JUN 1 ** 2001
Janklow creates special office for underground lab project
Governor Janklow spoke to members of the South Dakota Newspaper Association Saturday morning, June 9th at the Holiday Inn in Spearfish during the SDNA convention.
Saturday morning, Janklow announced the establishment of a special national underground science laboratory office within the Governor's Office. It will serve as a coordinating point in developing the underground research project planned for the Homestakemine.
"We're doing this to help make sure we have the strongest possible working relationship between the State of SDandthe scientific community,"
Janklow said. "We want good day-today interactions between the national scientific community and the institutions and scientists of SD. And we want to reap the greatest possible benefits for science, math and overall academics throughout the educational systems of SD."
Janklow said he's creating the office because of the importance of the underground neutrino research lab to the state and to the world. "I want to make sure that our office is available to help in any way possible and to be of assistance to the scientists as the development of the lab begins," he said.
U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle said the office will serve an important need. "The governor's commitment to the Homestake underground laboratory project has been tremendous, and opening a sate office for the laboratory is a very positive development," Sen. Daschle said. "Gov. Janklow deserves praise for the continued leadership he has shown in this endeavor. I look forward to working together with him as we clear the final hurdles to bring this world-class project to SD."
Janklow thanked Sen. Daschle for his continued support of the project. "Senator Daschle deserves a lot of credit for how far we've been able to come in a very short time. He truly
understands how important this is for SD and the nation,: Janklow said, "If it hadn't been for Tom's leadership and foresight, we may never have even been on the map as these group of scientists looked for an underground site. His continued leadership will be invaluable as this project moves for-
Scientists and South Dakota miners have worked together at Homestake for nearly four decades. The mine was the site of the first experiment to measure the neutrinos produced by the sun. With the announcement in September 2000 that Homestake mining operations would soon cease, these scientist joined with colleagues from the SD School of Mines and Technology to propose the creation of the world's premier underground laboratory. This proposal was recently endorsed by a national panel of Underground Science and by NSAC, the committee that advised the federal government on nuclear science policy.
Dr. John Bahcall, who headed the Underground Science Committee that endorsed the Homestake site and leads the Astropysics Program at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, joined the Governor in his pledge to strengthen the science programs at the School of Mines and at South Dakota's other research universities, SDSU and the USD.
"The creation of a national laboratory in SD will open up vast new opportunities for the faculty and students of the state's colleges and universities,"Bahcall stated. "The lab will draw researchers from academic and from industry in fields ranging
from physics and biology to earth and materials science. It will bring cutting-edge technologies to the state. We scientists are anxious to form partnerships with SD institutions to strengthen science and education as a whole in the state.
The proposal to establish the laboratory was submitted by the group of interested scientists to the National Science Foundation (NSF) this week. Governor Janklow and Senator Daschle expressed their strong support forme proposal. Janklow stated Tom that Daschle, Tim Johnson and John Thune all supported this
In other comments from the Governor, Janklow talked about schools and state aid. He said in 1979 the state aid education package totaled 32 million and now in 2001, the state aid to education totaled 320 million.
He also stated there has been a decline in students over the past 25 years. There used to be 175,000 students K-12 in SD and now the number is 130,000. To prove his point in the declining numbers of students, he quoted afew schools such as his home town of Flandreau. This year 80 seniors graduated with 38 students as the projected number of 1st graders this fall. Other schools mentioned included Gettysburg, 32 seniors, 18-1st graders; Bristol 18 seniors, 4-lst graders; Oelrichs 12 seniors, 3-lst graders; Herreid 15 seniors, 4-Ist graders; Colome 17 seniors, 5-lst graders. He stated one school had 40 seniors with 200 1st graders.
Money per students was briefly discussed with several questions coming from the audience.
He stated that several schools had transferred money from their general funds such as 874 monies into capitol outlay to build buildings instead of using the money for what it was intended. Janklow suggested that the media report the total money picture when they write for their papers.
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