Fermilab deepens relationship with SURF

Along with Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota is the site of the future Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment and its Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility. Pictured here is Ross Shaft. Photo: Sanford Underground Research Facility
Along with Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota is the site of the future Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment and its Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility. Pictured here is Ross Shaft. Photo: Sanford Underground Research Facility
Along with Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota is the site of the future Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment and its Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility. Pictured here is Ross Shaft. Photo: Sanford Underground Research Facility

Exerpted from Fermilab’s article of 7 November 2016 Fermilab “deepens” its relationship with Sanford Underground Research Facility.

Because of the “deep” involvement of both Fermilab and Sanford Lab with the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), Fermilab has assumed a new role in the general services that support Department of Energy (DOE) science at the South Dakota facility.

Starting Oct. 1, Fermilab became the point of contact for the DOE Office of Science at Sanford Lab. In this role, Fermilab is the liaison between DOE and the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority, or SDSTA. This represents the first time Fermilab has acted in this role for a facility outside Illinois.

“We are excited about this transition as it brings our two organizations into closer partnership and strengthens the platform for some amazing DOE science,” said Tim Meyer, Fermilab chief operating officer.

The change demonstrates recognition by the DOE of the major role Fermilab will play in future Sanford Lab operations. Previously, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory acted as the point of contact for DOE at Sanford Lab. Berkeley Lab continues its leading role in dark matter experiments at the South Dakota lab.

“The SDSTA is proud to partner with Fermilab for the continued operations of the Sanford Lab,” said Mike Headley, executive director of SDSTA. “We’ve had a wonderful, productive relationship with Berkeley Lab, which was instrumental in creating the Sanford Lab — the deepest underground science facility in the United States.”