Post UK, May 30, 2016

Is There Life on Kepler-62f? Rocky Planet 1,200 Light-Years Away Could Have Oceans of Water and Be Habitable“, Daily Mail, May 27, 2016

Faraway Earth-Sized Planet Could Be Habitable“, Popular Mechanics, May 27, 2016

Earth-Like Planet 1,200 Light Years Away ‘Could Be Habitable’“, Yahoo UK, May 27, 2016

A Planet 1,200 Light-Years Away is a Good Prospect for a Habitable World“, UCLA Newsroom, May 26, 2016

Kepler-62f: A Possible Water World“,, May 13, 2016

Why I Changed My Life: Acting, Astronomy, and a One-of-a-Kind Career“, Glamour, May 10, 2016

The Origins Project Announces Recipient of $10,000 Postdoctoral Lectureship Award“, February 24, 2016

“Aomawa Shields: Life in Unlikely Places”,, February 11, 2016

Astronomer, actor, role model: TED Fellow Aomawa Shields looks for life on other planets“, TED blog, July 10, 2015

“NSF Fellow Pairs Art, Astronomy to Hook Girls on Science”, Education Week, March 18, 2015

Rising Stargirls: Girls in Astronomy“, posted on Universe Awareness, February 16, 2015

Rising Stargirls: Girls of All Colors Learning, Discovering, and Exploring” (posted on The Planetary Society Blog) February 7, 2015

Postdoctoral scholar Aomawa Shields named 2015 TED fellow“, February 11, 2015

Rising Stargirls: Girls of All Colors Learning, Discovering, and Exploring“, posted on the Women in Astronomy Blog, February 4, 2015

Talking exoplanets and alien life in WIRED magazine piece “The Best Bet for Alien Life May Be in Planetary Systems Very Different From Ours“, January 16, 2015

Mentioned in the Fall 2014 Newsletter of the University of Washington Astrobiology Program

“25 Women in Science Worth Promoting” , Dec. 21, 2014

Meet the 2015 class of TED Fellows and Senior Fellows

Profiled in the Fall 2014 issue of The Exeter Bulletin

“A warmer planetary haven around cool stars, as ice warms rather than cools”, UW Today, July 18, 2013

Quoted in article in Inside Science  on Nick Cowan’s work “Mapping Distant Planet Surfaces Possible“, January 29, 2013

Featured in the Fall 2012 Newsletter of the University of Washington Astrobiology Program

Featured in the University of Washington Graduate Student Profiles, 2011

Co-host of the PBS/Wired magazine television show “Wired Science” in 2007

Aomawa Shields gives TED Talk, “How we’ll find life on other planets” during TED2015 – Truth and Dare, on March 16, 2015 in Kay Meek Center, West Vancouver, Canada.
Photo: Ryan Lash/TED
Dr. Anowama Shields