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Group Overseeing Sanford Lab Getting New Leader



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A new leader has been named for the group that oversees an underground laboratory in western South Dakota where scientists are conducting complex experiments.
    
Mike Headley on July 1 is replacing Ron Wheeler as executive director of the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority, which operates the Sanford Underground Research Facility near Lead (leed).
    
Wheeler is assuming the role of director of governmental and external affairs, working with state and federal agencies, universities and Congress.
    
Headley has been serving as laboratory director, a position he will maintain.
    
The lab in an old gold mine is nearly a mile underground. Scientists are conducting research on such subjects as nuclear reactions within stars and dark matter, an elusive substance that scientists believe makes up about a quarter of the universe.
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