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Jason Kalirai of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., has been awarded the 2013 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize. This annual prize from the American Astronomical Society is for outstanding achievement in observational astronomy by an astronomer under the age of 36.

Kalirai, 34, received the award for his contributions to the field of stellar and galactic astrophysics, including establishing a fundamental relation of stellar astrophysics, the initial-final mass relation that maps the fraction of mass loss that stars experience over their lives.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Kalirai (for STScI)