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Application Deadline: August 22

The LSSTC Data Science Fellowship Program (DSFP) is now accepting applications for new students at astrodatascience.org!
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February/March 2019; location TBD

Core science cases of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) would greatly benefit from overlapping observations with NASA's recently developed Superpressure Balloon (SPB) capability. SPB-based imagers can provide near-space quality and enormous imaging speed in the blue/UV, which can calibrate critical LSST measurements (e.g., galaxy shapes and photometry). Our workshop will explore possible synergies between LSST science and planned, future SPB missions.

March 2019; 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

 

LSSTCorp’s new Director for Science, Jennifer (Jeno) Sokoloski, comes to us from Columbia University, where she performs multi-wavelength observations of interacting binary stars and stellar transients as a Research Scientist at Columbia’s Astrophysics Laboratory.

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.

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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