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Photos courtesy: University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences

Steward-Cast Mirror to be Polished at Optical Sciences

The Optical Sciences mirror fabrication facility now has the capability to polish 6.5 meter mirrors. You can read about the process needed to get such mirrors into the OpSci basement HERE, with photos HERE and in the figure above. Coupled with the existing capabilities at the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab, this allows the University of Arizona to get mirrors to telescopes faster than ever.

Credit: American Astronomical Society

Steward Alum Kevin Marvel to be Honored at Homecoming

Kevin Marvel, the current Executive Officer of the American Astronomical Society, is being honored in October at the UA Homecoming. He is the College of Science Alumnus of the Year. Kevin graduated from UA in 1990 with degrees in Astronomy and Physics and a Minor in Mathematics. He received a Doctorate in Astronomy at New Mexico State in 1996, was then a postdoctoral fellow at Owens Valley Radio Observatory, and began his work with the AAS in 2002. Kevin recently spent a sabbatical here at UA. His biographical sketch can be found HERE. Steward is honored to have one of its alumni in Washington, DC, working on public policy affecting astronomy and science in general.

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