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is moving back to Lowell Observatory, but we hope to host it again at Gemini as we eagerly await its new facility-class KASI twin to be commissioned in ~2023. In other instrument news, SCORPIO (the Spectrograph and Camera for Observations of Rapid Phenomena in the Infrared and Optical, formerly known as OCTOCAM) has completed its Preliminary Design Review and remains on budget and on schedule for commissioning in 2022. The first peer re- view (the Optics Peer Review) of the Critical Design Stage, will be held in Madrid, Spain, on July 31st. Meanwhile, bonding and mounting of the GHOST optics is well underway at the Na- tional Research Council of Canada, and both blue 4k × 4k and red 6k × 6k science detectors are assembled into their cryo- stats, ready to be tested. Last but not least, with the support of the Science and Technology Advisory Com- mittee and Gemini Board of Directors, the Observatory is gearing up to bring multi- conjugate adaptive optics capabilities to Maunakea, exploiting what is arguably the best site on the planet for adaptive optics (AO) science. On a less positive note, I very much regret the delay in the commissioning of the TOP- TICA laser at Gemini North, and the inability to offer AO laser operations in 2018B. The causes of the delay have been identified and corrected, and the Observatory is do- ing everything possible to allow laser oper- ations to be resumed in 2019A. Meanwhile, the new TOPTICA laser commissioned at Gemini South last fall continues to work flawlessly. 2 GeminiFocus I will close this GeminiFocus address with one last piece of exciting news: namely the expectation that the next GeminiFocus ad- dress will be written by the new Gemini Di- rector! Once the new Director takes office, I will return to my position at the National Research Council in Canada and looking forward to the vision and opportunities a new leadership will bring to Gemini and, most of all, with a newfound appreciation of the hard work, tremendous skills, drive, and dedication that makes it possible to operate the telescopes each ni