MSE2020 Agenda: all-hands telecons in October

MSE2020: all-hands telecons in October


Telecon 1: MSE, now until first light

October 8, 2020 @ 8:00 a.m. (HST)

An overview of the status of MSE, including recent design progress, partnership engagement, and path towards first light in Hawaii. Presenters: Kei Szeto (Project Manager), Jennifer Marshall (Project Scientist), Doug Simons (CFHT/MSE Director)

Kei Szeto: “Highlights of MSE progress from the perspectives of Core Project Office Team, Partnership Building, Project Operations, Science, and Engineering”

Jennifer Marshall: “MSE Project Science updates”

Doug Simons: “The Road Ahead for Maunakea Science Reserve Land Authorization”

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 Telecon 2: Deconstructing the Milky Way with MSE

October 14, 2020 @ 11:00 p.m. (HST) 

MSE as the ultimate Gaia follow-up facility to understand the formation of the stars and stellar populations of our Galaxy, including the design of the unique MSE high resolution spectrographs.


Ricardo Schiavon: “The galaxy within the Galaxy – Evidence from APOGEE for the presence of a major building block of the Milky Way halo buried in the bulge”

Xiaoting Fu: “The Galactic lithium evolution via MSE”

Kai Zhang: “Progress on optical design for the MSE HR Spectrograph”

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 Telecon 3: Galaxy evolution and cosmology with MSE

October 22, 2020 

Highlighting the power of MSE for galaxy evolution and cosmology, including updates on key aspects of the low resolution spectrographs.
Please Note that the recording begins midway through the meeting. 
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Telecon 4: The data from MSE

October 29, 2020 @ 8:00 a.m. (HST) or 11:00 a.m. Vancouver

Covering the challenges of scientifically calibrating an SDSS-Legacy-Survey-worth the data every 7 weeks, the execution of the surveys, and the synergies with future facilities.

Kei Szeto, “MSE, Progress on the Program Execution Software Architecture (PESA)”

Sam Barden, “MSE’s approach to Science and Facility Calibration”

Stephanie Juneau, NOIRLab, “Spectroscopic Data & Services at NOIRLab: Recent Developments and Future Directions”

Alan McConnachie, “MSE – A year in review”   

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