Calendar of Events

Tuesday, May 14 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019   - Thursday, May 16, 2019  

Summary: The innovative 4.5-m Multiple Mirror Telescope was dedicated on May 9, 1979.  Later that year, on July 1, 1979, an MOU was signed by the Smithsonian Institution and the Arizona Board of Regents formally establishing the MMT Observatory.  The original telescope saw "last light" on March 2, 1998, and the Observatory entered a new era of scientific discovery with the dedication of the 6.5-m telescope on May 20, 2000.   The new telescope will soon surpass the operating lifetime of the original telescope.  The Symposium will recognize 40 years of successful operation and celebrate the MMT's past, present, and future.  Presentations will include a mix of historical "recollections", recent science results, and future instrumentation.   The talks will be aimed at an educated public to allow for a broad audience.  Following the first day of talks, there will be a welcome reception on the evening of Tuesday, May 14th.  A banquet and celebration will be held on the evening of Wednesday, May 15th; staff and friends of the MMT who are not able to attend the symposium talks are encouraged to register for the banquet and social event.  Special tours of Mount Hopkins will likely be scheduled for Monday, May 13 and Friday, May 17.  There may also be some free time allocated on Wednesday afternoon for relaxing or sightseeing.

Invited Talks: A list of invited speakers will be posted on the symposium website.

Contributed Talks and Posters: The deadline for title submission for contributed talks and posters will be on March 15, 2019.

Scientific Organizing Committee:

Grant Williams
Joannah Hinz
Ben Weiner
Nelson Caldwell
Serena Kim

Local Organizing Committee:

Susan Wahl
Barbara Russ
Grant Williams
Joannah Hinz
Ben Weiner
Tim Pickering
Duane Gibson
Dallan Porter


Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 2:00pm