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

Dan brings over 20 years of fund development experience to his position, including serving as Director of Development at the University of Arizona (Steward Observatory, Eller College, and College of Science), where he identified new prospects, and cultivated and solicited gifts for all aspects of the Astronomy program at the University. He was responsible for securing a $20M gift for the Giant Magellan Telescope project and assisted with board development and engagement while with Steward, including increased board participation in philanthropy.

Prior to settling in Arizona, Dan served as Director Planned Giving at Clark University in Worcester, MA. His previous positions also include Associate Director of Planned Giving for Brown University in Providence, RI and at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA.

His areas of expertise include cultivation of donor prospects, planned giving, board development, volunteer management, and event planning in support of fund development efforts. Dan brings infectious enthusiasm for fund development to the Corporation. We look forward to working with him on future projects.

5-9 February 2018; SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; Stanford University, CA

The winter 2018 Dark Energy Science Collaboration meeting will include a one-day Dark Energy School and a hack day on the day before/after the collaboration meeting. 

Contact: Pat Burchat

LSSTC Support: $11,000

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.

18-20 April 2018; University of Oxford; Oxford, UK

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

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

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.

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