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 (www.gioiarau.com) is an Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where she works on exoplanets and stellar astrophysics using artificial intelligence techniques, the most advanced computational models, and data from the largest telescopes on Earth and in space. Dr. Rau has a track record of numerous scientific publications, international collaborations, and leads the scientific side of multiple NASA mission concepts in development. She has recently been elected Chair of the prestigious International Astronomical Union Working Group on Red Giants and Red Supergiants.

    Dr. Rau has received numerous awards for scientific merits, and she supervises interns, PhD students, and postdocs. Dr. Rau is highly committed and passionate about fostering and promoting DEIA (Diversity Equity Inclusion and Accessibility) values, especially by supporting women and other underrepresented minorities in pursuing scientific careers.

    Dr. Rau received her PhD in Astrophysics with honors from the University of Vienna, Austria, in 2016, and her Masters in Physics and Astrophysics Summa cum Laude from La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, in 2011. Previous to joining NASA's Goddard laboratory of Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics in 2017, Dr. Rau was awarded a Visiting Scientist position at the prestigious ESO (European Southern Observatory) in Germany. Since 2020 Dr. Rau was promoted Research Assistant Professor at CUA.

    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

    See Dr. Rau's CV at: www.gioiarau.com

    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 (www.gioiarau.com) is an Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where she works on exoplanets and stellar astrophysics using artificial intelligence techniques, the most advanced computational models, and data from the largest telescopes on Earth and in space. Dr. Rau has a track record of numerous scientific publications, international collaborations, and leads the scientific side of multiple NASA mission concepts in development. She has recently been elected Chair of the prestigious International Astronomical Union Working Group on Red Giants and Red Supergiants.

    Dr. Rau has received numerous awards for scientific merits, and she supervises interns, PhD students, and postdocs. Dr. Rau is highly committed and passionate about fostering and promoting DEIA (Diversity Equity Inclusion and Accessibility) values, especially by supporting women and other underrepresented minorities in pursuing scientific careers.

    Dr. Rau received her PhD in Astrophysics with honors from the University of Vienna, Austria, in 2016, and her Masters in Physics and Astrophysics Summa cum Laude from La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, in 2011. Previous to joining NASA's Goddard laboratory of Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics in 2017, Dr. Rau was awarded a Visiting Scientist position at the prestigious ESO (European Southern Observatory) in Germany. Since 2020 Dr. Rau was promoted Research Assistant Professor at CUA.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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