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The University of Toledo will play host to representatives from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz., and other partners in the Discovery Channel Telescope project during a special meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19.

The Lowell Partners’ advisory board meeting will bring together the entities involved in the Discovery Channel Telescope project and related facilities. In addition to UT, academic partners are Boston University, the University of Maryland and Northern Arizona University.

“We are delighted to host this prestigious group,” said Dr. Karen Bjorkman, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and one of two UT delegates to the board. “We have had several opportunities already to make use of the excellent technology at the Discovery Channel Telescope, and we’re looking forward to talking with our peers and colleagues about future strategies for maximizing the scientific and educational potential of this wonderful resource.”

UT became a part of the consortium operating the Discovery Channel Telescope in June 2012. The 4.3-meter telescope is often referred to as the “Swiss Army knife” of research telescopes, with advanced capabilities, including rapid switching between the sensitive cameras that collect astronomical data.

“Our astronomy program, though small, is strong and internationally recognized, and our partnership with the Discovery Channel Telescope has already provided us with significant new opportunities to expand and advance our research,” said Dr. J.D. Smith, associate professor of astronomy and UT delegate to the board. “By hosting this group, we have a chance to showcase not only our department, but also the University and the community.”

The day-and-a-half-long visit will begin with a special welcome from President Lloyd Jacobs.

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