Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Maria Giovanna Dainotti

Dr. habilis Maria Giovanna Dainotti
Visiting Scientist at Stanford University
Via Pueblo Mall 382, Stanford, CA 94301 (USA)
Affiliated Scientist at Space Science Institute (SSI), Colorado, USA
4750 Walnut Street, Suite 205, Boulder, Colorado 80301
Affiliated Scientist at the Center for Data Science at SSI (CDS), Boulder, Colorado, USA
Assistant Professor at Jagiellonian University
Ul. Orla 171, Astronomical Observatory, Jagiellonian University, Krakow (Poland)

 

Education

Dec 2008      PhD in International Relativistic Astrophysics University of Rome La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
 
  • Dissertation:“GRBs associated with SNe Ib/c and their theoretical interpretation within the Fireshell model”. Advisor: Professor Remo Ruffini.
  • Earned with full marks, magna cum laude
  • International   Relativistic Astrophysics   Ph.D.  Program (IRAP) Fellowship:  First in the IRAP PhD cycle to obtain the doctorate in the short period of 3 years.

IRAP is a consortium of seven participating institutions:

    1. Rome La Sapienza,
    2. ETH Zurich,
    3. Freie Universitat at Berlin,
    4. Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur,
    5. Universite’ de Nice-Sophia Antipolis,
    6. Universite’ de Savoie,
    7. The University of Ferrara.
July 2005   Master Degree in Physics, University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy
 
  • Magna cum laude;
  • Thesis: “Standard Candles in Astronomy”,
  • Supervisor Professor Salvatore Capozziello

Professional Positions

1.  Visiting Scholar at Stanford University within the scheme of miniatura grant from the polish ministry of Science and Education, June 2019-September 2019.

2. Riken Pioneer Research Grant, Tokyo, Japan, January-February 2019.

3. American Astronomical Society Chretienne Fellow, at Stanford University from August 2018- January 2019.

4. Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, February 2018.

5. Marie Curie Ingoing Fellowship, INAF, Bologna, Italy February 2017- January 2018

6. Marie Curie Outgoing Fellowship, Stanford, CA, US, Feb 2015-January 201

7. Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellowship, Riken, Japan, Nov 2013-Jan 2015

8. Blanceflor-Ludovisi Scholar at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, Oct 2012-May 2013

9. Blanceflor-Ludovisi Scholar at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, May 2013-Nov 2013

10. Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, Oct 2012-Sept 2013

11. Visiting Scientist at UNAM University, Mexico City, Mexico, May 2013

12. Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Program in Puerto Rico, USA, March 2013

13. L’Oreal Italia Scholar at “La Scuola Normale”, Pisa, Italy, May 2012-September 2012

14. Assistant Professor at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, Apr 2012 to present

15. Visiting Scientist at Leicester University, Leicester, UK, Jul 2011 –Jul 2011

16. Visiting Scientist at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, Sept 2009

17. Research Assistant at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, Feb 2009 -March 2012

18. Visiting Scientist at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, Jan 2009

Granted Projects, Fellowships and Scholarships:

  1. Miniatura research grant, from June 2019 to September 2019 at Stanford University
  2. RIKEN Research Pioneer, from January 2019-February 2019 at Riken Astrophysical Big Bang Laboratory.
  3. American Astronomical Society Chretienne International grant, from August 2018-August 2019, spent at Stanford University, for attending meetings and workshops during the 2018-2019 academic year.
  4. Marie Curie Outgoing Fellowship, European Commission, 1st February 2015-31 January 2018, from the title “New Cosmological Standard Candles from Gamma Ray Burst Correlations” spent at Stanford and at INAF, Bologna, Italy. Success rate is less than 5%.
  5. Japan Society for the promotion of Science Fellowship (JSPS), Japanese Ministry of Education, Jan 2013-Feb 2015. Selection was performed through nominating authorities, namely the Ministry of Italian University Research, MIUR. The period of the award was spent in Riken, Japan. Among the most prestigious awards in Asia, the success rate is 10%. The title of the grant was “A theoretical investigation of the Dainotti relation within the photospheric emission models.”
  6. Blanceflor-Ludovisi Scholarship, sponsored by the Blanceflor-Ludovisi Boncompagni Foundation, May 2013-November 2013 and February 2014, spent at Stanford University, Stanford, California. Title of the award: “Application of GRB relation as a cosmological tool together with SNe Ia”. It is among the most prestigious award in Sweden for Italian and Swedish young scientists (<35 years old).
  7. Blanceflor-Ludovisi Scholarship, sponsored by Blanceflor-Ludovisi Boncompagni Foundation, May 2012- April 2013, spent at Stanford University, Stanford, California. “How is possible to correct for selection bias in GRB relations in the X-ray afterglows?”
  8. Fulbright Scholarship, sponsored by the US Department of State and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Stanford University, Stanford, California, October 2012-September 2013. The success rate for this award is 8%. Title of the grant: “GRB relations, selection effects and their implication on theoretical models”.
  9. PI of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education Polish Grant N N203 579840, Jagiellonian University, June 2011-June 2014. Title of the grant: “Study of prompt and  afterglow relations, their physical interpretation and their applications as cosmological tools”. This grant is considered among the most competitive polish grants for PhD holders (until 10 years from the completion of PhD).
  10. Angelo Della Riccia Scholarship 2010 – sponsored by Angelo Della Riccia Foundation, postdoctoral award, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. Title of the award: “Using the Dainotti relation in Gamma Ray Burst afterglow as a viable cosmological tool.”  
  11. Angelo Della Riccia Scholarship 2009 – sponsored Angelo Della Riccia Foundation – post doctoral award, spent at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. Title of the award: “Studying the Dainotti relation in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows”.

Professional Training

  1. Fermi-Swift GRB Data Analysis Workshop, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA, November 8-12, 2010.
  2. ‘Scuola Nazionale di Astrofisica IX ciclo’, Venezia, Italy, September 16-22, 2007.
  3. `XII Brazilian School of Gravitation and Cosmology’, Mangaratiba, Brazil, September 10-23, 2006.
  4. `Astrofisica Gamma e Multifrequenza: Analisi Dati e Problematiche Astroparticellari’, Perugia, Italy, July 3-7, 2006.
  5. `1st Bego Scientific Rencontre’, Nice, France, February 6-17, 2006.
  6. `Mathematical Problems in General Relativity’, ETH in Zurich, Switzerland, January, 8-31, 2006.
  7. `Theoretical physics: general relativity, cosmology, gravitational collapse’, `Gravitational physics and relativistic linear theory of elettrodynamic’, held by Prof. Ruffini, at University ‘La Sapienza’ in Rome, 2005-2008
  8. `Geometrodynamics and matter fields’, `From classical to quantum gravity’, `Early cosmology’, held by Dr. Montani at University ‘La Sapienza’ in Rome, 2005-2008.
     
    Weekly seminars on high energy astrophysics, cosmology and general relativity at Rome La Sapienza, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Riken, Tokyo, Stanford University, USA, and INAF Bologna, Italy.

Service and Leadership:

1. Selected Reviewer 

1.1 NPP Reviewer for the cycle of December 2019 

1.2 NPP Reviewer for the cycle of December 2018  

1.3 NPP Reviewer for the cycle of December 2017  

1.4 Swift XV cycle, Washington, 3-5 December 2018 

1.5 Swift XIV cycle, Washington, 28 November-1 December 2017

1.6 NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship 2015-2016, 2017 

1.7 Icelandic Centre for Research, December 2015   

1.8 Swift XII cycle, Washington, December 2015 

1.9 NASA Astrophysical Data Analysis Panel (ADAP), August 2015, Baltimore.

1.10 Swift XI cycle, November 2014, Washington   

1.11 Selected member of the Academic Promotions Committee at the University of  Bahrain to  evaluate a researcher to become Associate professor. 

1.12 For Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), ApJL, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS), Advances in Astronomy, Galaxies, New Frontiers in Astronomy.

2. Poster Judge  

2.1 Poster panel judge of the AAS 220th Meeting, Alaska, Anchorage, June 2012  

2.2 Poster panel judge of the AAS 235th Meeting, Hawaii, January 2020 

3.  Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the:  

3.1 Workshop on Astrophysical Big Bangs at Riken, 6-10 November 2017 3.2 Workshop on “GRB-SNe”, Riken in Tokyo, August 31-2 September 2015 

3.2 Conference `Relativistic Jets: Creation, Dynamics and Internal Physics’, Cracow, April 2015 

3.3 Conference, Kyoto, GRB-SNe Japan, 11-15, November 2013 

3.4 Conference `Understanding Relativistic Jets’, Cracow, 23rd-26th May, 2011. 

4. Editorial experience 

4.1 Editor of New Frontiers in Astronomy, January 2017- present

4.2 Co-Editor of a Special Issue for the journal Galaxies on “Observations and Theory   of Short GRBs at the Dawn of the Gravitational Wave Era”, published in 2019 

5. Chair of the following sessions

5.1 of Black Hole II at the 229th AAS Meeting, Grapevine, 5th of Jan 2017

5.2 of GRB topics, VIII Fermi Symposium, Baltimore, 17 October 2018  

5.3 Astronomy Education in Hawai, at the 234th AAS Meeting, Hawai 1/5/2020 

5.4 CMB, at the 234th AAS Meeting, Hawai, 1/6/2020

5.5 Large-Scale Education Efforts for Reform, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, at the    234th AAS Meeting, Hawai, 1/6/2020 

5.6 Molecular Clouds, HII Regions, Interstellar Medium on Extragalactic Scales, at the 234th AAS Meeting, Hawai, 1/6/2020 

6. Architect of cross-institutional and cross-national research agreement as part of the Erasmus   Project, which   fosters   collaborations   across   country   lines   in   the   EU. Orchestrated Partnership Agreement between the Universities of Federico II of Naples, Italy, and the Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland (in 2009), which performed an exchange of students and professional staff. I actively participated as teaching staff within this project by teaching PhD lectures on GRBs (Dec 2010 -Jan 2011). My PhD student, Roberta del Vecchio, participated as well in this exchange as a PhD Scholar for 6 months in 2013. The agreement has been renewed and it is still in place and it will be used soon for the joint supervision of students between Naples and Jagiellonian University. 

7. Orchestrated Partnership Agreement between the Universities of Trieste, Italy, and the Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland. The agreement is active since October 2019.  

8. Orchestrated Partnership Agreement between the Universities of Salerno, Italy, and the Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland. The agreement is active since January 2020.   

9. Orchestrated Partnership Agreement between the Universities of Palermo, Italy, and the Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland. The agreement is under revision.

10. Orchestrated Partnership Agreement between the Universities of Sa Luis Odispo, US, and the Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland. The agreement is under discussion.

11. Initiated a committee to expand the role of women and under-represented minorities in science across fields, across 19 institutions to apply for the 100&change, 100 million dollars award sponsored by the Mc Arthur Foundation. Goal was to encourage more youngsters to pursue careers in astronomy and astrophysics and/or in STEM. 

Skills and Qualifications

Research methodologies:

  • Cosmological analysis by using Bayesian methods and Monte Carlo simulations, fitting methods such as the D’Agostini, the multi-filter lightcurve shape method adapted for GRBs. Selection bias for data truncation (one side and two side truncations). I usually adopt a phenomenological approach to understand and study common properties in GRB lightcurves.
  • Theoretical interpretation  of  GRB  relations  within  several  theoretical  models,  with particular attention to the magnetar model.
  • Use of several machine learning techniques such as gradient boosting and random forests. I  am  an  in-depth  expert  in  the  use  of  parametric,  semi-parametric  (the  generalized additive models) for fitting variables and correlations.

Characteristics:

  • Detail-oriented, results-driven, independent thinking, leadership, team building.
  • I am very open-minded and value diversity. Because of that, I can adjust myself into a new environment very easily (I have lived on three different continents and in four countries).
  • I have sought out and nurtured unique and exciting collaborations with a diversity of recognized researchers across the globe, and I have maintained these collaborations over years.
  • I am also skilled at promoting my research results via public outreach and media relations, and my work has been featured in numerous articles, in newspapers, magazines and on the radio.

Skills in winning proposals: I have been awarded numerous proposals and other prizes, attesting to my ability to develop successful and appealing research projects.

Skills in supervising: To date I have supervised 11 students ranging from the level of PhD candidates all the way to students in the final year of high school. These students derive from diverse background educations and cultural environments.

Communication skills: Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. I am able to work effectively (both independently and collaboratively) with people from diverse backgrounds and in multidisciplinary teams.

Languages:

Italian: Native language, English: advanced level (CAE certificate), Polish: elementary (A2).


Research Experience

MINIATURA2 grant spent at Stanford University

June 2019-September 2019

Key achievements:

  • Guest Editor of the special issue on Galaxies of “Observations and Theory of Short GRBs at the Dawn of the Gravitational Wave Era”, 2019.
  • “GRB correlations: an overview” published in e-book Physics Expanding series collection IOP on the 15th of August 2019, author Maria Dainotti.

 Responsibilities:

Conduct a full-time research project on the existence of the LAT lightcurves at high energy, on the redshift extraction through a machine learning tool.

Mentored 5 undergraduate students at Stanford University.

American Astronomical Society Chretienne Fellowship, spent at Stanford University

June 2018-January 2019

Key achievements:

  • A comparison between radio-loud and quiet GRBs, and evidence for a potential correlation between intrinsic duration and redshift in the radio-loud population (Lloyd et al. 2019 including Dainotti).
  • A decade of GRBs observed by Fermi-LAT: the second GRB Catalog (Ajello et al. 2019 including Dainotti)
  • The use of GRBs as distance estimator through a machine learning approach (Dainotti et al. 2019, arxiv)

Responsibilities:

Conduct a full-time research project on the existence of the LAT lightcurves at high energy, on the redshift extraction through a machine learning tool, and on the radio-loud and quiet GRBs.

Mentored 5 undergraduate students at Stanford University.

Marie Curie’ Fellowship, (incoming phase) INAF Bologna, Italy  

February 2017-January 2018

Responsibilities:

Conduct a full-time research project from the title “Cosmological standard candles”.

Mentored 1 undergraduate student from the Department of Statistics of Bologna University.

Key achievements:

  • A review on selection biases that affect GRB prompt relations and their application as possible cosmological tools (Dainotti et al. 2018a).
  • Stratta, Dainotti et al. (2018) investigated how the statistical difference between the planes implies a difference from a theoretical point of view. They investigated that within the magnetar theoretical scenario long GRBs and short with extended emission lie in different regions of the magnetic fields and spin periods (P-B diagram).
  • Study of the THESEUS space mission from the concept, the science case and the expected performance, Amati et al. (2018) including Dainotti
  • Study of THESEUS as a key space mission concept for multi-messenger Astrophysics (Stratta et al. 2018b) including Dainotti

Marie Curie Fellowship (Outgoing Phase), Stanford University, USA

February 2015 – January 2017

Responsibilities:

            Conduct a full-time research project from the title “Cosmological standard candles”.

Mentored 3 students in summer and in spring at the undergraduate level and high school level. Participation as a local organizer for the Conference on “Relativistic Jets: Creation, Dynamics, and Internal Physics” held in Krakow in April 2015.

Key achievements:

  • The discovery that the Dainotti relations between prompt and afterglow GRB phases are intrinsic to the physics of GRBs and not due to selection bias (Dainotti et al. 2015b). This result has been achieved using statistical methods that consider the one side truncation; with this method, we were able to compute the peak luminosity evolution. Dainotti et al. (2015b) showed that the La-Ta has a power law slope different, within more than 2 sigma, from the slope of the prompt Lpeak-Tγ correlation (Willingale et al. 2010) between the isotropic pulse peak luminosity, Lpeak, and the pulse duration, Tγ. Such a difference is also visible between the prompt and plateau phases in the energy-duration distributions. All these features open a new debate on whether the offsets are due to a selection effect or to a different emission mechanism between the prompt and the plateau phase.
  • The discovery of a fundamental plane (a 3D correlation among prompt and afterglow properties) obtained adding a third parameter, the observed luminosity at the GRB peak, to the La-Ta correlation. This is a much tighter relation that increases the utility of GRBs as standard candles. Indeed, this plane presents a reduction in the scatter of 54% compared to the previous bi-dimensional luminosity-time relation. These results were verified by using Monte Carlo simulations to prove that the 3D relation was not a random effect due to the sample size of GRBs (Dainotti et al. 2016). Results of this analysis were noted in press releases by NASA and the American Astronomical Society.
  • To the aim of crucially reducing the correlation scatter for its effective use as a cosmological tool and a model discriminator, Dainotti et al. (2017c) investigated how the scatter may be reduced depending on the GRB class and on the quality of each GRB LC. They investigated the planes corresponding to each GRB class and showed that the distance of a given GRB from the gold plane discriminates between classes. For example, the fundamental plane relation is statistically different for LGRBs and SGRBs.
  • A review of the GRB afterglow and prompt-afterglow relations and their application as possible cosmological tools (Dainotti & del Vecchio 2017).
  • A review on the GRB prompt relations A review on the GRB prompt relations and their application as possible cosmological tools (Dainotti et al. 2018a).
  • The discovery that the magnetars model, which explains the afterglow plateau phase, in its present form needs to account for super-magnetars with high magnetic fields (Rea et al. 2015).

Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University, CA, USA and Blanceflor Boncompagni-Ludovisi Scholar, CA, USA.

October 2012 – November 2013

Responsibilities:

Conduct a full-time research project from the title “GRB relations and their theoretical interpretation”. Mentored 2 students in summer.  Participation as a local organizer for the Open House at Stanford.

Key achievements:

  • Determination on whether the luminosities and time distributions are redshift independent (Dainotti et al. 2013a). Such independence implies an absence of this evolution, which, if exists, can be removed creating the new observables divided by their evolution functions. These new variables are the de-evolved ones. After fully applying a statistical method that takes into account selection bias and redshift evolution, they demonstrated that the relation is intrinsic at 12 sigma level and described how to recover it and how this can be used to constrain physical models of the plateau emission, whose origin is still unknown.
  • Evaluation of how changes of the observed slope, bobs, of the La-Ta correlation may affect the determination of the cosmological parameters (Dainotti et al. 2013a). To this end, Dainotti et al. (2013a) simulated a sample of 101 GRBs with a central value of bobs that differs from the intrinsic one by a 5σ factor. By comparing all their results with the values obtained by SNe Ia, they outlined an overestimation in the value of the matter density parameter, ΩM of the 13%, while the Hubble constant, H0, is still compatible in 1 σ. Instead, for a subsample of high luminous GRBs, ΩM is underestimated by 13%, while H0 of 5%. Thus, they concluded that any approach involving cosmology should take into consideration only intrinsic correlations, namely corrected for cosmological evolutions and selection bias.

L’Oreal Italia Scholar at University “Scuola Normale”, Pisa, Italy

Academic year 2012 – 2013

Responsibilities:

Conduct a full time research project from the title “GRB-SNe associated and the La-Ta relation” and promote this research project via public media.

Key achievements:

  • Study of the La-Ta relation for the subsample of GRBs associated with SNe. Update of the sample and evaluation of the T-student test to evaluate a statistical difference between the slopes of the GRB-SNe sample and GRBs-NO-SNe samples. We evaluated that there is no evolution for the slope of the LONG-NO-SNe sample and no evolution is expected for the LONG- SNe sample at small redshifts. The difference between the slope of the LONG-NO-SNe and the  slope of  LONG-SNe with firm spectral detection of  SN  components is statistically significant. The results of this analysis are included in Dainotti et al (2016c).

Research Assistant at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland and Assistant Professor at Jagiellonian University. This period coincides also with the two awards of Angelo della Riccia Foundation.

Feb 2009-March 2012

Responsibilities:

Conduct a research project from the titles “Studying the Dainotti relation in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows” and “Using the Dainotti relation in Gamma Ray Burst afterglow as a viable cosmological tool”. Teach 3 courses per year at Jagiellonian University (120 hours of frontal lesson per year) and supervise summer and master students. Details of the courses and mentoring are presented in the Teaching/Supervising section.

Key achievements:

  • The update of La-Ta relation with 77 GRBs (Dainotti et al. 2010) has led to the discovery of a new subclass of long GRBs with plateau emission, called “canonical”, with smoothly observed X-ray light curves. These “canonical” light curves obey not only the mentioned tight physical scaling, but also, for a given Ta, the more regular progenitor explosions lead to preferentially brighter afterglows. In addition, Dainotti et al. (2010) have also found a similar relation for the IC of GRBs. The remaining open questions are if this subclass could be used to explore theoretical models and to be employed as a standard candle to derive cosmological parameters.
  • The study of selection bias related to the choice of the canonical lightcurves (Dainotti et al. 2011a). In the same paper Dainotti et al. (2011a) attempted to use this subsample as a redshift estimator, which gives encouraging results only if the La- Ta intrinsic scatter will be reduced to σint=0.20. Therefore, a larger number of GRBs with well-defined properties is needed together with an effective strategy to reduce the intrinsic scatter of the correlation to draw a definite conclusion.
  • The analysis performed by studying physical parameters for both the prompt and afterglow phases have led to the determination of new significant relations between the afterglow luminosity, La, and the mean luminosities of the prompt emission, Lγ(T)=Eiso/T, (Eiso is the isotropic radiated energy in the prompt emission) computed at different time scales, T (Dainotti et al. 2011b). Dainotti et al. (2011b) found that the highest correlated subsample in the afterglow leads also to the highest prompt–afterglow relations.
  • The study of a sample of 69 GRBs with measured distance moduli, mu(z), in combination with a sample that obeys the La-Ta relation and the use of a Bayesian-inspired fitting method to calibrate the different GRB correlations (Cardone et al. 2009). Averaging over six correlations, Cardone at al. (2009) ended up with a new GRB HD comprising 83 objects. To avoid the need of assuming an a priori cosmological model, the so called “circularity problem”, Cardone et al. (2009) presented a new calibration procedure based on a model-independent local regression estimate of mu(z) using the Union Type Ia SNe sample to calibrate the GRB correlations.
  • The construction of a new HD using the La– Ta correlation alone or in combination with other data Cardone et al. (2010). This analysis showed that the use of the La-Ta relation leads to constraints in the cosmological parameters in agreement with previous results in literature. Finally, the study concluded that the best evaluation of the cosmological parameters comes from the HD made up only with the canonical GRBs.
  • The study of a possible existence of a cocoon dominated by cosmic rays with a decreased thermal gas emissivity along M87 jet boundaries (Dainotti et al. 2012). The detailed analysis of Chandra X-ray data, obtained by merging 42 separate observations, shows signatures of lower emissivity surrounding the jet.

Prizes and Awards

  1. Knightwood of the Italian Republic, the order of merit of the Italian Republic, an honor awarded directly by the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano for the excellence of the results achieved in the field of Astrophysics, 8 March 2013. The official ceremony took place in the Quirinale Palace, in Rome, Italy. As a prize, the President awarded me a gold medal. This prize is among the highest recognitions in Italy. Notably, I received this prize at the age of 34, when it is usually given after the age of 35.
  2. Blanceflor-Ludovisi award, sponsored by the Blanceflor-Ludovisi Boncompagni Foundation, May 2013-November 2013 and February 2014, spent at Stanford University, Stanford, California. Title of the award: “Application of GRB relation as a cosmological tool together with SNe Ia”.
  3. Fulbright award, sponsored by the US Department of State and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Stanford University, Stanford, California, October 2012-September 2013. The success rate for this award is 8%. Title of the grant: “GRB relations, selection effects and their implication on theoretical models”.
  4. Blanceflor-Ludovisi award, sponsored by Blanceflor-Ludovisi Boncompagni Foundation, May 2012- April 2013, Stanford University, Stanford, California. “How to correct for selection bias in GRB relations in the X-ray afterglows”. It is among the most prestigious award in Sweden for Italian and Swedish young scientists (<35 years old).
  5. L’Oreal Support Researchers-UNESCO National Award “For Women in Science”, sponsored by the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), May 2012-March 2013. I was selected from more than 300 candidates whose expertise ranged among all the scientific disciplines, such as biology, engineering, physics, astrophysics and mathematics. The jury was led by Prof. Umberto Veronesi. The award was spent at the Institute of La Normale of Pisa, Italy. The success rate for this award is 1%, and the age for participating in this award must be less than 35 years. Title of the award: “Investigation of the properties of GRBs associated with SNe Ib/c and the phenomenology of the Dainotti relation”.
  6. Angelo Della Riccia award – sponsored by Angelo Della Riccia Foundation, 2010, post-doctoral award, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. Title of the award: “Using the Dainotti relation in Gamma Ray Burst afterglow as a viable cosmological tool.”
  7. Angelo Della Riccia award – sponsored Angelo Della Riccia Foundation – postdoctoral award, 2009, spent at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. Title of the award: “Studying the Dainotti relation in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows”.

Publication List

Publications: Total papers, 82, one book, editor of one special issue and 5 papers in preparation and one submitted to Synthese and one submitted to the internal Fermi GRB collaboration. Papers published in peer-refereed journals, 38, served as the first author in 18 of them, one served as shared first author; Conf. Proc.: 45 Citations: 1122. H-index: 20; H10-index=30. Total reads: 12,450. These results are quoted in Google Scholar and NASA ADS ABS. I checked both. I also quote the IF of the journal (IF) for each paper.

Refereed papers

  1. “GRB correlations: an overview” published in e-book Physics Expanding series collection IOP on the 15th of August 2019, author Maria Dainotti.
  2. Observations and Theory of Short GRBs at the Dawn of the Gravitational Wave Era, Special Issue of Galaxies. Editors: Giulia Stratta, Andrea Rossi, Maria Giovanna Dainotti
  3. Ajello, M. et al. 2019, including Dainotti, M.G.; A Decade of Gamma-Ray Bursts Observed by Fermi-LAT: The Second GRB Catalog”, 2019, ApJ, 878, 52A 
  4.   Lloyd-Ronning, N. M.; Gompertz, Ben; Pe’er, A., Dainotti, M.G.; Fruchter, A., “A Comparison between Radio Loud and Quiet Gamma-Ray Bursts, and Evidence for a Potential Correlation between Intrinsic Duration and Redshift in the Radio Loud Population”, ApJ, 2019, 871, 118. 
  5. Stratta, G.; Dainotti, M. G.; Dall’Osso, S.; Hernandez, X.; De Cesare, G., “On the magnetar origin of the GRBs presenting X-ray afterglow plateaus”, 2018, ApJ, 869, 155.
  6.  Stratta, G. et al., including Dainotti, “THESEUS: a key space mission concept for Multi-Messenger Astrophysics”, in Advances in Space Research, 62, 3, 1, 662-682 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2018.04.013
  7. Amati, et al., including Dainotti, “The THESEUS space mission concept: science case, design and expected performances”, Advances in Space Research, 62, 1, 191-244, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2018.03.010
  8. Dainotti, M. & Amati L., “Gamma Ray Burst selection effects in prompt correlations: an overview”, PASP, 30, 987, 051001 (2018b). https://doi.org/10.1088/1538-3873/aaa8d7
  9.  Dainotti, M., del Vecchio, R. & Tarnopolski, M., “Gamma Ray Burst Prompt correlations Advances in Astronomy, vol. 2018, id. 4969503. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/4969503
  10. Dainotti, M.G., Hernandez, Postnikov, S. Nagataki, R. Willingale, O’Brien, S. Siegel, “A Study of the Gamma-Ray Burst Fundamental Plane”. ApJ, 848, 88 (2017). https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aa8a6b
  11. Dainotti, M.G., & Del Vecchio, R., “Gamma Ray Burst afterglow and prompt-afterglow relations: An overview”, NAREV, 77, 23 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.newar.2017.04.001
  12. Dainotti, M.G., Nagataki, S. Keichi, , Postnikov S. & Pian, E., “A study of gamma ray bursts with afterglow plateau phases associated with supernovae”,  A&A, 600A, 98D, (2017). https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201628384
  13. Del Vecchio, Dainotti, M.G., & Ostrowski M., “Study of GRB Light-curve decay indices in the afterglow phase”, ApJ, 828, 36 (2016). https://doi.org/10.3847/0004-637X/828/1/36
  14. Dainotti, M.G., Postnikov S., Hernandez, X., Michal Ostrowski M., “A fundamental plane for long gamma-ray bursts with X-ray plateaus”, ApJL, 825L, 20, 2016.
  15. Rea, N., Gullón, M., Pons, J.A., Perna, R., Dainotti, M.G., Miralles, J.A., Torres, D.F., “Constraining the GRB–Magnetar Model by Means of the Galactic Pulsar Population”, ApJ, 813, 92, 2015.
  16. Mao, J., Ono, M., Nagataki, S., Hashimoto, M., Ito, H., Matsumoto, J.,  Dainotti, M.G.,  Lee, S.,  “Matter  Mixing  in  Core-collapse Supernova Ejecta: Large Density Perturbations in the Progenitor Star?”, ApJ, 808, 164, 2015.
  17. Dainotti, M.G., Del Vecchio, R., Nagataki, S., Capozziello, S., “Selection effects in GRB correlations: consequences on the ratio between GRB and the star formation rate, ApJ, 800, 1, 31, 12, 2015a.
  18. Dainotti, M., Petrosian, V., Willingale, R., O’Brien, P., Michal Ostrowski, M., Nagataki, S., “Luminosity–time and luminosity–luminosity correlations for GRB prompt and afterglow plateau emissions”, MNRAS, 451, 3898, 2015b.
  19. Rowlinson, A., Gompertz, B.P., Dainotti, M.G., O’Brien, P.T., Wijers, R.A.M.J., van der Horst, A.J., ‘Constraining properties of GRB magnetar central engines using the observed plateau luminosity and duration correlation’, MNRAS, 443, 1779, 2014.
  20. Ito, H., Nagataki, S., Matsumoto, J., Lee, S., Tolstov, A., Mao, J., Dainotti, M. G., Mizuta, A., “Spectral   and   Polarization Properties of Photospheric Emission from Stratified Jets”, ApJ, 789, 159, 2014.
  21. Postnikov, S., Dainotti, M.G., Hernandez, X., Capozziello, S., “Nonparametric Study of the Evolution of the Cosmological Equation of State with SNeIa, BAO, and High-redshift GRBs”, ApJ, 783, 126, 2014.
  22. Dainotti M.G., Cardone, V.F., Piedipalumbo E., Capozziello, S., “Slope evolution of GRB correlations and cosmology”, MNRAS, 436, 82, 2013b.
  23. Dainotti M.G., Petrosian, V., Singal, J., Michal Ostrowski, M., “Determination of the intrinsic Luminosity Time Correlation in the X-ray Afterglows of GRBs”, ApJ, 774, 157, 2013a.
  24. Dainotti M.G., Michal Ostrowski, M., Harris D., Siegiminowska, A., Siekowski, H., “A cosmic ray cocoon along the X-ray jet of M87?”, MNRAS, 426, 218, 2012.
  25. Dainotti, M.G., et al., ‘The Intrinsic Nature of A Luminosity – Time Correlation In The X-ray Afterglows of GRBs’, Proceeding of the IAU Symposium, AAS, 279, 248D, 2012.
  26. Dainotti M.G., Cardone, V.F., Capozziello, S., Michal Ostrowski, M., Willingale, R., “Study of possible systematics in the LX−Ta Correlation of Gamma Ray Bursts”, ApJ, 730, 135, 2011a.
  27. Dainotti M.G., Michal Ostrowski, M., Willingale, R., “Towards a standard gamma-ray burst: tight correlations between the prompt and the afterglow plateau phase emission”, MNRAS, 418, 2202, 2011b.
  28. Dainotti  M. G., Willingale,  R.,  Cardone,  V. F., Capozziello,  S., Michal Ostrowski,  M., “Discovery of a tight correlation for gamma-ray burst afterglows with canonical light curves”, ApJL,722, L215, 2010.
  29. Dainotti M.G., Bernardini M.G., Bianco C.L., Caito L., Guida, R., Ruffini, R., “The astrophysical trypthic: GRB, SN and URCA can be extended to GRB060218?”, JKPS, 56, 1588, 2010.
  30. Cardone V., Dainotti M.G., Capozziello, S., Willingale, R., “Constraining cosmological parameters by GRBs X-ray afterglow lightcurves”, MNRAS, 408, 1181, 2010.
  31. Caito, L., Bernardini, M.G., Bianco, C.L., Dainotti, M.G., Guida, R., Ruffini, R., “GRB 060614: a progress report”, JKPS, 56, 1579, 2010.
  32. Bernardini, M.G., Bianco, C.L., Caito, L., Dainotti, M.G., Guida, R., Ruffini, R., “GRB 970228 in the canonical GRB scenario”, JKPS, 56, 1575, 2010.
  33. Cardone, V., Capozziello, S., Dainotti, M.G., “The updated Gamma Ray Bursts Hubble diagram with the Lx − Ta relation”, MNRAS, 400, 775, 2009.
  34. Caito,  L.,  Bernardini , M. G., Bianco,  C.L., Dainotti,  M.G., Guida,  R., Ruffini,  R., “GRB060614: a “fake” short GRB from a merging binary system”, A&A, 474, L13, 2009.
  35. Dainotti, M.G., Cardone, V.F., Capozziello, S., “A time luminosity correlation for GRBs in the X-rays”, MNRAS, 391, L79, 2008.
  36. Dainotti, M.G., Bernardini, M.G., Bianco, C.L., Caito, L., Guida, R., Ruffini, R., “GRB060218 and GRBs associated to Supernovae Ib/c”, A&A, 471, L29, 2007.
  37. Guida, R., Bernardini, M.G., Bianco, C.L., Caito, L., Dainotti, M.G., Ruffini, R., “ The Amati relation in the fireshell model”, A&A, 487, L37, 2008.
  38. Bernardini,  M.G.,  Bianco,  C.L., Caito, L., Dainotti, M.G., Guida, R., Ruffini, R., “GRB970228 and a class of GRBs with an initial spikelike emission”, A&A, 474, L13, 2007.
  39. Bernardini, M.G., Bianco, C.L., Caito, L., Chardonnet, P., Corsi, A., Dainotti, M.G., Fraschetti, F., Guida, R., Ruffini, R., Xue, S.S., “GRB970228 as a prototype for short GRBs with afterglow”, Nuovo Cimento, 121B, 1439, 2006
                                                                                                         Conference Proceedings
  1. Dainotti, M., Gilbertson, C., Postnikov, S., Nagataki, S., Willingale, R., “Study of the fundamental plane for Gamma Ray Bursts with X-Ray plateaus”, AAS, 22840208D, 2016.
  2. Dainotti, M., Petrosian, V., Postnikov, S., Hernandez, X., Michal Ostrowski, M., “A   fundamental plane for Gamma Ray Bursts with X-Ray plateaus”, AAS, 22840208D, 2016.
  3. Dainotti, M.G., et al., “Determination of Intrinsic Slope of the Luminosity-Time Correlation in X-Ray Afterglows of GRBs and its Implications”, ” Proc. of “XIII Marcel Grossmann meeting on General Relativity”, World Scientific Publishing Co, p 2015, conf Proc., 2106, 2016.
  4. Dainotti, M.G., et al., “Study of luminosity and time evolution in X-ray afterglows of GRBs”, “7th Huntsville Gamma-Ray Burst Symposium”, in eConf Proceedings C1304143, 2013.
  5. Dainotti, M.G., et al., ‘Correlations of Gamma-ray Bursts between the plateau and the prompt emission luminosities’, Memorie della Societa’ Astronomica Italiana (SAIS), 21, 218D, 2012.
  6. Dainotti, M.G., et al., “The Intrinsic Nature of A Luminosity- Time Correlation In the X-ray Afterglows of GRBs”, American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting 220, 319.06, 2012.
  7. Capozziello, S., Cardone, V., Dainotti, M., et al., “The Gamma Ray Bursts Hubble diagram, Proc. of ‘Advances in Computational Astrophysics: methods, tools and outcomes’ Cefalu’ Conference, 2011, Memorie della Societa’ Astronomica Italiana, 83, 324C, 2012.
  8. Dainotti, M.G., et al., “A tight correlation in the Gamma Ray Bursts X-ray Afterglows and its relation with the prompt emission”, Proc. of the Texas Symposium, Heidelberg, AIPC Conf. Proc. 1358,113D, 2011.
  9. Dainotti,  M.G.,  et al.,  “A  tight correlation for  GRB afterglows with “canonical” lightcurves Proceedings of the 25th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics. December 6-10, 2010. Heidelberg, Published online at http://pos.sissa.it/cgi- bin/reader/conf.cgi?confid=123, id.97
  10. Ruffini, R., et al., “The Blackholic energy and the canonical GRBs IV”, XIII Brazilian School on Cosmology and Gravitation (XIII BSCG), AIP Conf. Proc. 1132, 199-266, 2009.
  11. Proc. of the Conference in Cefalu’, Italy, September 2008
    12.1 Bernardini, M.G., et al., “Prompt emission and X-ray flares”, the AIP Conf. Proc. 1111, 383, 2009.
    12.2 Ruffini, R., et al., “The canonical GRBs: long and short bursts”, the AIP Conf. Proc. 1111, 325-332, 2009.
    12.3 Bianco, L. et al., “The fireshell model and the canonical scenario”, AIP Conf. Proc. 1111, 578B, 2009.
  12. “II  Kolkata  Conference on experimental evidence for BHs in the Universe”, Kolkata, India, 2008.
    13.1 Dainotti M.G., et al., “GRB 060218: a peculiar source”, AIP Conf. Proc. 1053 283,      2008.
    13.2 Bernardini M.G. et al., “The Canonical GRBs in the fireshell model”,  AIP Conf.  Proc. 1053, 267, 2008.
    13.3 Bianco, C.L., et al., “The Equations of motion of the fireshell”, AIP Conf. Proc. 1053 259, 2008.
    13.4 Caito, L., et al., “GRB 060614 in the canonical fireshell model”, AIP Conf. Proc1053, 291,  2008.
  13. Proc. of “XI Marcel Grossmann Meeting on General Relativity”, World Scientific Singapore 2008:
    14.1 Dainotti, M.G., et al., “On GRB 060218 and the GRBs related to Supernovae Ib/c”, Vol III, B, 1981.
    14.2 Guida, R., et al, “Theoretical Interpretation of GRB060124”, Vol III, B, 1995.
    14.3 Bernardini, M.G., et al., GRB970228 as a prototype for GRBs with a spike-like emission”, Vol III, B, 1992.
    14.4 Bernardini, M.G.et al., “GRB980425 and puzzling URCA 1 emission”, Vol III, B, 1959.
    14.5 Caito, L., et al., “Theoretical Interpretation of GRB011121”, Vol III, B, 1977.
    14.6 Ruffini, R., et al., “Gamma Ray Bursts”, Vol III, A, 368.
    14.7 Bianco, C.L. et al., “Theoretical interpretation of short and long GRBs”, Vol III, 1974.
  14. Proc. of the Conference of Nanjing, Nanjing, China, June 2008
    15.1 Ruffini, R. et al., “The Canonical GRBs and Their Precursors” AIP Conf. Proc. 1065, 219.
    15.2 Bianco, C.L., et al., “The Fireshell Model and the Canonical GRB Scenario, AIP Conf. Proc. 1065, 223.
  15. Dainotti, M.G., GRB 060418: flares and spectral lag, ‘3rd  Stueckelberg Workshop on Relativistic Field Theories’, held July 8-18, 2008 at ICRANet Center, Pescara (Italy), rft, confE, 18D, 2008.
  16.  “Gamma-Ray Bursts 2007 in Santa Fe”, New Mexico, ed. M. Galassi, D. Palmer, E.E. Fenimore
    17.1 Guida, R., et al., “Theoretical interpretation of the Amati relation”, AIP Conf. Proc. 1000, 60, 2008.
    17.2 Caito, L., et al., “GRB060614: a fake short Gamma-Ray Burst”, AIP Conf. Proc. 1000, 301, 2008.
    17.3 Bianco, C.L., Dainotti M. G., et al., “Short and Canonical GRBs”, AIP Conf. Proc. 1000 305-308, 2008.
    17.4 Bernardini, M.G., et al., “Preliminary analysis of GRB060607A”, AIP Conf. Proc. 1065, 227-230, 2008.
    17.5 de Barros, G., et al., “Is GRB 050509b a Genuine Short GRB?”, AIP Conf. Proc. 1065, 231,2008.
  17. Proc. of “4th Italian-Sino Workshop on Relativistic Astrophysics”, Pescara, July 2007, Italy
    18.1 Dainotti, M.G., et al., “On GRB 060218 and GRB-SN systems”, AIP Conf. Proc. 966, 25, 2008.
    18.2 Bernardini, M.G., et al. “GRB 970228 and the IC GRBs”, AIP Conf. Proc. 966, 7
    18.3 Bianco, C.L., et al. “The fireshell model and the GRB scenario”, AIP Conf. Proc. 966, 12, 2008.
    18.4 Guida, R., et al., “The Amati relation within the fireshell model”, AIP Conf. Proc. 966, 2008, 46.
    18.5 Caito, L. et al. “GRB 060614: A progress report”, AIP Conf. Proc. 966, 16C, 2008.
  18. Ruffini R., et al. “The Blackholic energy and the canonical Gamma-Ray Burst”, in the Proc. of “XII Brazilian School of Cosmology and Gravitation”, AIP Conf. Proc, 910, 55-217, 2007.
  19. Ruffini R., et al., “The role of GRB031203 in clarifying the astrophysical GRB scenario”, in the Proc. of 6th INTEGRAL Workshop, ed. S. Grebenev, R. Sunyaev and C. Winkler, ESA Special Publication 622, 2007, 561.

Outreach and Media Relations Activities

  1. PRESS RELEASE by INAF on The study of a fundamental plane for X-ray afterglows, published on ApJ the 13th of October 2017.
    1.1 http://www.inaf.it/en/inaf-news/gold- grb
    1.2 http://kipac-web.stanford.edu/three- dimensional-step- towards-sorting- out-grb- zoo
    1.3 https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/news/20171017-sorting- out-gamma- ray-bursts-zoo_en
    1.4 The news has been taken by Le Scienze the Italian edition of Scientific American
    http://www.lescienze.it/lanci/2017/10/13/news/inaf_lampi_gamma_per_studiare_la_storia_dell_universo-3709301/
    1.5 http://www.portaltotheuniverse.org/blogs/posts/view/607798/
    1.6 https://www.facebook.com/pg/FulbrightCommissionItaly/posts/ on the 13th of October
    1.7 https://www.facebook.com/pg/Marie.Curie.Actions/posts/?ref=page_internal on the 18 October 2017
    1.8 https://twitter.com/lorealitalia on the 16th of October 2017
  2. AAS 228 Meeting: INVITED PRESS BRIEFING BY AAS and PRESS RELEASE
    Swift GRBs: A 3D Step Toward Standard candles, 12-16 June 2016, San Diego. The press briefing can be found at https://aas.org/media-press/archived- aas-press- conference- webcasts. Press release of Swift is present at the following web page http://swift.gsfc.nasa.gov/news/2016/grbs_std_candles.html.
    The press briefing given at the 228th AAS has been featured in many journals, publications, websites, and blogs, including:
    2.1 https://swift.gsfc.nasa.gov/news/2016/grbs_std_candles.html
    2.2 http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=48942 http://phys.org/news/2016-06-swift-gamma-ray-burstsa-3d-standard.html2.3 https://phys.org/news/2016-06- swift-gamma- ray-burstsa- 3d-standard.html
    2.4 http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Swift_Gamma_Ray_Bursts_A_3D_Step_Toward_Standard_Candles_999.html
    2.5 http://www.spacetoday.net/olderlinks.php?sid=294088
    2.6 http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?t=36073
    2.7 https://kipac-web.stanford.edu/swift-grbs-3d-step-toward-standard-candles
    2.8 http://www.ooyuz.com/geturl?aid=12095872
    2.9 https://twitter.com/cosmoquestx on the 21th, June 2016
    2.10 http://www.portaltotheuniverse.org/blogs/posts/view/483250/

    The Stanford blog about this news received many views and has been featured among the most popular KIPAC blog http://kipac-web.stanford.edu/most- popular-blog- posts?page=1 Many other websites, publications, and newspapers in Italy such as the ones taken from Media INAF (National Italian Institute of Astrophysics) reported the news
    http://www.media.inaf.it/2016/06/21/lampi-gamma- dainotti/
    http://www.astronews.it/
    Other newspapers quoted the news:
    “il Giornale di Lecco”, a newspaper of the city and province of Lecco, Italy
    “Positanonews”, a newspaper of the city of Positano, Italy see
    http://www.positanonews.it/articolo/177246/importante-scoperta- della-astrofisica- maria-
    giovanna-dainotti- originaria-di- cava-de- tirreni-sui- grbs
    “Pomezia notizie”, a newspaper of the city of Pomezia, Italy
    “Fermento”, a newspaper of the city of Cava dei Tirreni, Italy
    “Dentro Salerno”, a newspaper of the city of Salerno, Italy.
    the magazine “Corrente Rosa” on the discovery of the fundamental plane of GRB afterglows, june 2016, http://www.correnterosa.org/maria-giovanna- dainotti-eccellenza-nellastrofisica/
  3. TV and radio interviews with
    3.1 Fulbright, as Fulbright Alumni on the impression on the Fulbright
    Program and the knighthood of the Italian Republic, July 2015, see you tube https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=AwrTcdQyd8dYrrcA9EMnnIlQ?p=mariagiovanna+dainotti&amp;fr=yhs-mozilla-001&amp;fr2=piv-web&amp;hspart=mozilla&amp;hsimp=yhs-001#id=2&amp;vid=c59c23a3886a535b9a0351d2156bd2f9&amp;action=view
    3.2 RAI (Italian Radio television) Storia, National Italian TV channel regarding the Knighthood prize, 9th March 2013,
    http://www.raistoria.rai.it/articoli/giornata-internazionale-della-donna- avanti-ragazze/20146/default.aspx
    3.3 “il Mattino” newspaper about the l’Oreal Unesco-Italy award, May 2012.
    3.4 “Famiglia Cristiana”, a weekly newspaper about the l’Oreal award in 2009 and the study of GRBs and the Dainotti relation.3.5 the magazine “Corrente Rosa”, an Italian magazine promoting activities conducted by women regarding the knighthood of the Italian Republic, May 2013.
    3.6 the magazine “Corrente Rosa” on the use of the fundamental plane as cosmological tools, October 2017. The News of the L’Oreal award was featured by national newspapers such as ANSA and ADNKRONOS, La Repubblica, il Mattino, il Sole 24 ore, il Corriere della Sera, l’Avvenire and regional newspapers such as, Cinque Giorni di Milano, Lab il Socialista, and a weekly magazine tutto scienza e tecnologia.
  4. JSPS Science in Dialogue, Lecture on “An introduction to Gamma Ray Bursts, hands on session on spectral analysis computation” at Shizuoka, High School, Japan, 28 May 2014.
  5. Open House
    5.1 at Riken, Japan, 19 April 2014
    5.2 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of KIPAC, Stanford University, CA, 27 th March 2013.
    6. Cassini Mission outreach, 15 th September, 2017, Bologna, INAF, Italy.
    7. Researcher Night “Speed dating about Gamma-Ray Bursts”, 29 th of September 2017, Bologna, Sala Borsa, Italy.

Talks at Conferences and Colloquia

Total of 58 Talks and seminars are listed in chronological order

  1. “Do short GRBs follow the star formation rate?”, Hawai, Contributed talk at the 235th American Astronomical Society, 4-8 January 2020.
  2. “GRBs rate versus the star formation rate?”, Portsmouth, Contributed talk at the Texas Symposium, 15-20 December 2019.
  3. “Gamma Ray Burst classification”, INVITED SEMINAR at the University of Milan Statale, 26th November 2019
  4. “Machine learning to extract the redshift of GRBs”, 2019 Oct 28 – Nov 1: Yamada Conference LXXI: Gamma-ray Bursts in the Gravitational Wave Era 2019, Contributed talk
  5. Honour Guest INVITED TALK “Gamma Ray Bursts”, Fulbright Alumni Meeting, 30 September 2019, Rome, Italy
  6. “Gamma Ray Bursts correlations”, University of San Luis Odispo, 26 September 2019, California, INVITED SEMINAR
  7. “A fundamental plane for Gamma Ray Bursts”, Ioffe Workshop on GRBs and other transient sources: Twenty-Five Years of Konus-Wind Experiment, 9-13 September 2019, INVITED TALK
  8. An overview on Gamma Ray Burst correlations, Frascati WORKSHOP 2019 Multifrequency Behavior of High Energy Cosmic Sources – XIII (Palermo, Italy, 3-8 June), INVITED TALK
  9. “Machine learning tools to extract the redshift of GRBs”, Nanjing GRB Conference, 13-17 May 2019, Contributed talk
  10. “GRBs correlations and machine learning”, IPMU, Tokyo, 26th of February 2019, INVITED SEMINAR
  11. “Machine learning tools to extract the redshift of GRBs”, 7 November 2018, Stanford, Micro-statistical Workshop. Contributed talk
  12. “A fundamental plane for GRB afterglows and perspective with Theseus mission”, 5-6 October 2017, Theseus Conference, Observatory of Capodimonte, Naples, Italy, INVITED TALK.
  13. “GRB cosmology”, Workshop on Astrophysical Big Bangs at Riken, 6-10 November 2017, INVITED TALK.
  14. A fundamental plane for GRB afterglows and perspective with Theseus mission, 5-6th October 2017, Theseus Conference, Observatory of Capodimonte, Naples, Italy, INVITED TALK.
  15. “Study of  a  fundamental  plane”,  Grapevine  AAS  229  Meeting,  7th  of  January  2017, Contributed talk.
  16. “The study of the fundamental plane for GRB afterglows”, INAF Conference, Bologna, 9th Fe 2017, INVITED TALK.
  17. “The study  of  the  fundamental  plane  for  GRB  afterglows  and  its  implication  for cosmology”, FLASH talk at Santa Cruz University, 3th March 2017, INVITED TALK.
  18. “GRB relations as standard candles”, in the cycle of lectures of “What Physics do”, talk at Sonoma State University, 17th October 2016, INVITED TALK see:https://videsearch.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=AwrTcdQyd8dYrrcA9EMnnIlQ?p=mariagio vanna+dainotti&fr=yhs-mozilla-001&fr2=pivweb&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-001#id=1&vid=13dbb9679e36fedd7d20bb079f4d8c6b&action=view
  19. “Swift GRBs: A 3D Step Toward Standard candles”, AAS 228 Meeting: INVITED PRESS BRIEFING and PRESS RELEASE, 12-16 June 2016, San Diego. The press briefing can be found at https://aas.org/media-press/archived-aas-press-conference- webcasts.
    Press release of Swift is present at the following web page http://swifgsfc.nasa.gov/news/2016/grbs_std_candles.html
  20. “A  fundamental  plane  for  GRB  afterglows”,  AAS  228  Meeting,  1216  June  2016, CONTRIBUTED TALK.
  21. “GRB relations and their use as cosmological probes”, The 2nd Conference on Astrophysics and  Space  Science  (APSS  2016),  in  Beijing,  China,  February  28  to  March  1,  2016, INVITED TALK.
  22. “Gamma Ray Burst cosmology”, “Texas Symposium 2015”, Geneva, Switzerland, 14-18, December 2015, CONTRIBUTED TALK.
  23. “Gamma Ray Burst relations and their cosmological use”, Workshop on “GRB-SNe”, Tokyo, Riken, August 31-2 September 2015, INVITED TALK.
  24. GRB correlations, the problem of selection effects and their application as cosmological tool”, Marcell GrossMann Meeting Conference, 12-18 July 2015, Rome, Italy, INVITED
  25. “Gamma Ray Burst, selection effects and cosmology”, Stanford University, California, 7th of April, 2015, INVITED.
  26. Gamma Ray bursts correlations and their application as cosmological tools and model discriminator”, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, 15 November 2014, INVITED.
  27. Gamma Ray  bursts  correlations  and  their  application  as  cosmological  tools”,  Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, Tokyo, Japan, 15 October 2014, INVITED.
  28. “An intrinsic luminosity-time correlation in X-ray afterglows: study of selection effects, implication for cosmology and for theoretical models”, IOFFE Workshop on GRBs: 20 Years of Konus Wind Experiment, 22-26 September 2014, INVITED TALK.
  29. “Cosmological application through GRB correlations”, Workshop Meeting on GRBs-SNe, Riken Research Institute, Wako, Japan, 25-27 August 2014, INVITED TALK.
  30. “Cosmological application through the Lx-Ta correlation”, Workshop Meeting between RIKEN-REUSCU-IPMU, Riken Research Institute, Wako, Japan, 7-8 July 2014, INVITED TALK.
  31. “GRBs correlations and selection bias”, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan, 16 May 2014, INVITED.
  32. “GRBs correlations and selection bias”, Maxi Team, Riken, Japan, 15 May 2014, INVITED
  33. “Prompt-afterglow correlations  and  possible  hints  for  theoretical  models”,  Workshop between  Tokyo  Resceu  University  and  RIKEN,  Research  Institute,  Wako,  Japan,  8 December 2013, INVITED TALK.
  34. “Gamma Ray Bursts, selection effects and their use as cosmological standard candles”, Joint meeting Astrophysical Big Bang Laboratory and Theoretical Nuclear Physics Laboratory, Riken Research Institute, Tokyo, 27 November 2013, INVITED TALK.
  35. “GRB cosmology caveat on selection effects”, Conference on GRB-SNe, Kyoto, Japan, 11-15 November 2013, CONTRIBUTED TALK.
  36. “Study of evolution of the slope of the luminosity- time correlation in the X-ray afterglows of GRBs and application for cosmological purposes”, UNAM Mexico University, Mexico City, 25 May 2013, INVITED TALK.
  37. “Study of luminosity and time evolution in X-ray afterglows of GRBs”, Huntsville GRBs Symposium, Nashville, 14-18 April 2013, CONTRIBUTED TALK
  38. “Introduction to  GRBs”,  Ana  Mendez  University,  Puerto  Rico,  USA,  17  March  2013, INVITED TALK.
  39. “Possible application of the X-ray luminosity-time correlation to radio afterglows”, Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico, 18 March 2013, INVITED TALK.
  40. “GRBs correlations”, National Polish Astrophysics Meeting, 3-6 March 2013, Contributed talk.
  41. “The intrinsic nature of the LT correlation”, Observatory of Capodimonte, Naples, Italy, 25 September 2012, INVITED TALK.
  42. “GRBs correlations used as cosmological tools: caveat on possible selection effects”, XIII Marcel GrossMann Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden, 1-7 July 2012, INVITED TALK.
  43. `Study of possible selection effects in the luminosity-time correlation’, 220th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, Anchorage, Alaska, June 2012, Contributed talk.
  44. `Study of possible selection effects in the luminosity-time correlation’, the Astrophysical Colloquia at Astronomy Department, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 27 March 2012, INVITED Seminar.
  45. `On the intrinsic nature of Luminosity-time correlation in GRBs’, IAU Symposium `Death of Massive Stars: Supernovae & Gamma-Ray Bursts’, Nikko, Japan, 12-16 March 2012, Contributed talk.
  46. `The canonical  GRBs  X-ray  Afterglows  and  tight  correlation  among  plateau  phase’s luminosity and luminosities of the prompt emission”, University of Torun, Poland, 16 May 2011, INVITED Seminar.
  47. “The canonical Gamma Ray Bursts X-ray Afterglows due to tight luminosity correlations”, Wurzburg’s University, Germany, January 2011, INVITED Seminar.
  48. “A tight correlation in the Gamma Ray Bursts X-ray Afterglows and its relation with the prompt emission”, Observatory of Capodimonte, Naples, Italy, 7 January 2010, INVITED TALK.
  49. “Application of the luminosity time correlation as a cosmological tool”, Observatory of Capodimonte, Naples, Italy, 10 January 2011, INVITED Seminar
  50. “A tight correlation in the Gamma Ray Bursts X-ray Afterglows and its relation with the so called Amati relation”, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, 10 January 2011, INVITED
  51. “GRB 060418 within the fireshell model”, the III Stueckelberg Workshop on Relativistic Field Theories, Pescara, (Italy), July 2008, CONTRIBUTED 
  52. “Review of GRBs correlations”, Wurzburg’s University, Germany, May 2008, INVITED TALK
  53. “Standardizing GRBs in the X-rays Afterglows”, MPA, Garching, Germany, July 2008, INVITED TALK.
  54. “GRB 060218:  its  peculiarity  compared  to  the  other  sources”,  “The  Second  Kolkata Conference on experimental evidence for Black holes in the Universe”, India, Feb 2008, CONTRIBUTED TALK.
  55. “GRB 060218”, the “10th Italian-Korean Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics”, Pescara Italy, June 2007, CONTRIBUTED TALK.
  56. “GRB 060218  and  the  binaries  as  progenitors  of  GRB-SN  system”,  4th  Italian-Sino Workshop on  Relativistic Astrophysics, Pescara, Italy July 2007, CONTRIBUTED talk.
  57. “GRB 060218 and the binaries as progenitors of GRB-SN system”, Meeting of the American Physical Society”, Jacksonville (Florida), 14-17 April 2007, CONTRIBUTED talk.
  58. “The GRB-SN system and the case of GRB 060218”, “XI Marcel Grossmann Meeting on General Relativity”, Berlin, Germany, 23-29 July 2006, CONTRIBUTED talk.
  59. “GRB 060418 within the fireshell model”, Cesare Lattes meeting on Gamma-Ray Bursts, Black Holes and Supernovae, Mangaratiba, Brazil, Feb 2007, CONTRIBUTED Talk.
  60. “GRB 060218: and GRB-SNe  connection”,  “XII  Brazilian  School  of  Gravitation  and Cosmology”, Mangaratiba (Brazil), September 2006, CONTRIBUTED talk.

Teaching/Supervising

At the University of Rome La Sapienza, Rome, Italy:

Nov 2005–June 2006            Teaching assistant in the “General Relativity” course held by Prof.

Ruffini.

Dec 2007–May 2008             Supervisor of a Master thesis: “GRBs as cosmological tools?” of

  1. W. Ferrara

At the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland:

Jan 2010–June 2011              Supervisor  of  a  Master  thesis:  “GRBs  correlations”  of  Urszula

Nedzinska

Feb 2010–June 2011              Teaching assistant in the Observational Astronomy coarse, held by

Dr. Waniak

Sept 2011                               Supervisor of Summer exercises of Kuba Podalicki

Feb 2009–June 2012             Teaching assistant in the high energy astrophysics course, held by

Prof. Lasota

Feb 2009–June 2012              Teaching assistant in the Observational Astrophysics, held by Prof.

Zola

Nov 2012–present                  Co-supervisor of the PhD student, Roberta del Vecchio

June–Aug 2013                      Supervisor of summer internship of students of the University of

Puerto Rico, Andrea Boria and Anna Flores

 

At Stanford University, Stanford, USA

20 June–20 Aug 2016          Supervisor of a summer undergraduate student, Christian Gilbertson,

Virginia Tech University, Virginia, USA.

 

Jan–May 2017                       Online Supervisor for a spring quarter of the student, Karen Perez

Samiento from Macalester College, Minnesota, USA

 

Mar 2017- ongoing                Supervisor of a high school student, Zooey Nguyen

from Los Altos High School.

 

Mar 2017–June 2017            Supervisor of Stephanie Striegel, undergraduate student from San

Jose State University

 

Last year, June 2016, I joined the Citizen Science project proposing a research from the title

“GRB cosmology”, see http://scistarter.com/.

Professional Memberships and Major Collaborations

  • American Astronomical Society (AAS), 2012, and since 2016
  • American Association University Women from 2017.
  • Member of the Fermi-LAT collaboration from March 2016
  • Science Core Member of the Theseus collaboration from 2016
  • Science Core Member of the High-Z GUNDAM collaboration from 2014
  • The International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics (ICRA) 2005-2008
  • International Network of the Centers for Relativistic Astrophysics (ICRAnet) 2005-2008
  • The American Physical Society (APS), 2005-2008
  • La Societa’ italiana di Fisica (SIF), 2005-2008