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Richard F. Caris, a friend and enthusiastic supporter of the LSST project, died on August 9th at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 81.

Richard’s $2.3 million gift to the LSST Corporation marked the first philanthropic support of the novel 8.4-meter diameter primary and tertiary (M1M3) mirror for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and enabled the purchase of the special high purity glass. The M1M3 mirror is now complete.

Richard was attracted to the LSST because of its engineering and scientific novelty. He saw his support as enabling a New Sky for the next generation of curious minds.


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Through a generous matching grant from Charles Simonyi and Bill Gates, the LSSTC is able to invest in a new science research initiative called Enabling Science. The initiative will help advance the science of cosmology, astronomy, and physics in support of the LSST project and its accompanying big data.

As a recipient of an LSSTC grant in 2015, CIERA/Northwestern's LSSTC Data Science Fellowship Program (DSFP) wll enhance a traditional astrophysics curriculum--extending a strong physics education to one that encompasses computational techniques, programming skills, data management, statistics, and data analysis.

Linden Hickey joins the LSST Corporation as Executive Assistant to Pat Eliason, Corporate Executive Officer. Linden brings over 30 years of executive level support experience to the Corporation from the private sector where she most recently served as Senior Business Development Coordinator/Marketing Manager for a consulting engineering firm.

Each year, the LSSTC Enabling Science Committee solicits proposals for LSSTC funding to support workshops, schools and other projects to prepare for the research...

After a long and distinguished career at The Ohio State University, first as Chair of the Department of Astronomy and then since 2006 as Vice Provost of Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School, Patrick Osmer is stepping down from university administration effective August 31 to return to his roots in the astronomy research community. We are very fortunate that Pat has agreed to join the LSST team as a senior advisor to the Corporation. 

LSSTC is in the midst of mounting a campaign to raise public and private investment in enabling science with LSST. The LSST data set will represent the ultimate in big data challenges to the science community and a paradigm shift for astronomy and physics. Preparing the science community now to face this challenge is a primary goal for LSSTC, one that will be significantly enhanced by Pat's standing in the community as a scientist and experienced academic administrator. His connections in the international astronomy community will also be invaluable to another primary goal of the LSSTC, namely raising international contributions to operations of LSST. Finally, his experience and strong connections to the astronomy community will be a tremendous asset to our engagement in initial planning with AURA, SLAC and the LSST Project for LSST operations.

LSSTC is very excited by this development and looks forward to working with Pat to realize these important goals. Welcome Pat to the LSSTC team.

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope’s ‘Eye’ Will be Built at SLAC

August 31, 2015 Menlo Park, Calif. — The Department of Energy has approved the start of construction for a 3.2-gigapixel digital camera – the world’s largest – at the heart of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). Assembled at the DOE's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, the camera will be the eye of LSST, revealing unprecedented details of the universe and helping unravel some of its greatest mysteries. The construction milestone, known as Critical Decision 3, is the last major approval decision before the acceptance of the finished camera, said LSST Director Steven Kahn: “Now we can go ahead and procure components and start building it.”

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