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Public lectures offered as scientists gather for deep-lab planning

 A series of public lectures are planned as 200 scientists from around the world gather in Lead this month to plan experiments for the world’s deepest underground laboratory. The public presentations by scientists attending the workshop will be held in Lead, at Black Hills State University and at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

During the six-day workshop, the DUSEL Initial Suite of Experiments Workshop, April 21-26 scientists will collaborate on planning the first DUSEL experiments. Geoscientists, geomicrobiologists and engineers will meet Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday scientists will plan education and outreach programs. Physics planning workshops will be Thursday through Saturday.

Researchers also will learn more about the former Homestake Gold Mine, which the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority re-entered last year.

Leading scientists will present three public lectures during April’s underground science workshop in Lead. The public lectures will explore topics including extreme life, deep exploration and why stars shine. The talks are free and intended for general audiences and students.

Geoscientist T.C. Onstott, a professor at Princeton who was named to Time magazine’s “100 people who shape our world”, will present “Finding Life Where You Don’t Expect It.” His presentation is scheduled in the Lead High School auditorium Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

Physicist Bob Svoboda, who will install an experiment in the Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake, will present “Understanding the Universe from the Bottom of a Mine” in the Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union at Black Hills State University campus Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. Svoboda teaches at the University of California at Davis.

Physicist Hitoshi Murayama, a neutrino researcher and popular lecturer from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will present “Going Underground to Understand the Universe”  Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Classroom Building at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City.

The Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake is sponsoring the lecture series, along with Black Hills State University, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Lead High School, the Homestake DUSEL Collaboration and the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center.

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