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take the existing tools and re-implement them on the web; we intend to take a full step back and have a clear view of require- ments and usability before we even think about a line of code. Therefore, we will be starting a working group to develop the high-level user require- ments. The membership of this group will include Gemini staff, NGO representatives, and members of the user community. The working group will review all feedback we have had on the existing tools, discuss pos- sible fundamental changes in approach, and make recommendations for top-level needs and requirements, with examples written as user stories. Note that the fundamental change in the un- derlying infrastructure may also make pos- sible some other changes, such as enabling Principal Investigators to request physical observing conditions (seeing, etc.) “on tar- get” rather than by conditions percentiles. Institute of Technology and Durham Uni- versity in the UK. John earned his PhD from MIT in 1997, and has worked on a variety of research topics, including galaxy structure and evolution, supermassive black holes, the extragalactic distance scale, globular cluster populations, and data analysis pipelines. John is very familiar with Gemini, and for the past several years has worked in Canada’s National Gemini Office. In his capacity as Chief Scientist, John will be instrumental in setting and implementing Gemini’s scientif- ic goals and directions while working closely with our international user community from the Gemini South Base Facility in La Serena, Chile. Gemini’s Interim Director Laura Fer- rarese notes, “The remarkable breadth of John’s scientific interests makes him ideally suited to lead Gemini’s vision into the next decade. We are all looking forward to wel- coming him at Gemini and working together to further enhance the role our Observatory will play in the years to come.” What’s the timescale for all this? A little hard to say given the scale of the work, but we hope to switch off the old OCS by the end of 2019. Meanwhile, there will be incremental releases of the various tools and facilities as they develop. Announcing Gemini’s New Chief Scientist John Blakeslee As of the publication of this issue, John Blakeslee begins his duties as Gemini’s new Chief Scientist. John comes to Gemini from the National Research Council’s Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, in Victoria, British Columbia, where he has served as an As- tronomer and Senior Research Officer. Prior to that, he was a faculty member at Wash- ington State University and a Research Sci- entist at Johns Hopkins University. He also held postdoctoral positions at the California October 2017 GeminiFocus 22