Data Reduction Forum Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners from early contributions to the User Data Reduction Forum! The Users’ Committee for Gemini (UCG) evaluated the submissions and recommend that David Rupke be recognized for his large effort, and Andrew Stephens for his smaller submission.

The contributions are IDL-based routines to work with data from integral field spectrographs, including NIFS and GMOS (IFSRED and IFSFIT, from David) and dynamic sky generation for NIRI (SKYNAMIC, from Andrew).

Both winners now have an opportunity to obtain new observations using Director’s Discretionary Time. Many of the other submissions were also excellent, and we encourage your continued involvement (trading ideas, scripts, and best practices, allowing you to particiapte in open discussions of data reduction processes and strategies) in our user forum.

There will be another contest announced soon and thanks again to all the participants in this first round!

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