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Rubin Digest 15 January 2016

15 January 2016

Project News

With our first Weekly News Digest of 2016 we link to our holiday card, and point out that only the tree was added with PhotoShop - everything else is real!  Additional construction images are being added weekly to the LSST Image Gallery; others appear on Facebook, accessible directly or from the LSST News Page.  

LSST had a strong presence at AAS227, with a well-attended Town Hall, a table at the Career Fair, active participation in the LSST-supported Hack Day, and an exhibit in the NSF pavilion showing our updated video.  Project Scientist Zeljko Ivezic’s talk on the LSST Observing Cadence has been archived in Zenodo and made available through the online Image Gallery and Publications links on   

Operations planning is proceeding rapidly, with a review of operations functions to take place Feb 11-12, 2016 in Tucson.  The review panel is: Bob Blum (NOAO), Adam Bolton (NOAO), Brenna Flaugher (Fermilab), Nancy Levenson (Gemini), Ashish Mahabal (Caltech), and Connie Rockosi (UCSC/Lick).  Review materials will be shared with LSST Project members and presented for discussion at the February Joint Technical Meeting.

Operations discussions are also underway with AURA's other ground-based optical facilities, NOAO and Gemini, to identify possible models for operational coordination and resource sharing.  These discussions will include focus on NSF cost efficiencies that could be achieved by a closer coordination between LSST and NOAO during operations.

Personnel Notes

Welcome to LSST Telescope & Site, Tomi Vucina, Coating System Engineer.  Tomi transferred from Gemini South where he worked twelve years with the Coating and Optics group. He is now working for LSST and will be living in Tucson the next few years to manage the LSST Coating Plant contract effort and support other Telescope related activities.

Upcoming Meetings with LSST Involvement

(those with asterisk* are LSSTC funded):

February 8-10, 2016: NSF Status Review, Tucson, AZ

February 22-24, 2016: LSST Joint Technical Meeting, Santa Cruz, CA

March 7-11, 2016: LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) meeting, SLAC

March 8-10, 2016: 2nd Annual US-Chile Education Summit, Chile

April 11-13, 2016: LSSTC Board Meeting* in Washington, DC

May 22 – 25, 2016: Cross-correlation Spectacular with LSST: Exploring Synergies Between LSST  and External Datasets to Discover Fundamental Physics, BNL*

May 24-26, 2016: XLDB 2016 Conference and Workshop, SLAC

June  6-10, 2016: Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy VI*, Carnegie Mellon University

June 20-24, 2016: LSST@Europe2*, Belgrade, Serbia

June 28-July 1, 2016: SPIE Astronomical Telescopes & Instrumentation, Edinburgh, Scotland

July 18-22, 2016: LSST DESC meeting, at Oxford, UK

August 15-19, 2016: LSST 2016 Project & Science Workshop, Tucson, AZ

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