Cara Hetland

SDPB Radio News Director

Cara Hetland is the News Director for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. She has more than 20 years in public radio as a reporter and producer.  Cara is also host of the Friday midday program Innovation.  She loves a good story and can’t wait to tell South Dakotan’s about it.  Cara also teaches media writing at the University of Sioux Falls in the spring semester and loves working with interns to develop their own style of storytelling.   Cara lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Daren and three daughters.  She is their number one fan whether it’s marching band, athletics or academics.

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Dr. Gareth Davies, Scientific Director with the Avera Institute for Human Genetics, is a Human Molecular Geneticist with expertise in complex diseases and gene expression. He discusses the recent findings in why women are more likely to give birth to twins and the association with two genes and twinning.

Dr. Luke Corwin and Dr. Juergen Reichenbacher – both are School of Mines physicists who are leaders on the DUNE project.  DUNE stands for Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. Next week more than 150 scientists from around the world will meet in the Black Hills to collaborate on the project. The DUNE international megascience neutrino experiment is between the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago. DUNE is considered the world’s flagship neutrino project, driven by scientists from 27 countries.

SDSU professor Mark Cochrane, a wildfire expert and senior scientist at the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence joins Innovation to discuss living with fire. He’s working on a study of 630 large wildfires that occurred in the last decade in US National Forests to determine which forest treatments – thinning, controlled burns, etc—are most effective in particular US forests. Cochrane is part of a team of scientists from Idaho, California, Utah, Montana, Nevada, Colorado, Canada and Australia who examined the challenges that must be overcome to create fire-resilient communities.

Dr. Ranjit Koodali, USD Chemistry Professor discusses the latest in chemistry research around the country. Dr. K is the Public Relations Chair of the Sioux Valley Section of the American Chemical Society. He provides regular collection of science articles and joins Innovation once a month to talk about what’s happening around the country. The focues is on Graphene - a type of carbon.

Groundwater underpins much of the breadbasket in the middle of the United States. 

The Oglala Aquifer begins in South Central South Dakota and extends underground all the way into the state of Texas.    The aquifer is a key source for irrigation… it was tapped only after the dust bowl ravaged this part of the country – but today, parts of the Oglala are under risk of going dry,  other parts could become contaminated.

Dr. Heather Wilson, President of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology joins us to discuss the school’s math initiative that was passed by the South Dakota Legislature. Lawmakers appropriated $250,000 for the continuation of the 2015 math pilot project at Mines. 

Google’s Jamie Hill is coming to Rapid City to talk with middle-schoolers on how to navigate the online world safely. Jamie Hill joins Innovation prior to the presentation to discuss the national “online safety road show”. They’re stopping at Southwest Middle School.

Dr. Julie Mathiesen, Director of TIE - Technology & Innovation in Education. TIE is based in Rapid City but provides services across the state and region. In order to help schools and educators stay current with technology there is an annual conference starting Sunday in Sioux Falls. This year is the 30th anniversary of the organization and is expanding to include a full spectrum of Learning Services. 

Rich Naser is the President of Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship. The announcement was made earlier this week and Rich Naser talks about how working with Entrepreneurs has changed along with the space formerly known as the South Dakota Technology Business Center. The new Zeal brand was designed to merge the foundation of an organization backed by the business leaders of Sioux Falls with entrepreneurs.  

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Dr. Ranjit Koodali, USD Chemistry Professor joins us to discuss the latest in research around the country. Dr. K is the Public Relations Chair of the Sioux Valley Section of the American Chemical Society. He provides regular collection of science articles and is going to join Innovation once a month to talk about what’s happening around the country. 

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Researchers from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology have successfully converted tomato waste into electricity, paving the way for an efficient low-cost new alternative energy source.

Dr. Scott Kenner, head of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at SD School of Mines and Technology and his Grad student Brian Freed join Innovation to discuss their research looking at the hydrologic response of watersheds to pine beetle infestation.

Shelly Gardner is an assistant professor of business administration and the trained facilitator of the Icehouse Entrepreneurship Program. Gardner will facilitate the “Entrepreneurial Mindset Academy”. The eight week program begins April 7 from 8:30 – 12:30 each Thursday at Augustana University. This is a partnership with the Technology Business Center.

Rich Naser is the executive director of the South Dakota Technology Business Center, a business incubator launched by Forward Sioux Falls in 2004. This is a resource for innovators and entrepreneurs launching, growing or expanding successful technology-based businesses in Sioux Falls.

Naser also directs the Forward Sioux Falls Research, Technology and Entrepreneurship initiatives which focuses on developing the human capital, early-stage funding and research infrastructure necessary to support high growth businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators.

Nate Welch is the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company executive director. He discusses this week’s announcement that Vermillion’s technology center is now at full capacity. The Revolving Economic Development and Initiative (REDI) Fund Loan is credited with bringing two new businesses to Vermillion. Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation is based in Boca Raton, Florida, and Navigant Cymetrix Corporation based in Irvine, California, are moving into the 32,000-square-foot-technology center.

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Dr. Luke Corwin is a physics professor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He joins us to discuss the big news in physics this month – the discovery of Albert Einstein’s gravitational waves. The discovery comes more than 100 years after the theory and is considered the biggest breakthrough in physics and could be key in understanding the universe.

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Dr. W. Chad Spanos is the clinical trial’s principal investigator at Sanford Health. He practices at the Sanford Ear Nose and Throat Clinic in Sioux Falls and runs a cancer biology lab. His research focuses on head and neck cancers caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). We’ll discuss the clinical trial that is investigating a PD-1 inhibitor that stimulates the patient’s immune system to fight cancer. The drug is currently used in combination with other therapies to treat melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer.

Dr. Ranjit Koodali is a Chemistry Professor at the University of South Dakota. He joins us to discuss the latest in research around the country. Dr. K is the Public Relations Chair of the Sioux Valley Section of the American Chemical Society. He provides regular collection of science articles and is going to join Innovation once a month to talk about what’s happening around the country. Today he discusses renewable energy research and the recent announcement that Nanoscale system reaching perfect efficiency for solar fuel production step. 

SDPB's Director of Online Services Kent Osborne joins us to talk about the innovative way to cover wrestling. SDPB is joining with TrackWrestling to live stream every match on all eight mats. Catch the action here or go to our webpage. Follow the tournament on twitter using #SDwrestling16.

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service is banning the trade of 201 species of salamanders, making it illegal to import them or move them across state lines. Scientists hope the ban will prevent a deadly outbreak of a fungus that infects native salamanders. 

Dr. Jacob Kerby, USD Associate Professor of Biology, is associated with the national task force dealing with the issue and discusses the $10 million salamander trade and the fungus known as  Bsal.

A Team from School of Mines and Technology qualified as one of 20 US teams to attend the International Computer Programming Competition in Thailand. Joining us are coaches Toni Logar and Ed Corwin – and also Rachel Krohn – one of the students on the team and also the first woman from mines to qualify. We’ll learn about the international competition and what it takes for students to prepare.

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Immunologist Eduardo Huarte is working on how to use probiotics to help immunotherapies that fight cancer cells.  His work focuses on how a person's diet affects the bacteria within the digestive system, known as the gut microbiome, and in turn, how the immune system's ability to fight cancer is affected.  Huarte is an assistant research professor with South Dakota State University's Department of Food Science and Nutrition.

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South Dakota State University assistant professor Natalie Thiex's lab focuses on figuring out how the vesicles and organelles within the cytoplasm of white blood cells, or macrophages, work.  These include endosomes, macropinsomes and lipid droplets.  She joined Cara Hetland on Innovation to he work which looks at how understanding basic cell function can help improve human health.

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Michael Gonda, Associate Professor of Animal Science at South Dakota State University, is seeking to understand biological differences between bulls with high and low fertility.  It appears that certain molecules called "small RNAs" can be linked to differences in male fertility.  Evidence suggests that small RNAs are involved in spermatogenesis.  Gonda's lab has begun to identify small RNA molecules that are associated with male fertility.

Governor Dennis Daugaard gave his State of the State Address to lawmakers on Tuesday.   Here is a rundown of the highlights.  
 

You can find the entire address archived here.

Mark Luecke is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of South Dakota Innovation Partners, LLC, has previously provided executive management and business consulting to large Fortune 500 companies and small entrepreneurial businesses throughout his career. Most recently, Mark served as President and Chief Operating Officer of a venture capital firm based in Denver, Colorado, where is started and managed a diversified portfolio of businesses.

Bruce Watley, Ph.D. Candidate (A.B.D.) is an award-winning researcher in the field of innovation and problem-solving and author of the seminal work on individual innovative work behavior – An Intervention Study on the Effects of Innovation Training on Individual Innovative Work Behavior.  Watley serves as the director of the Lillibridge center for entrepreneurial leadership and innovation, assistant professor of business administration at the University of Sioux Falls, and was a previous owner of multiple successful small business in the outdoor industry.  

Mike Cartney, President Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown and Jeff Holcomb, President of Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls discuss the latest technology being used at their schools, new programs and what they see is needed this next legislative session.  

Fueled by a $172 million software donation from the Schlumberger Oil and Gas Company, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has launched an interdisciplinary energy initiative with the goal of advancing knowledge and better serving the oil and gas industry.

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Chronic muscle weakness presents strength and mobility challenges for those with Multiple Sclerosis. Cara Hetland talks with Dr. Bradley Bowser, director of the biomechanics laboratory in the Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences department at SDSU. Dr. Bradley discusses his research into how exercise might combine with cognitive behavioral therapy to improve quality of life for those living with MS.

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