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Michael Wood-Vasey for LSSTC Executive Board Chair

Michael has been involved in leading the science planning for supernova science with the Vera C. Rubin Observatory LSST survey for the past 15 years.  He has been a member of the Executive Board of the LSST Corporation since 2019 and has served as Vice Chair since 2020.  He is currently co-chair of the DESC Computing Committee.  Michael previously served as the Scientific Spokesperson for the third generation of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey project




Kathryn Johnston for LSSTC Executive Board Vice Chair

I have an undergraduate degree from Cambridge in Mathematics and  PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics. I was a postdoc at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and junior faculty at Wesleyan University (Connecticut). I joined the Columbia faculty as a tenured professor in July 2006 and have been there ever since. I have leadership experience in faculty governance, developing community resources for research and fostering supportive work environments. My professional roles at Columbia include serving as chair for: the Shared Research Computing Policy Advisory Committee, 2014-2016 (Columbia-wide); the Astronomy Department, 2014-2017; and the Committee on Equity and Diversity, 2019-2022 (within the School of Arts and Sciences).


 I was happy to join the LSSTC Institutional Board as the member representative for Columbia in 2019: my research interests in Galactic Dynamics and the Milky Way make LSST the survey to be involved with in the next decade; and my service work is strongly motivated by building networks and community (as noted above). I have been delighted to join at a time when LSSTC is redefining its purpose to become even more closely aligned with my own professional interests. I would be delighted to be working with the LSSTC Executive Officer, staff, EB and IB towards these inspirational aims.





The first Rubin Operations Project and Community Workshop will take place the week of August 7-11, 2023. This meeting has always been led by the Construction project but as the focus shifts more towards science this is the right time for Operations to take on this important annual event. This year’s meeting will be held in-person at the Marriott University Park in Tucson, AZ. We hope to make some sessions (plenaries and general-interest sessions) virtually accessible for those who cannot attend in person.



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