Neutrino Day

Jeremy Red Eagle / Neutrino day

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In The Moment … July 8, 2020 Show 854 Hour 1

For more than 10 years, Jeremy Red Eagle has worked with Native American youth from both South and North Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana. He is a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and is the Director of the Dakota language institute. He is also one of the speakers at this year's virtual Neutrino Day and joins us today with more on the activities he's working on that teaches life lessons. 



In The Moment ... July 7, 2020 Show 853 Hour 2

Gina Gibson took her first trip underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility one year ago. We check in with Gibson, the SURF Artist in Residence, to see what she has created.

Gibson is a professor of graphic design at Black Hills State University.

Neutrino Day With Constance Walter

Jul 6, 2020

In The Moment … July 6, 2020 Show 852 Hour 1

This week the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead presents "Neutrino Day: A Matter of Mystery" only this year, it's virtual. You can expect speakers, live chats with scientists, hands-on activities, Native American games, Science Steve, contests and facility tours, and even a science comedian. Constance Walter, the facilities communications director, joins us with more.

Neutrino Day With Brian Malow

Jul 6, 2020

In The Moment … July 6, 2020 Show 852 Hour 1

Brian Malow is a science comedian who has performed for both general audiences and specialized groups. Those groups include Apple and Microsoft. His Neil Armstrong routine was even heard aboard an orbiting space shuttle. This Saturday at 2 pm, he's the featured speaker at Neutrino Day with an appearance called Just Add Gravity. He joins us with more.

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Mike Headley, SDSTA Executive Director and SURF lab director, gives an update on the experiments and construction in the lab. Also, Communications Director Constance Walter provides a Neutrino Day overview.

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SDPB's Cara Hetland is underground at the 4850 foot level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. This year marks 10 years of Neutrino Day. Connie Walter is the Communications Director for the facility.

SDPB's Cara Hetland is underground at the 4850 foot level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. This year marks 10 years of Neutrino Day. Mike Headley is SDSTA Executive Director and Laboratory Director.

SDPB's Cara Hetland is underground at the 4850 foot level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. This year marks 10 years of Neutrino Day. Ariel Waldman was an art school student who worked at an ad agency as a digital anthropologist and then got a job consulting for NASA. She is the global director of Space Hack Days. She demonstrates just how easy it is for everyday enthusiasts to contribute to scientific discovery.

SDPB's Cara Hetland is underground at the 4850 foot level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. This year marks 10 years of Neutrino Day. Christopher Mossey is the Deputy Director for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility. He talks about the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment and what it takes to collaborate with scientists from more than 30 countries to get this experiment up and running.


Innovation ... July 7,2017 Hour 2

Neutrino Day is held in Lead, South Dakota because solar neutrinos were discovered there. Bonnie Fleming, a Yale University physics professor and neutrino oscillation researcher, tells Cara how a man named Ray Davis first identified solar neutrinos. She shares why neutrinos will soon be shot from Fermilab in Illinois to the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota, and addresses the question: Are neutrinos the reason we exist?

Innovation... July 7, 2017 Hour 1  

Neutrino Day with SDPB's Cara Hetland begins at the 4850 Level in Davis Cavern. She kicks things off with Michael Landry, the event's keynote speaker and Observatory Head for LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) Hanford in Washington. In the first half of the conversation, he describes where gravitational waves come from and how the LIGO project was built to detect them.

Innovation: From The SURF

Jul 8, 2016
Constance Walter

SDPB's Cara Hetland hosts Innovation from the 4850 level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. 

Connie Walter, Communications Director, Sanford Underground Research Facility discusses the annual Neutrino Day festivities in Lead. She talks about the Science Festival, featured speakers and tours of the hoist room at the underground lab.  

Innovation: Emily Graslie At Neutrino Day

Jul 10, 2015

Emily Graslie, chief curiosity correspondent for the Field Museum in Chicago and creator of the YouTube channel "The Brain Scoop," talks about the relationships between science and art at this year's Neutrino Day. Graslie guides viewers through days in the life of scientists from expeditions in the Amazon to some gritty lab work on "The Brain Scoop" which has more than 275,000 viewers.  She joined SDPB's Cara Hetland Friday in the Sanford Underground Research Facility.

Innovation: Mike Headley

Jul 10, 2015

Mike Headley, Executive Director of the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority, visited about Neutrino Day.  Events are scheduled for Friday and Saturday (July 10-11) at the Sanford Lab and the Homestake Opera House.  Click here for more information.

Innovation: Dr. Ray Jayawardhana

Jul 10, 2015

Dr. Ray Jayawardhana is the keynote speaker at this year's Neutrino Day.  Jayawardhana is the Dean of Science and professor of physics and astronomy at York University in Toronto.  He joined Innovation host Cara Hetland at the 4850 foot level from the Sanford Underground Research Facility.

New Sanford Lab Visitor Center Opens In Lead

Jul 1, 2015
Chynna Lockett

The Sanford Lab opened a new visitor center in Lead South Dakota Tuesday. More than 750 people showed up for a building dedication ceremony featuring guest speakers and a ribbon cutting.

As the building dedication began, guests gathered on the observation deck of the new Sanford Visitor Center, directly overlooking the open-cut. The Center features exhibits that tell the history of the Homestake goldmine. Governor Dennis Daugaard was the featured speaker. He says the new Visitor Center doesn’t just showcase the past.

Susan Sanders, warning coordinator with the National Weather Service, spoke on the science of weather and weather safety during the Neutrino Day Science Cafe in . The presentation was recorded live from the Bumping Buffalo in Lead.


Neutrino Day keynote speakers Joel Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams believe we are at the center of the visible universe...and so is everything else. Primack is a professor of physics and astrophysics at the University of California Santa Cruz, and Abrams is a writer with a B.A. in history and the philosophy of science from the University of Chicago.


On the eve of the 7th annual Neutrino Day, Sanford Underground Research Facility lab director Mike Headley discussed the future of the lab, which includes the next generation of dark matter research. Communications director Connie Walter also shared what visitor's can expect from Neutrino Day. Among many other attractions, the free event features the Journey Museum planetarium, tours of the underground lab and a space school musical.

Neutrino Day 2013

Jul 12, 2013

Bill Harlan, director of communications at the Sanford Underground Research Facility, and Mike Headley, executive director of the Sanford Lab, talked about Neutrino Day happening Saturday, July 13.  This year marks the Lab's sixth annual free science festival.  Events are scheduled to take place all over the city of Lead.

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Photographer Documents Mine-To-Lab Transition

Jul 11, 2013

This weekend the Northern Hills town of Lead is observing its annual Neutrino Day.  Neutrino Day is a celebration of science – and marks the transition of Lead from a small town of gold-miners to a community that is host to some of the world’s top scientists.

Back when the deep underground tunnels of Homestake were used for mining gold the work space was dark and dingy. Not these days – today many of those tunnels are sparkling clean and house expensive high-tech scientific research equipment.