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Ji Wang

NSF CAREER Award, 2022

Ji Wang, an assistant professor in the Department of Astronomy, recently received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant in support of his research detecting biosignatures in the atmospheres of exoplanets.

Wang’s research project, “CAREER: Searching For Biosignatures in Exoplanet Atmospheres,” searches for signs of life on planets and seeks to promote advancements in astronomical instrumentation and community outreach. The project will develop a proof-of-concept instrument created to address imaging and spectroscopy issues in current ground-based telescopes, eventually leading to a new instrument to the Large Binocular Telescope as a pathfinder for future use in the upcoming Extremely Large Telescope observatory. Wang’s project also connects Ohio State and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) for a future exhibition and a series of events on exoplanet discoveries.

The NSF’s CAREER Program offers the foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department and organization.