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Rubin Digest 21 November 2017

21 November 2017

Project & Science News

A reminder: The LSST Town Hall at AAS 231 will take place on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, at 7:30 pm. This Town Hall will include developments in the planning of LSST’s observing strategy and commissioning policies, and updates from the LSST Corporation and Science Collaborations on community preparations for science with LSST.

A successful LSST Safety Review, conducted by the Safety Council, took place in Chile on November 7-9, 2017. The focus of this review was to assess Chilean Base Facility and Summit Site safety processes. The presentations and tours demonstrated that safety has been effectively integrated into all levels of the Project, and that there is a high level of commitment to safety by LSST Project Management. Click here for a group photo from the event.

LSST’s fiber-optic network came one milestone closer to activation last week; the AURA LSST Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) Network Equipment that LSST will use initially was installed in several key locations. More details about the installation are available in this recent news post.

New Tucson Scheduler Team members Tiago Ribeiro, Colin Winslow, and Andrew Heyer joined veteran members Francisco Delgado and Kem Cook for a face-to-face meeting with the Cadence Optimization Team in Seattle on November 13-16. The group laid out a detailed work plan for the development, testing, and use of the Scheduler until the end of Construction phase. View a photo of the meeting here.

Congratulations to LSST Systems Engineering Manager Brian Selvy, who was selected as one of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 40 under 40. Brian will be honored at an awards breakfast on Tuesday, December 5. The complete list of winners and information about the awards event can be found here.

LSST enjoyed some positive media coverage on November 17 in this NPR story about the LSST Camera, featuring a tour of the SLAC LSST Camera clean room with SLAC physicist and LSST Camera Integration and Test subsystem scientist Aaron Roodman.

Personnel News

LSST welcomes Eric Morganson to the Data Management subsystem as Data Facility Production Scientist, based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), beginning November 1. Eric will be responsible for integrating the production services for real-time processing and alert production, and will be the primary scientific liaison with the alert production pipeline developers at the University of Washington. Eric has been, and continues to be, a member of the DES data management project; in this capacity he is responsible for daily operations of the supernova transient detection pipeline.

Rigel Carlson joined the Systems Engineering subsystem as a student intern on November 14; Rigel attends the University of Arizona and is working towards a BS in Systems Engineering. Rigel will be providing assistance with a variety of Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) tasks using the MagicDraw modeling tool, including implementing approved change requests, documenting LSST methodologies, maintaining and updating the model organization, and integration of the legacy model into a single, cohesive model.

A new position with LSST is now available: Mechanical Integration Engineer with the Telescope and Site (T&S) team. This position will be based in La Serena and will be responsible for varied tasks to assist and coordinate assembly, integration, and verification activities (AIV) at the LSST summit site on Cerro Pachón as subsystems are delivered and integrated into the support building. More information on this and other open positions can be found on the LSST hiring website.

Upcoming Meetings with LSST Involvement

(those with asterisk* are LSSTC funded):


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

December 4-8: LSST/DESC 2017 Fall/Winter Sprint Week,  Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL*

December 4-8: LSST Workshop: Science Platform Detailed Design and Engineering Workshop, Pasadena, CA

December 5-7: Dual Agency Review of the Operations Proposal, Tucson, AZ

December 13-15: III Workshop LSST Chile: Towards Science in Chile with LSST, Santiago, Chile*

December 18-19: Project Science Team Meeting, Tucson, AZ


January 8-12: American Astronomical Society (AAS) 231st Meeting, National Harbor, MD

January 10: LSST Town Hall at AAS 231, 7:30 pm

February 5: 2018 DESC Meeting/Dark Energy School, SLAC, CA*

February 5-9: LSST-DESC Collaboration Meeting, SLAC, Menlo Park, CA*

March 5-9: Systems Engineering/Data Management Joint Technical Meeting, Pasadena, CA

April 18-20: Statistical Challenges for Large-scale Structure in the Era of LSST, Oxford, UK*

June 10-15: SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation Meeting, Austin, TX

June 11-15: LSST@Europe3, Lyon, France*

August 13-17: LSST Project and Community Workshop 2018, Tucson, AZ

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