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The stories below were created by the Sanford Lab Communications Department, the Berkeley Lab Operations Office or other institutions. The In the News link provides links to news media stories, arranged in descending chronological order. The press releases link includes both copy and photos from recent press releases.

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ERT stages multi-agency drill

May 2, 2016

Emergencies happen all the time—at home, at play and at work. And when they do, you need to be prepared. That’s why the Sanford Underground Research Facility and its Emergency Response Team regularly carry out evacuation drills. Last week, the team went a step farther by staging and participating in a multi-agency emergency drill. 

“You train to be prepared for any emergency and we’re prepared because we train,” said John Emick, ERT lead. 

Internships: opportunities for students and Sanford Lab

April 1, 2016

Sky Dragoo grew up in Lead, S.D. He doesn’t remember much about the mining operations, but he watched as the Sanford Underground Research Facility became a reality and knew he wanted to someday be a part of it. And this year, he is. 

A sophomore in mining engineering and management at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT), Dragoo received a 2016 Chris Bauer Engineering Internship. As an intern, Dragoo will work with Bryce Pietzyk, acting underground access director, and David Vardiman, geotechnical project engineer, on different mining projects. 

Davis-Bahcall Scholars chosen

April 3, 2016

This year, eight students from across the state were accepted into the prestigious Davis-Bahcall Scholars Program at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab). The Scholars Program gives students unique opportunities to work with scientists and on research experiments at Sanford Lab, Fermi and Argonne National laboratories in Illinois, and Gran Sasso and Frascati National laboratories in Italy. 

Preserving a piece of history

March 1, 2016

For just over 125 years, Homestake Mine operated the deepest, richest gold mine in North America. From 1876 to 2001, more than 40 million ounces of gold and 9 million ounces of silver were removed from a vast expanse of underground tunnels that stretched from the surface to the 8,000-foot level. As operations expanded and the company introduced new technologies, it built new buildings, removed old buildings and retired outdated equipment.