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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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SCGSR Award opens door to new research

September 1, 2016

In an article he wrote for the University of South Carolina physics newsletter, Clint Wiseman said, “For the last three years I’ve been living under a rock with neutrinos on my mind.” The University of South Carolina (USC) graduate student was referring to his work on the Majorana Demonstrator Project, which is located on the 4850 Level of Sanford Lab. But all of that is about to change. 

Yates Tunnel bridges gap

September 1, 2016

Moving equipment directly to the Yates Shaft just got a whole lot easier. For several years, equipment from the 4850 or other levels that needed repair was brought to the headframe then loaded onto forklifts and driven down to the shop yards. But over the past couple of years, Sanford Lab has been working to rehabilitate 192 feet of the Yates Tunnel, which stretches more than 200 feet. The project was completed Sept. 7, 2016.

Program gives students unique experience

September 3, 2016

Talk about a great summer gig. For 10 weeks, Dana Harvey learned all about modern research methods and tools through a National Science Foundation (NSF) program: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). 

“I got to see what it is like to really work in a lab,” said Harvey, a physics major at Davidson College in North Carolina. “It was a great experience. I learned a lot and got to do some cool research.” Harvey was one of six students who participated in this year’s program. The students each worked with a mentor throughout the program.

kISMET taps into vast heat resources

August 2, 2016

On the 4850 Level of Sanford Lab, scientists with kISMET (permeability (k) and Induced Seismicity Management for Energy Technologies) drilled and cored five 50-meter deep boreholes. Led by Curtis Oldenburg and Patrick Dobson of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, the team is trying to better understand the relationship between the rock fabric and fracturing as a way to tap into and use the earth’s heat as an energy resource.

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