November 8, 2013 - Northwestern University (NU) has joined LSST Corporation, bringing the total number of LSSTC Institutional Members to 39. NU’s Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) led the membership petition, which promoted its strong focus on astrophysical research and broad interdisciplinary involvement with a wide community of researchers. Faculty and postdoctoral fellows at CIERA work on a wide range of LSST-related topics: from stellar binary mergers and LIGO to transient events, AGN surveys and characterization, dense stellar dynamics, galaxy clusters and gravitational lensing, planetary transits, and other solar system transients. In addition, a number of particle physics faculty members are interested in joining LSST, contributing in the area of statistics and big-data challenges. LSST Data Management Project Scientist Mario Juric can expect a big audience when he presents Large Synoptic Survey Telescope: Entering the Era of Petascale Optical Astronomy at CIERA on November 12.
Financial support for Rubin Observatory 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 Rubin Observatory 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 the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) 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 Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.
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