Dr. Jason Kalirai, Astrophysicist, Space Telescope Science Institute
Dr. Jason Kalirai is an astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. He obtained his PhD in astrophysics in 2004 from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada. Kalirai's research interests span a wide range of areas; including the study of the formation and evolution of stars in our Galaxy as well as the evolution and build up of galaxies themselves. For his research, Kalirai is a very active user of the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, and of the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit around Earth. More recently, Kalirai was selected as the Project Scientist at STScI for the James Webb Space Telescope - their next flagship mission in astronomy.
Kalirai has received numerous awards in his young career. Last year, the American Astronomical Society selected him for the Newton Lacy Pierce prize, given by the society to one astronomer under the age of 36, per year for outstanding achievements in observational astrophysics. Kalirai was also selected recently as a National Academy of Sciences "Frontiers of Science" Fellow and was voted as one of the Baltimore Metropolitan area's "Top 40 under 40". In 2014, Kalirai received the prestigious Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the State of Maryland.
Over the past 5 years, Kalirai has led more than 100 public outreach and education events to communicate science and share his enthusiasm for astronomy with our next generation leaders.