Sanford Underground Lab Named Historic Physics Site

Sep 18, 2020
sanford lab
Amy Varland

A nonprofit physics organizations called the American Physical Society is designating the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead as a historic physics site. 

The former gold mine at the site was converted into a research lab when chemist Ray Davis built a solar neutrino project deep in the mine. 

Mike Headley is the Lab Director for the Sanford Lab. He says Davis’ legacy lives on as the lab receives this designation. 

The Society of Physics Students

Physics students at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology are receiving national recognition. The school’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students won an Outstanding Chapter Award from the national office.



The Society of Physics Students, or SPS, is a way for School of Mines students across all majors to apply their knowledge of physics to real-world projects. 


Kealey Bultena

In The Moment ... May 15, 2017 Show 093 Hour 1

If you relaxed with a cold drink this week after a long day of work outside, you might have reached for a locally brewed craft beer. The industry is growing in South Dakota, with more consumers seeking out local offerings. For American Craft Beer Week, we're joined by some of the region's top brewers ... Ermin Husidic from Miner Brewing Company in Hill City and Ricardo Tarabelsi from Fernson Brewing Company in Sioux Falls.

In The Moment... February 7, 2017 Show 025 Hour 1

Black Hills State University

Dr. Parthasarathi Nag, professor of mathematics at Black Hills State University, discusses the "History of the Theory of Everything." From Einstein's special theory of relativity to comparisons between the universe and a violin, Nag talks about mathematics, physics, and the future of science education that capitalizes on collaboration and imagination. Nag was a recent "Geek Speak" lecturer at BHSU in Spearfish.

CETUP 2016 – this is the Center for Theoretical Underground Physics and Related Areas – who come together in the Black Hills for more than a month to collaborate. Russell Franques, CEO, Dakota Sciences; Barbara Szczerbinska, Associate Professor, Dakota State University; and Nancy Wehrkamp, Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute join the program to discuss this year's session. It begins June 6 and runs through July 15.

Dr. Luke Corwin is a physics professor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He joins us to discuss the big news in physics this month – the discovery of Albert Einstein’s gravitational waves. The discovery comes more than 100 years after the theory and is considered the biggest breakthrough in physics and could be key in understanding the universe.

Charles Michael Ray

Researchers on a major experiment deep in the Homestake Mine released the results of the latest run of the LUX dark matter detector on Monday December 14th.

So far, LUX has not found direct evidence of dark matter.   Researchers are hoping for tiny flashes of light inside the chamber of liquid xenon that would indicate an interaction with theoretical dark matter particles.   

But researchers say the results from this latest run of LUX are still scientifically significant. 

Dakota Midday: Sigma Xi Winner

Nov 24, 2015
Sigma Xi

Simeon Gilbert, a senior physics major from Lennox, won first place in the Sigma Xi national research competition.  The student research conference was held in Kansas City.  Gilbert won in the physics, astronomy and engineering category for his research work and a superior rating on his poster.  Parashu Kharel, Assistant Professor of Physics at South Dakota State University, discussed Gilbert's work with guest host Lori Walsh.

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.

Science Happy Hour

Jun 12, 2015

Science Happy Hour is taking place Friday night in Sioux Falls.  More than 20 exhibits have local scientists explaining topics in a fun and accessible way for adults to learn while enjoying a beverage.  Physicist Barbara Szczerbinska of Dakota State University and Nancy Wehrkamp, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, detailed the event on Innovation with Cara Hetland.  They also discussed the 4th annual "It's All About Science Festival," a family friendly event that explores science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  And they outlined the Center for Theoretical Undergro

CETUP And PPC Events

Jun 7, 2013

Scientists from around the world will come to Lead and Deadwood later this summer for the CETUP and PPC science events.  They'll use the opportunity to discuss their fields of study.  Russell Franques and Barbara Szczerbinska detailed the functions on Friday's Innovation.