Dr. Rita M Sambruna

Dr. Rita M Sambruna

  • SUPV RSCH AST, FIELDS AND PARTICLES
  • 301.286.5357
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 660
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Rita Sambruna is the Deputy Director of the Astrophysics Division, Code 660. Previously she was at HQ, where she held positions of science management and leadership. In 2019 she was awarded the NASA Extraordinary Achievement Medal for her leadership on the 2020 Astrophysics Decadal Survey studies. Rita was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2020 and a Fellow of the American Astronomical Society in 2021.

    Research Interests

    Dr. Rita Sambruna

    Relativistic jets; physics of compact objects; supermassive black holes in galaxies; Multiwavelength and Multimessenger Astrophysics

    Dr. Sambruna has over 150 refereed publications, and an H-index of 58 (as of 04/2021).

    Teaching Experience

    From 2000 till 2005, Dr. Sambruna was the Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Astrophysics at George Mason University, where she taught undergraduate and graduate classes and led an independent research program supported by external funds. She received the NSF CAREER and NASA LTSA awards.

    Education

    October 1994, PhD, SISSA/ISAS, Trieste, Italy. Thesis: The X-ray Properties of Blazars

    October 1992, Master Phil. SISSA/ISAS, Trieste, Italy. Thesis: The EXOSAT Spectral Survey of Blazars

    October 1989, Laurea degree, Univ. of Milan, Italy. Thesis: X-ray Observations the Magnetic Cataclysmic Variables E1405--451 (V834 Cen) and E1013--477 (KO Vel)

    Professional Societies

    American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) , 2019 - Present
    Member
    American Astronomical Society , 1991 - Present
    Fellow
    American Physical Society, 2020 - Present
    Fellow
    High Energy Astrophysics Division , 2000 - Present
    Member

    Awards

    Selected Awards:

    NASA Extraordinary Achievement Medal, 2020

    NSF CAREER, 2014

    NASA LTSA, 2000

    Clare Boothe Luce Professorship, 2000

    NRC Research Fellowship, 1995-1997

    Other Professional Information

    38th on list of “Top Italian Scientists” [107 out of 455; 09 May 2020]

    Among World’s Top 2% of Scientists (top 3% in subfield of Astronomy & Astrophysics).  (cf. Ioannidis JPA, Boyack KW, Baas J (2020)[1]

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    [1] https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article/file?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3000918&type=printable

    Special Experience

    Rita is a certified Yoga Teacher with specialization in Yoga for Cancer. She is trained in Applied Behavior Analysis and its applications to non-human animals. Rita speaks Italian, French, Latin/Greek, and a bit of Spanish.

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Rita Sambruna is the Deputy Director of the Astrophysics Division, Code 660. Previously she was at HQ, where she held positions of science management and leadership. In 2019 she was awarded the NASA Extraordinary Achievement Medal for her leadership on the 2020 Astrophysics Decadal Survey studies. Rita was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2020 and a Fellow of the American Astronomical Society in 2021.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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