LSST Institutional Members from Illinois met at Argonne National Laboratory on May 30 for the inaugural meeting of LSST@Illinois. Organized by Salman Habib, the meeting was attended by about 40 individuals from Adler Planetarium, Argonne, Fermilab, University of Illinois/NCSA and Northwestern University. Many in the group "bonded" previously at a Washington, DC LSST Board Meeting and decided to continue their discussion of current projects, what each institution would individually like to get out of LSST, and how they can work together to help LSST@Illinois as well as the LSST project. The agenda included short overviews from each institution in the morning session, and 'breakout' discussions in the afternoon on a number of subtopics. The final session elicited various ideas on collaborative activities and associated action items. Salman soon will provide a URL to share LSST@Illinois activites and perhaps inspire other similar collaborations.
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