rubinann17013 — Announcement

Rubin Digest 06 June 2017

6 June 2017

Project News

Registration is now open for the LSST 2017 Project and Community Workshop, which will take place at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, AZ the week of August 14th. Click here for more details and a link to registration. Agenda topics are currently being solicited; you can make your suggestions by clicking “Suggest a Session” on the workshop home page. We look forward to seeing you at #LSST2017!

A draft of the LSST Operations Proposal is now in the hands of 19 external red team reviewers. The review team’s reading period has ended, and feedback will be discussed with Project leadership at a face-to-face meeting on June 7-8.

A joint teleconference between the Project Science Team and the chairs of Science Collaborations was held on May 30. The main topic was “LSST Plans for Cadence Optimization.” Slides are available at this link, and the audio recording is can be found here.

The M1M3 Cell Integration Readiness Review took place on May 23rd. The review agenda focused on the status of the mirror support components, the sequence of integration, and a summary of upcoming testing activities. The individual component tests will be done at NOAO before moving to CAID to begin the system integration and testing phase with the M1M3 Cell.

Members of the Telescope & Site team traveled to Harris in Rochester, NY May 30-31 for the Secondary Mirror (M2) Cell Assembly and Optical Test Review. The agenda focused on the status of recent testing, the status of demonstration work with mirror support hardware and the surrogate mirror, and a summary review of the planned optical testing campaign. Mirror and Cell Assembly integration is planned in late June to support the first light optical testing in July.

The Education and Public Outreach (EPO) team conducted a workshop on June 1-2 to discuss topics including data rights; interactions between EPO, Data Management (DM), and NCSA; workflow of citizen science projects; and user interfaces.

The camera team reported achievement of a milestone: the acceptance of the first Raft Tower Module (RTM) that will be part of the camera’s focal plane. Two additional RTMs are in progress.

This week’s construction photos from Cerro Pachón show that the Ash Dome for the Calibration Telescope has been completed and is awaiting installation.

Corporation News

The LSST Corporation's Data Science Fellowship Program, described in a recent LSST blog post, was featured in Wired on May 26, 2017, in an article about how important it is for today's astronomers to train in computer science. Read the article here.


Jeff Gaynor joined the Project Office subsystem as Research Programmer on April 1. He will be working at NCSA as a Research Programmer for Information Security.

Kristina “Kay” Avila joined the Project Office subsystem as Security Engineer on May 16. Kay will be working at NCSA as a Security Engineer for Information Security.

David Wheeler joined the Data Management subsystem as Lead Network Engineer on April 16. He will be involved in construction and planning for operations of the LSST Data Facility.

Upcoming Meetings with LSST Involvement

(those with asterisk* are LSSTC funded):


June 12 – 16: Getting Ready for Doing Science with LSST Data*, IN2P3, Lyon, France

June 19 – 21: AURA Workforce and Diversity Committee (WDC), Maui, HI

June 25-30: Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes (AO4ELT5) Meeting, Canary Islands, Spain

July 10 - 14: DESC Meeting, Dark Energy School, and Hack Day*, jointly hosted by Stony Brook University & BNL

July 25-27: NSF/DOE Joint Status Review of Data Management, NCSA, IL

August 14 – 18: LSST 2017 Project & Community Workshop, Tucson, AZ

September 6 – 8: NSF/DOE Joint Status Review, Tucson, AZ

September 14 – 15: AURA Management Council for LSST (AMCL) Meeting, Tucson, AZ

October 22-26: Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) Conference, Santiago, Chile

October 26-28: Society of Women Engineers WE17 Conference, Austin, TX

November 7 – 9: AURA Workforce & Diversity Committee (WDC), La Serena, Chile

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