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Calibrating Progress

February 3, 2017 – Construction is progressing quickly on Cerro Pachón, not only on the main LSST Facility Building but also on the concrete foundation for the Auxiliary Telescope.  This 1.2-meter telescope will measure atmospheric conditions at the site and provide information necessary to calibrate the LSST data throughout the survey.  [Read More …]

A Prize Winning Search for Hidden Figures in STEM

January 20, 2017 - Congratulations to Maria Patterson, a Research Scientist at the University of Washington’s Department of Astronomy working in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Data Management Science Pipelines group.  Maria is a runner-up in the “Search for Hidden Figures Contest", a contest sponsored by PepsiCo and 21st Century Fox, to find the next generation of women who will lead the way in STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.   From a total of 7,000 applicants, two grand prize winners and 10 runners-up were selected.

Fiber-optic installation

January 13, 2017 – During LSST operations, data will flow from the summit of Cerro Pachón, beginning with the data acquisition interface between camera and telescope subsystems, through to the data products accessed by end users.  To facilitate the first step of this journey, installation of the dedicated fiber-optic cable from the summit to base facility is well underway.  The cable goes from Cerro Pachon to the AURA gatehouse on the telescope site, across and down highway 41 to La Serena, then in town to the LSST Base Facility on the AURA Recinto.

LSST at AAS 229

January 5, 2016 – LSST is one of about 75 exhibitors and 2500 attendees at AAS 229 in Grapevine, TX, this week.  At last night’s LSST Town Hall, Beth Willman, Pat Eliason, and Lucianne Walkowicz spoke to the crowd of ~160 about the LSST Project, Corporation, and Science Collaboration activities.  At the LSST booth, we’re promoting LSST’s construction activities and hiring campaign, as well as interacting with the crowd and providing general information about LSST.  You can follow #aas229 on twitter for a real-time window into activities, until the meeting concludes on Saturday.

Happy Holidays

Dear Colleagues, we at LSST wish you a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season.  Best wishes for the New Year!  The LSST Project Office will be closed for holidays on December 26 & 27, 2016, and January 2 & 3, 2017.  The Weekly Digest will not be distributed on December 23, 30, or January 6, picking up again Friday, January 13th, 2017, after the AAS Meeting.

LSST Workplace Culture and Inclusion

December 16, 2016AURA’s Workforce and Diversity Committee (WDC) met in Tucson last week, bringing together Human Resources representatives, external experts, and the Diversity Advocates at each of the five AURA center: Gemini, LSST, NOAO, NSO, and STScI.  The committee works on issues related to building and maintaining a “fully diverse workforce where individuals feel genuinely empowered to bring their diverse perspectives into the ongoing creation of ideas and approaches.” 

LSST reported on three goals previously identified as valuable to the LSST Project and benefitting from expertise within the WDC:

First Science Raft Tower Module Completed!

December 9, 2016 - The Science Raft team, located primarily at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), has constructed the very first Science Raft Tower Module populated with a full array of 9 CCDs and 3 Raft Electronics Boards (REBs).  The Raft is an Engineering Test Unit (ETU1), which was assembled for design and construction validation purposes and will be used to support commissioning efforts at Test Stand 8 where a full suite of electro-optical tests will be performed at the Raft level.  The Raft Sensor Assembly (RSA) for this ETU was already leveraged to commission Test Stand 5, where warm and cold RSA metrology is performed at temperatures as low as -100oC.

DM-Commissioning Workshop

December 9, 2016 - As part of preparations for the upcoming Commissioning Plan review next January at SLAC, Systems Scientist Chuck Claver led a productive Data Management (DM)-centered commissioning workshop at the University of Washington this week.  The team worked on defining the observations needed to verify the scientific performance of the DM system and how to manage the transfer from commissioning to operations. Workshop participants included Keith Bechtold, Eric Bellm, Andy Connolly, Robert Gruendl (remotely),  Zeljko Ivezic, Mario Juric, K-T Lim, Robert Lupton, and Kevin Reil. Their main deliverable is a revised and significantly extended Commissioning Plan document and detailed plans for the review presentations.

Coating Plant PDR Review

December 2, 2016 - Five members of the T&S team traveled to Dresden to participate in the LSST Coating Plant PDR review on Nov 29th-Dec 2nd. The focus of the meeting was to review design progress of the vacuum vessels, pumping equipment, coating process, and cleaning/washing platforms and equipment. The team at Von Ardenne has designed a custom rotary magnetron system capable of meeting the stringent LSST requirements for coating thickness and uniformity. While the team was there for the review, they got to witness the first light of LSST's custom 2.4-meter magnetron. (pictured).Other topics included participation remotely to Tucson to review electrical, safety, and hazard analysis.

LSST & AAVSO

November 17, 2016 - Project Scientist Zeljko Ivezic and Data Management team member Meredith Rawls, both astronomers at the University of Washington, along with David Ciardi, the science lead for LSST’s Science User Interface Team (SUIT) from IPAC, all participated in the 105th Meeting of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) in Boston, MA, November 10 – 12, 2016.  The theme of this year’s meeting was The AAVSO's Role in the Age of Large Surveys and throughout the meeting, many presentations and discussions explored ways in which amateur astronomers could contribute their expertise to extend the science being done by surveys such as LSST, TESS, GMT, KEL

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Financial support for LSST comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded LSST Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the LSST camera is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
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