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1 Director’s Message Jennifer Lotz 3 GeMS Delivers the Sharpest View of the Visible Light from Distant Galaxies Mark Lacy, Kristina Nyland, and Susan Ridgway 7 Science Highlights John Blakeslee 12 On the Horizon Gemini staff contributions 17 News for Users Gemini staff contributions 22 Science and Evolution of Gemini Observatory 2018 Conference a Success! Joanna Thomas-Osip ON THE COVER: GeminiFocus October 2018 Image of R136, a young stellar grouping in 30 Doradus (a massive star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud) obtained during commissioning of the GeMS adaptive optics system at Gemini South. See page 3 for a recent result from GeMS on distant galaxies and page 12 for an announcement on new funding which will bring an updated version of this multi-conjugate adaptive optics capability to Gemini North. GeminiFocus is a quarterly publication of the Gemini Observatory ii 670 N. A‘ohoku Place Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720, USA Phone: (808) 974-2500 / Fax: (808) 974-2589 Online viewing address: Editor: Peter Michaud Associate Editor: Stephen James O’Meara Designer: Eve Furchgott/ Blue Heron Multimedia Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or the Gemini Partnership. GeminiFocus October 2018