- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed a new member to a state board that fosters scientific and technological investigations.

Daugaard has appointed Robert Wilson of Fort Collins, Colorado, to the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority. Wilson is a professor of physics at Colorado State University.

The governor’s office says Wilson focuses primarily on underground experiments and is currently a member of a long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment that produces an intense neutrino beam in a facility on the east coast of Japan.

Wilson is also working on a proposed experiment in which scientists will shoot a beam of neutrinos from Fermilab, in Batavia, Illinois, to the western South Dakota town of Lead.

South Dakota lawmakers created the Science and Technology Authority in 2004. Its eight members serve six-year terms.

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