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Asa Stahl


Science, at its broadest, is made up of questions that connect us with the wider world. My research - detecting newborn planets around other stars - is aimed at answering some of our biggest questions, like "How special are we?" and "How did we get here?" I write about science to share my curiosity, hoping to inspire the reader to never stop asking questions.

My recently published children's book, The Big Bang Book, offers a crash-course in cosmology for young readers. It was released by Creston Books in April 2020 and has since been recognized as an Ezra Jack Keats Nominee, an NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2021, and a Sakura Medal Finalist. Over the course of the pandemic, I've also written articles on space news for Sky & Telescope and the Houston Chronicle. 

I'm honored to be a part of the Science News team this summer. More than anything, I'm excited to collaborate with other science communicators, do on-the-ground reporting, and help bring science into a wider conversation with the world.

When I'm not working, I'm usually reading, revising my pet project of a screenplay (again), hiking, or walking around aimlessly trying to be a street photographer.


Asa Stahl poses in front of a telescope holding a copy of his book: "The Big Bang Book"
Photo credit: Brandon Martin

Rice University

Fellowship Sponsor: American Physical Society

Fellowship Host: Science News