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cluded how to engage more with students in Hilo, and how to help staff new to the is- lands find everything they need to settle in and enjoy the beautiful and unique commu- nity on the Big Island. ITAC Outcomes for 2018B After weeks of iterations between the Na- tional Time Allocation Committee (NTAC) Chairs and Gemini International Time Al- location Committee (ITAC) staff — Rodrigo Carrasco (Chair), Marie Lemoine-Busserolle (incoming Chair), Lindsay Magill (Technical Secretary) and Jen Miller (incoming Techni- cal Secretary) — the ITAC met on June 4th to generate a workable semester queue. It seems there is always something which complicates to the process of taking the results from all the participant’s TACs and assembling a semester queue that is plau- sibly executable (weather permitting). This time the complication was provided by the Gemini North laser (which is not yet ready and could not be scheduled) and by a lack of Band-3 programs; the latter problem proved surmountable, and the iterations in the meeting were reasonably quick. The National TACs forwarded a total of sev- en programs aimed at following up LIGO/ VIRGO gravity wave events. At present, it appears that LIGO will be back in operation in January 2019, which could make that an interesting month if the expected sensitivity improvement is realized. All of the follow-up programs were considered and top-ranked by their respective national TACS. If a gravity wave event indeed happens in January, we will doubtless need to break out the “Com- petitive ToO” policy announced last year and work with PIs to attempt to maximize science outcomes. In the event that agree- ments cannot be reached we will fall back to the set of clearly-defined criteria on the policy. It was a good round for visiting instruments. More than a hundred hours of GRACES pro- grams were approved; the speckle camera DSSI and its new variant `Alopeke have been scheduled for ~115 and ~80 hours in South and North, respectively; and POLISH-2 will be returning to Gemini North for for an ap- proximately six night run. With respect to the division of time between instruments, the two sites look quite differ- ent: the South is dominated by GMOS-S, with FLAMINGOS-2 a distant second (Figure 10). In the North, GMOS-N and GNIRS take approximately the same amount of time; the other facility and visiting instruments will take the remaining time in more or less equal shares. Figure 10. The breakdown of time requests for Gemini North (left) and South (right). GMOS-S continues to dominate in the South, while the North sees significant allocations to visiting ins truments and GRACES. July 2018 GeminiFocus 24