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.