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The Northern State University Student Center in Aberdeen, South Dakota, will host the Big Science at Sanford Lab discussion March 28. IMAGE: NSU

Sanford Lab to hold ‘Big Science’ discussion at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD

ABERDEEN, S.D. — Leaders from the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota, will host Big Science at Sanford Lab at 7 p.m. March 28 in the Northern State University Student Center in Aberdeen. The event will feature a presentation from Sanford Underground Research Facility’s Mike Headley, executive director of the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority; and Jaret Heise, science director. It is free and open to the public.

Sanford Underground Research Facility, also known as Sanford Lab, houses physics, biology, geology and engineering experiments nearly a mile underground in a former gold mine. “We’re on the verge of constructing one of the largest international mega-science projects to ever be developed on U.S. soil to study the mysteries of neutrinos,” Headley says in a statement. The project will be the largest and most sensitive dark matter detector in the world, according to Sanford Lab.

Sanford Lab, operated by the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, conducts the presentations around the state as an educational tool. “Sanford Lab leaders are giving talks (and) presentations at several East River (east of the Missouri River) locations to keep South Dakotans across the state informed about new developments with experiments and how the lab impacts K-12 education and the economy,” says Constance Walter, communications director for Sanford Lab. The lab also offers science, engineering, health and safety, and communications internships to college students from South Dakota, she adds.

Since 2016, Sanford Lab’s Education and Outreach Department has created six assembly programs and six curriculum modules that have reached more than 13,000 students throughout the state, according to Sanford Lab.

“The purpose of the event is to update South Dakotans and to get them excited about the world-leading research taking place in our state,” Walter says.