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Sanford Scientists Head To Huron

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Scientists from the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead are heading to Huron on Tuesday. SDPB’s Amy Varland has more on how scientists are reaching out to South Dakotans.

The Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead is taking its show on the road.  Scientists from the Sanford Lab are traveling to the Huron Events Center on Tuesday. 

They will outline current experiments related to deep science.
Bill Harlan, Sanford Lab Communications Director, says outreach programs like this are key to keeping citizens across the state informed.

“Without South Dakota this world-leading research could not take place.  So we feel that it’s our duty to kind of report to the people of South Dakota what kinds of things are being accomplished with their very significant investment in this facility,” says Harlan.

Harlan also says that introducing science to students is important.

“Also we’re going to meet with teachers from the Huron area about opportunities that are available to students from throughout South Dakota to interact with scientists and engineers and technicians at the Sanford Lab.  And one of our most important missions is to excite an interest in South Dakota students in Science technology and engineering,” says Harlan.

Harlan says the speakers give an idea of what it’s like to work in a lab nearly a mile underground.  He says one of the current experiments involves nature’s rarest radioactive decays and how it helps scientists understand the origins of matter. The Sanford Underground Research Facility conducts similar presentations across South Dakota.