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On March 5, 2015, representatives from the Institut National de Physique Nucléaire et de Physique des Particules (IN2P3), of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), a French public scientific and technological institution, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation (LSSTC), SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, The LSST Project Office (LSSTPO), and The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, met in Paris, France to sign two agreements solidifying partnerships related to the construction, operations, and exploitation of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).

 January 10, 2015

The LSST Corporation (LSSTC) and its member institutions celebrated the completion of the LSST M1M3 telescope mirror on January 10, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona. The 8-meter monolithic primary/tertiary mirror (M1M3) was constructed and spun cast into a single piece of glass in 2008; in the more than 6 years since, the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory Mirror Lab (SOML) meticulously polished the two separate figures. The M1M3 mirror is at the heart of the LSST telescope and the celebration marked a huge step toward making LSST a reality.

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On behalf of David MacFarlane, Board Chair

Dear Colleagues: I am pleased to inform you that Patricia Eliason, currently with the National Solar Observatory (NSO), has accepted an offer as the LSSTC Executive Officer with a start date of September 29. The Board envisions that the Executive Officer, working in close coordination with Steve Kahn, the LSST Director, will be a key part of LSSTC’s strategy of supporting science and science preparations with LSST, raising private funding to help realize our ambitions in these activities, and concluding agreements with international partners for contributions during the operational phase of LSST.

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