rubinann16038 — Announcement

Rubin Digest 14 October 2016

14 October 2016

Project News

The LSST Science Advisory Committee has posted a series of recommendations to the LSST Project Office, on topics including the decision-making process for deciding on the LSST cadence and the selection of deep-drilling fields.  Also available are presentations to the SAC concerning the above topics, as well as the LSST Science User Interface and an MSIP-funded program led by the Las Cumbres Observatory.

CCD acceptance testing continues at Brookhaven National Laboratory using one of the two single-sensor electro-optical test stands. A priority of the project is to accumulate enough sensors to begin performance-testing of the science-raft tower module.

A workshop titled “Getting to Know the LSST” will take place at next week’s AAS/DPS meeting.  Deputy Director Beth Willman will present a summary and status of LSST at the workshop, which has been scheduled on Monday, 17 October from 4:30 to 6:30pm in Ballroom C at the Pasadena Convention Center. 

University of Washington hosted a meeting of the managers of Data Management software teams last week. The group focused on finalizing definitions of work packages and cost estimation needed for the upcoming baseline change request related to the DM replan. 

Corporation News

At last week’s meeting in Tucson, the LSSTC Board added Susan Hutchison, former Executive Director of the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences, and Farnaz Khadem to the Board as appointed members, along with newly elected members Harry Ferguson and Larry Gladney.  Representatives Larry Ramsey and Fred Gilman have rotated off the Board and the NOAO representative has changed from David Silva to Adam Bolton.

Interested participants at next week’s AAS/DPS meeting are encouraged to attend the LSSTC-funded Solar System Science Collaboration meeting on Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in room C107 of the Pasadena Convention Center.

Personnel News

Paul Domagala has joined the Data Management subsystem at NCSA as the Research Computing Facility Service Manager.  Paul will be the primary liaison to users of LSST services operating at NCSA to support construction activities. As new Archive services are provided for construction, commissioning, and eventually operations, Paul will manage the services to assure that they continue to meet the needs of the project.  Before coming to LSST, Paul spent 25 years at Argonne National Lab designing and managing scientific IT services for major projects and collaborations.

Yi Mei has joined the Data Management subsystem at IPAC as a senior application developer to work on the design, development, and testing of the Science User Interface. Prior to joining LSST, Yi spent about ten years as a system engineer at NASA’s Herschel Science Center.

At SLAC, Antone Bullock has agreed to step into the role of Design Coordinator for LSST camera work at SLAC following Don Arnett’s retirement.  Antone has been involved in the camera project as a lead mechanical designer for both the cryostat and camera body for some time, and recently become much more involved in systems integration design efforts and overall camera design issues, so stepping into this new role is a good fit for the camera team and him.

The latest LSST job posting is for an Integration and Test Engineering Manager at SLAC.

Upcoming Meetings with LSST Involvement

(those with asterisk* are LSSTC funded):


October 16 – 21: LSST Workshop and Solar System Science Collaboration Meeting @ DPS 48 / EPSC 11, Pasadena, CA

October 27 - 29: Society of Women Engineers Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

November 7 – 9: LSST Operations Plan Review, Tucson, AZ

November 7-11: LSST DESC Hack Week *, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

November 16-18: Preparing for Supernova Science in the LSST Era: A Kick-Off Workshop *University of Pittsburgh, PA

December 1-2: Precision Astronomy with Fully Depleted CCDs*, BNL

December 12 - 13: Towards Science in Chile with the LSST 2016 *Viña del Mar, Chile

December 13 - 14: AURA Workforce and Diversity Committee (WDC), Tucson, AZ


January 3: ZTF Community Workshop at AAS 229*, Grapevine, TX

January 3: LSST AGN Science Collaboration Roadmap Development Meeting*AAS 229 Meeting; Grapevine, TX

January 3 - 7: AAS 229, Grapevine, TX.  LSST’s Open House is 7:30 – 9:00p, on Wednesday, January 4th.

February 2 – 3: AURA Management Council for LSST (AMCL) Meeting, Tucson, AZ

February 13-17: DESC Meeting, Dark Energy School, and Hack Day*, SLAC National Accelerator Lab

March 15 - 17: Supernovae Workshop *, Northwestern University, IL

April 3-7: LSST DESC Hack Week *, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

May 22 – 25: Infrastructure for Time Domain Science in the Era of LSST, Tucson, AZ

July 10-14: DESC Meeting, Dark Energy School, and Hack Day*, Brookhaven National Lab

August 14 – 18: LSST 2017 Project & Community Workshop, Tucson, AZ

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