January 14, 2019 - The 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) wrapped up on January 10; this year’s winter meeting took place in Seattle, WA, with more than 3000 people registered. LSST staffed an exhibitor booth during the meeting within the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Pavilion, giving project updates and answering questions from conference attendees. Numerous posters and talks were presented by LSST Project and Science Collaboration members.
On Tuesday, January 8th, LSST’s Data Management team facilitated two sessions of a LSST Science Pipelines Tutorial, giving future LSST data users a chance to experience the interface they will use to access LSST data during Operations.
Also on January 8, LSST hosted a table at the meeting’s job fair. Project team members were on hand during the event to discuss current and future LSST opportunities with meeting attendees seeking employment or career advice.
On Wednesday, January 9th, LSST hosted a Town Hall which was attended by distinguished guest Charles Simonyi. A donation from the Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Science helped support fabrication of LSST’s Primary/Tertiary Mirror (M1M3). At the Town Hall, Dr Zeljko Ivezic, Project Scientist and Deputy Director; Victor Krabbendam, Project Manager; and Dr Leanne Guy, Project Scientist for Data Management gave updates on important milestones and developments that occurred in 2018, and commented on what lies ahead for LSST in 2019. Dr Lynne Jones, System Performance Scientist, reported on the LSST Cadence Optimization white papers that were received in 2018 and are currently being reviewed. Dr Federica Bianco, LSST Science Collaborations Coordinator, gave updates from the Science Collaborations and spoke about the LSST Corporation’s Enabling Science activities.
LSST Education and Public Outreach staff had an active presence at the meeting, including a poster presentation, given by Head of EPO Dr Amanda Bauer, highlighting the continuing development of EPO activities.
Image credit P. Marenfeld (NOAO/AURA/NSF)
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).
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