Another researcher named to SDSTA

The South Dakota Science and Technology Authority that oversees the Sanford deep underground laboratory at the old Homestake mine in Lead has a new member.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed Robert Wilson, a faculty member at Colorado State University. He succeeds attorney Tom Adam of Pierre as a member of the authority’s board of directors.

Wilson earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1983 and joined the CSU faculty in 1992. His career in physics led him to major participation in the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment conducted between Fermi laboratory near Chicago and the Lead lab. He was named a co-leader for the project in 2012. His explanation of what he does was published in a Colorado newspaper in July.

The authority essentially serves as the landlord for the mine site at Lead. The authority’s executive director is Mike Headley.

The directors tend to be members of South Dakota’s business and legal community. Wilson is the latest university researcher to be chosen for the board. In 2009 Gov. Mike Rounds appointed Ani Aprahamian from the University of Notre Dame University, where she is a professor of experimental nuclear physics.

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About Bob Mercer

I am a newspaper reporter in Pierre where I cover state government, issues and politics for the Aberdeen American News, the Black Hills Pioneer, the Mitchell Daily Republic, the Pierre Capital Journal, the Rapid City Journal, the Watertown Public Opinion and the Yankton Press & Dakotan. I began covering the Legislature in 1985 and have lived in Pierre since December 1986. I grew up in Wisconsin, worked my way through college, took my first full-time newspapers jobs in Wyoming, and have lived in South Dakota since the summer of 1984 when I moved to Aberdeen to join the American News. I worked for the Rapid City Journal as its state government reporter in Pierre from late 1992 through late 1998. I spent four years as press secretary and a senior aide to Gov. Bill Janklow during his fourth and final term from late 1998 through 2002. I returned to journalism in January 2003 as a self-employed reporter, providing state government coverage to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre and, depending on the year, Aberdeen newspapers. In 2008, the Aberdeen American News offered to hire me as full-time member of the AAN staff, with my reports continuing to be available to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre, Yankton and Rapid City papers. The new arrangement has been in effect since January 2009 as the seven papers continue their remarkable dedication to their readers and the general public, as the only South Dakota news outlets with a full-time reporter covering state government in Pierre throughout the year. In addition to focusing on the Legislature during the annual winter session and its various activities during the interim periods between sessions, I spend many days throughout the year -- traveling as often necessary -- to cover state government boards and commissions which oversee the state universities, technical institutes, outdoors, water, environment, business, public schools, banking, agriculture, utilities, health care and various other areas of public interest. I purposely don't register to vote because of my profession; the last time I recall voting in a presidential election was the first time, 1976, when I had just turned 18. I think I voted for Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford. Make of that what you want, just don't make much of it.

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