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Greetings from headquarters in Tucson and best wishes for a happy new year.

LSST Begins Pre-Commissioning Preparations

 

We are pleased to announce Dan Petrocelli as LSST Corporation’s new Senior Director of Development. <<More>>

The LSST Corporation hosted a reception for the international contributor representatives in attendance at the LSST2017 Project and Community Workshop held recently in Tucson, AZ.

Reception guests included: (standing l. to r.) Nicola Napolitano, INAF (Italy); Nicholas Rattenbury, University of Auckland (New Zealand); Sarah Brough, University of New South Wales (Australia); Jun Zhang, Shanghai University (China); Dominque Boutigny, IN2P3 (France); Min-Su Shin, KASI (Korea); Darko Jevremovic, Astronomical Observatory Belgrade (Serbia); Róbert Szabó, Konkoly Observatory (Hungary); Sherry Suyu, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (Germany); Byeong-Gon Park, KASI (Korea); Lee Kelvin, Liverpool John Moores University (UK), and Patricia Eliason, LSSTCorp Executive Officer.

11-15 June 2018; Langues et de Cultures; Lyon, France

19-21 June 2018; University of Illinois/National Center for Supercomputing Applications; Champaign, IL

10-12 July 2018; University of Washington; Seattle, WA

The DSFP seeks member institutions willing to serve as host venues...
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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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Late November/Early December 2018; La Serena, Chile

A nationwide, three-day workshop to gather scientists, engineers, students, and other professionals in related areas with interest in LSST to discuss the project and its scientific potential for the Chilean community. This is the fourth year for this workshop, which started in 2015, with more than 250 participants.

Contact: Patricio Rojo, Universidad de Chile

LSSTC Support: $8,300

 

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.

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