Gioia Rau

Gioia Rau

  • RESEARCH SCIENTIST
  • 301.286.6322
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 667
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: CATHOLIC UNIV OF AMERICA
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Gioia Rau joined in November 2017 NASA's Goddard laboratory of Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics as a research scientist. She received her PhD from the University of Vienna in October 2016, and afterwards visited ESO/Garching working on interferometric data obtained with the newest VLTI/GRAVITY infrared instrument.

    Her current main research involves studies of cool evolved stars with HST high-resolution spectroscopic observations, and ESO/VLTI high-angular resolution optical interferometric data; she is also investigating massive stars, supernovae, and exoplanets.

    Her professional website is: www.gioiarau.com

    Teaching Experience

    Astronomy Lecture (undergrad), CUA Oct./Nov. 2019

    Positions/Employment

    1/2020 - Present

    Research Assistant Professor

    NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center & CUA, Greenbelt (MD)
    1/2017 - Present

    Research Scientist

    NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt (MD)
    4/2017 - 6/2017

    Visiting Research Scientist

    ESO (European Southern Observatory), Garching (Germany)
    10/2012 - 10/2016

    PhD student

    University of Vienna, Institute for Astrophysics, Vienna (Austria)
    2/2011 - 4/2011

    Visiting Student

    CalTech/NASA JPL, Pasadena (CA)
    2008 - 2011

    Scientific explainer

    Planetarium of Rome, Rome (Italy)

    Education

    Ph.D., Astronomy, with Honors, University of Vienna ( Oct. 2016)

    M.S., Astrophysics, Magna Cum Laude, University of Rome La Sapienza (2011)

    B.S., Physics, University of Rome La Sapienza (2009)

    Awards

    Selected awards:

    2020:

    Nomination for the “2020 Italian Bilateral Scientific Cooperation Award”

    2016:

    Dissertation Completion Award (University of Vienna - 6K €)

    2011

    Award for developing the Master thesis abroad (University of Rome La Sapienza - 3K €)


    Grants

    10/06/2017 Schrödinger Fellowship, Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

    Cool stars winds and chromospheres;   P.I.

    Grant Amount: $164K €
    03/31/2017 PSL Fellowship (Declined), Paris/Meudon

    Observational study of the mass-loss mechanism in AGB stars, with the state-of-the-art high-angular resolution instruments;   P.I.

    Grant Amount: $55K €

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    Invited

    Invited review talk at the AAS Special Session 2020

    1 / 5 / 2020

    AAS Special Session - "Imaging Stars: A Century of Advances in High Angular Resolution Astronomy"
    Saturday, January 4, 2020 - Wednesday, 8 January 2020 

    Selected Public Outreach

    Scientific guide 2009 - 2009
    http://www.astrieparticelle.it/it/home.html

    Scientific guide of the exhibition “Expo Astri e Particelle” at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome

    Scientific explainer 2009 - 2009

    Scientific explainer at the Festival of Science: “L’ Universo”, Rome

    Public talk 2015 - 2015
    http://sternwartennaechte.univie.ac.at/2015/img_2015/Flyer_Oct.pdf

    Public talk “We are all Stardust” at the University of Vienna.

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Gioia Rau joined in November 2017 NASA's Goddard laboratory of Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics as a research scientist. She received her PhD from the University of Vienna in October 2016, and afterwards visited ESO/Garching working on interferometric data obtained with the newest VLTI/GRAVITY infrared instrument.

    Her current main research involves studies of cool evolved stars with HST high-resolution spectroscopic observations, and ESO/VLTI high-angular resolution optical interferometric data; she is also investigating massive stars, supernovae, and exoplanets.

    Her professional website is: www.gioiarau.com

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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