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Media Advisory 07-031

Town Meeting: Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL)

Scientific study group to discuss next phases on Nov. 2, in Washington, D.C.

October 30, 2007

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The site-independent study group of the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) will present the scientific and education potential of DUSEL to federal officials, the press and other interested parties at a town hall meeting, Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, in Washington, D.C. The site-specific technical design of the envisioned Homestake (South Dakota) laboratory will also be presented. Prominent leadership of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal agencies will participate. The attendees, including more than 100 scientists, will also hear from a South Dakota delegation including Governor M. Michael Rounds.

An agenda is included, below.

A media availability will be held from noon to 12:45 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2. Refreshments will be served. The following people will be available for questions and interviews: Bernard Sadoulet, astrophysicist, chair of the site independent study; Hitoshi Murayama, theoretical physicist; Tullis Onstott, geo-microbiologist; Kevin Lesko, principle investigator of the University of California/Homestake Team; David Snyder, executive director of the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority; and Jonathan Kotcher, NSF program manager. They and other attendees will also be available after the meeting.

Who:The site-independent scientific study group of Deep Underground Science and Engineering. The meeting is sponsored by the University of California Institute for Particle/Nuclear Astrophysics and Cosmology (UC INPAC.
What:A town hall meeting to discuss the next phases of the DUSEL study
When:Nov. 2, 2007 1:00 -5:00 p.m. Media availability 12:00 noon-12:45 p.m.
Where:Washington, D.C. Auditorium, National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW.
How:Prior registration is not necessary.

The meeting will be followed by a scientific workshop (Nov. 3-4) at the Renaissance M street hotel, where more than 170 scientists will discuss the next stages of the project.


DUSEL TOWN MEETING, 1:00-5:00 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2007

Auditorium, National Academy of Sciences

2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC


12:00-12:45 Media availability (Press only)

1:00-1:05 Welcome: Bernard Sadoulet (UC Berkeley)

1:05-1:10 The ongoing study of a Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory: Jack Lightbody (Deputy Assistant Director, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, NSF)

1:10-1:20 The DUSEL process: Joseph Dehmer (Director, Division of Physics, NSF)

1:20-2:00 Scientific and education/outreach opportunities of Deep Science and Engineering: Hitoshi Murayama (UC Berkeley) and T.C. Onstott (Princeton University)

2:00-2:15 Questions

2:15-2:30 International context: Art MacDonald (Queens, Canada)

2:30-2:45 Recommendations of the site independent study (S1): Hamish Robertson (University of Washington)

2:45-3:15 Round table with various other agency officials

3:15-3:45 Coffee break

3:45-4:00 NSF: Site selection and MREFC process; Preparation of first suite of experiments ("solicitation 4"): Jonathan Kotcher (Program Officer, NSF)

4:00-4:25 Homestake: DUSEL engineering study, early operation: Kevin Lesko (LBNL/UC Berkeley)

4:25-4:45 Round table with the South Dakota delegation, including Governor Mike Rounds

4:45-5:00 General discussion


Media Contacts
Diane Banegas, National Science Foundation, (703) 292-4489, email:

Program Contacts
Rachel Winheld, U.C. Berkeley, (510) 642-0352, email:
Jonathan Kotcher, National Science Foundation, (703) 292-8235, email:
Bernard Sadoulet, U.C. Berkeley, (510) 642-5719, email:

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