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Furman University junior Victoria Strait is a 2014 summer REU intern at UC Davis, working with Tony Tyson, Sam Schmidt, and James Jee. Victoria is applying her knowledge of astronomy and python programming to the problem of star-galaxy separation in very deep imaging surveys. The Deep Lens Survey is an LSST precursor survey. Using Deep Lens Survey data, plus recent infrared coverage of those same fields, Victoria is designing an optimal star-galaxy separation algorithm, which makes use of all the multicolor and morphology information.

Gretchen Stahlman, a doctoral student at the UA School of Information Resources & Library Sciences, is working with Suzanne Jacoby and the Communications Team to update LSST’s image use policy and communication processes as well as designing a web-based timeline and framework to digitally archive historical information about the development and construction of LSST, among other projects related to communication.

Zachary Reyna, an undergraduate engineering student from Iowa State University, is working with LSST Safety Officer Chuck Gessner to conduct a safety/human factors/ergonomic analysis of the dome and its subsystems.

Welcome, Interns!


Victoria Strait. Image Credit: Tony Tyson; Gretchen Stahlman. Image Credit: Shemyr Caro Muñoz; Zachary Reyna. Image Credit: Emily Acosta

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