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Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into New LSSTC Programs
Abstract: What if you could re-write the rules of academia? What would you change to make research more joyous for black scientists, women, and other groups that are underrepresented in STEM? LSSTC has received support from a private foundation to address just such questions as we design a suite of major new programs related to research with Rubin Observatory LSST. Please join us for a discussion of this opportunity followed by some fun, interactive activities. All are welcome.
Session Agenda: The session will begin with LSSTC's Director for Science spending bout 20 minutes reminding people what LSSTC is, introducing the ambitious LSST Interdisciplinary Network for Collaboration and Computing that we are working to establish, and discussing its strategic goal of increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in astrophysics. We will then split participants randomly into breakout rooms for 30 minutes to do an activity. For the final 5 or 10 minutes, we will bring everyone back to the main Zoom room and ask representatives from each breakout room to share a key takeaway from their discussion on the Zoom chat or Slack channel. Kim Briamonte will serve as scribe, and Andy Connolly will serve as moderator.
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).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support LSST in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.