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Rubin Digest 25 July 2017

25 July 2017

Project News

LSST 2017 is fast approaching! More than 240 participants have registered for the August 14-18 meeting, and the detailed agenda has been posted. Changes are still being made, so check back before the meeting to see the most up-to-date version.

LSST Data Management Subsystem Scientist Mario Juric gave a presentation titled What to Expect of the LSST Archive: The LSST Science Platform at the LSST Science Collaboration Chairs/Project Science Team meeting on July 18th. Slides from his talk are available here. Dr. Amanda Bauer, Head of Education and Public Outreach, presented LSST Education and Public Outreach at the same meeting; her slides can be viewed here.

The azimuth structure of the Telescope Mount Assembly (TMA), which is supported on a set of six azimuth and six radial hydrostatic bearings, floated on oil for the first time this month at subcontractor Asturfeito’s facility in Spain. The system was pressurized to 100 atmospheres at the beginning of July; this test verified that the azimuth bearings and the oil supply system are working. The support of the full structural load of the telescope begins after the elevation structure is mounted and balanced next month.

Safety training courses related to the work involved in Assembly Integration Verification and Commissioning in Chile have begun; a training course in fall protection was recently held for LSST team members in Tucson, AZ. Read more about it in this blog post.

A new mailman list has been established for the LSST Communications Team, Please use this list, rather than sending email to an individual, for all issues or comments regarding Communications. Appropriate topics include web pages, social media, images, Digest content, media requests, upcoming meeting dates, announcements, and other news. If in doubt, send it to the list and we’ll sort it out!

Corporation News

Lucianne Walkowicz has accepted an exciting yearlong position beginning in October of 2017: the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Lucianne will be continuing in her role as the Director of the LSST Corporation’s Data Science Fellowship Program (DSFP), but will be stepping down as LSST Science Collaboration Coordinator. We wish Lucianne the best of luck as she takes on a new challenge--you can read about the work she’ll be doing here.


Colin Winslow joined the LSST Telescope and Site (T&S) team as a Software Developer on July 17. Colin will be working to develop the Observatory Control System (OCS) Scheduler.   

Upcoming Meetings with LSST Involvement

(those with asterisk* are LSSTC funded):


July 25-27: NSF/DOE Joint Status Review of Data Management, NCSA, IL

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

September 6 – 8: NSF/DOE Joint Status Review, Tucson, AZ

September 14 – 15: AURA Management Council for LSST (AMCL) Meeting, Tucson, AZ

September 26-28: Education and Public Outreach (EPO) subsystem review, Tucson, AZ

September 20-22: NSF Site visit, La Serena, Chile

October 22-26: Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) Conference, Santiago, Chile

October 26-28: Society of Women Engineers WE17 Conference, Austin, TX

November 30 - December 1: AURA Workforce & Diversity Committee (WDC), Baltimore, MD

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