Leonardo Awards 2020

The Leonardo da Vinci Society and the Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF) Bay Area Chapter are proud to present the Leonardo Award 2020 . This award recognize the outstanding contributions of Italian/Italian American early career researchers/scholars working in the San Francisco Bay Area .

We have received many applications and we want to thank you all the candidates for their enthusiasm as well as all the jury committee for their hard work.

We are happy to announce the winners of the 2020 Leonardo Awards :

Caterina Vernieri  for Physics, Mathematics and Engineering

Caterina Vernieri is currently Panofsky Fellow (associate scientist) at SLAC. She received her PhD from Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy in 2014 and then moved to Chicago for a postdoctoral fellowship at Fermi National Laboratory. She studies the fundamental interactions of elementary particles, in particular the mechanism responsible of their mass at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. Throughout her career, she has worked mainly with the LHC data, with the goal of unraveling the details of the nature of the Higgs boson through work on both the CMS and ATLAS experiments. She has led the Higgs to b-quark group at the time of the observation of the Higgs to b decay and led both exotic searches and Higgs measurements. At SLAC she is also leading the integration of the ATLAS pixel inner tracker (L3 manager for the US ATLAS Upgrade), to be installed in the process of upgrading the LHC to High Luminosity LHC. Within the ongoing Particle Physics Community Planning Exercise (Snowmass21), organized by the Division of Particles and Fields (DPF) of the American Physical Society, she is co-leading  the Higgs Properties and Couplings topical group  at future colliders facilities.

Evelyn Ferraro for Humanities

A native of Italy, Evelyn Ferraro holds a Ph.D. in Italian Studies from Brown University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at Santa Clara University, where she teaches courses in Italian language, culture, literature and cinema, contemporary immigration to Italy, and the Italian American experience, which is also a central aspect of her research interests. Her scholarship in Transnational Italian Studies explores the relationships between Italianità perceived and constructed as national belonging and the transnational identities resulting from old and new migrations.  Evelyn’s scholarly work on migration narratives has appeared in national and international academic publications, such as California Italian Studies (2020), Quaderni d’italianistica (2018), the volume Artistic Citizenship (Oxford University Press, 2016). She is also a Book Review Editor for Altreitalie, an International Journal of Studies on Italian Migrations in the World based in Turin, Italy.

Enrico Daldello for Life and Sciences

Dr. Daldello obtained his master degree in molecular biology at “Universitá degli Studi di Padova” in Italy. At the end of his master, Dr. Daldello moved to France thanks to the Erasmus program and, in 2015, he obtained his Ph.D. from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) for his studies on the molecular mechanisms regulating the inhibition of DNA replication during the meiotic divisions. At the end of 2015, Dr. Daldello joined the Center for Reproductive Science of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) as a postdoctoral fellow. His research aimed at understanding the reciprocal regulation between meiotic divisions and de novo protein translation. These studies revealed how the regulation of protein translation is crucial in determining the quality of the female gametes. During these years of research, Dr. Daldello has been supported by the Lalor Foundation for Innovation in Reproductive Health and ARC Foundation for the research on cancer.

The awards will be presented with our Leonardo Sculpture and a $1,000 prize at The Leonardo da Vinci Gala Ceremony on September 30 2020 at 5pm via Zoom. PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND THE EVENT.


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