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Rubin Digest 02 December 2016

2 December 2016

Project News

LSST Deputy Director Beth Willman participated in the 6th Subaru International Conference in Hiroshima, Japan, November 28 – December 02, 2016.  Beth presented first results and predictions for a Subaru/HSC observational program to comprehensively map LMC stellar mass galaxies at distances of ~2- 4 Mpc., highlighting some challenges encountered and lessons learned as data is being processed through a prototype LSST pipeline.

Five members of the T&S team traveled to Dresden to participate in the LSST Coating Plant PDR review on Nov 29th-Dec 2nd. You can read more about the review and the custom magnetron in this week’s blog.

With an eye on commissioning planning, project members from Data Management and the Systems Engineering Team will be in Seattle, December 5th- 8th for a Data Management Commissioning Plan Workshop being held at the University of Washington. 

Corporation News

The LSST Corporation's Enabling Science Committee is soliciting funding proposals to support programs that help prepare for LSST science.  Proposals are due no later than Monday, December 19, 2016 at midnight (2400 hours) PST.  Click here for details. 

Personnel News

Systems Engineering Manager, George Angeli has announced his departure from LSST. George has spent 16 years working on extremely large telescope projects, four of which have been with LSST. The project is grateful for the managerial and technical contributions George has made during his time with the Systems Engineering Team. Please join us in congratulating George on his new position at the Giant Magellan Telescope where we are sure he will continue to contribute even more to the advancement of large astronomical telescopes.

Augustin Guyonnet has joined the Data Management subsystem as Post-Doctoral Fellow and reports to John Swinbank. Augustin's home institution is Harvard University, Department of Physics. Augustin will participate in the development of the tools (hardware, analysis software, and modeling) needed to determine the optical transmission of the atmosphere at wavelengths that are relevant to LSST observations.

Kenny Lo joined the Data Management subsystem as Senior Software Developer on November 21, 2016 and will report to Fritz Mueller. Kenny's home institution is SLAC. Kenny will be working closely with Nate Pease and Brian Van Klaveren to help the DAX team pick up additional velocity on the future evolution of the Data Butler and DAX Web Services.

Upcoming Meetings with LSST Involvement

(those with asterisk* are LSSTC funded):


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

December 19: LSST Corporation Enabling Science 2017 Call for Proposal Deadline


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 Tuesday, January 4th. 

January 24 - 26: Commissioning Review, SLAC National Accelerator Lab

January 30: L1/L2 Test Readiness Review, AOS (tentative date)

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 6-8: LSST Joint Technical Meeting, Glendale, CA

March 13 - 15: Blind Analysis in High-Stakes Survey Science: When, Why, and How? *SLAC; Menlo Park, CA

April 3 - 5: LSSTC F2F Board Meeting and Hill Visits, Washington, DC

April  6 & 7: AURA Management Council for LSST (AMCL) Meeting, Washington, DC

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

May 31-June 2: Supernovae Workshop *, Northwestern University, IL

June 12 – 16: Getting Ready for Doing Science with LSST Data, Lyon, France

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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