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Release Date Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SD Mines Physics Students Explore Boundary Between Science-Fiction and Science Fact at Denver Comic Con

SD Mines Society of Physics Student member James Haiston Jr. enjoying some of the fun at the 2016 Denver Comic Con.  SD Mines students return  to the conference this year to lead a panel discussion titled, “Shedding Light on Dark Matter & Dark Energy.”

The Society of Physics Students at SD Mines will present a one-hour panel discussion titled “Shedding Light on Dark Matter & Dark Energy” at the Denver Comic Con at 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 30, 2017, in the DCCP3-Central City Room of the Colorado Convention Center.  

The panel delves into concepts like dark matter and dark energy in popular culture and lays out the differences between science-fiction and science fact.

“Science fiction is a fantastic form of entertainment when done right. Unfortunately, some writers are looking for a quick fix or loop hole for their stories. In many cases the science is used incorrectly (sometime hilariously) which can distract from the elements of the story or mislead the reader about how science really works. Our talk will address these issues along with some examples,” says Michael Dowding an instructor of physics at SD Mines and advisor to the school’s Society of Physics Students chapter. 

The SD Mines Physics Department is involved in world-leading research projects underway at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, SD.  The facility is the deepest underground laboratory in North America and is home to major experiments such as the LZ, DUNE, MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR and CASPAR. Mines physicists and researchers are part of the effort on each of these experiments that probe the existence of dark matter, seek to unlock the mysteries of neutrinos and recreate the processes inside stars.

The Denver Comic Con is being held from June 30 - July 2.  The event is expected to attract well over 100,000 people.  





About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.


Contact: Charles Michael Ray , 605-394-6082, charles.ray@sdsmt.edu