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Policies and Practices Established in Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

This is an updated version of rules and resources for Steward Observatory and the UArizona during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is dated 17 August 2020. It was [almost-completely] curated by Stuart Weinberger.

Many groups at the University have worked very hard to find ways to meet the University’s mission while minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The impact of the pandemic on how we are operating continues to evolve with time. The best place to obtain the most recent University-wide information for guidance on support of and restrictions on your work, educational, or outreach activities is https://covid19.arizona.edu.  
 
Information specific to Steward Observatory and the Department of Astronomy is below.
We also include reference to useful University-wide links, grouped by topic.
 
Personnel traffic flow plan for Building 65, the Steward Observatory Main Building (...

NSF Funds AO Test Bed for Giant Magellan

The Giant Magellan Telescope Corporation has received $17.5million in National Science Foundation funds to test and prototype technology for GMT.  Scientists at Steward and at Optical Sciences will use some of the funds to build an Adaptive Optics (AO) test bed system, allowing the  telescope's AO system to be built and tested before the telescope comes on line. Work will be done at Steward's Center for Astronomical Adaptive Optics (CAAO) and at Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Drs. Laird Close and Jared Males of Steward's CAAO are quoted in the UA...

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