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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University of South Dakota

Dr. Ranjit Koodali is a monthly contributor to SDPB Radio's Innovation. Koodali is a chemistry professor at the University of South Dakota and Dean of the USD Graduate School. "Dr. K" is also the public relations chair of the Sioux Valley Section of the American Chemical Society. He joins today's program to talk about efficient and selective degradation of polyethylenes into liquid fuels and waxes under mild conditions - or, in simple terms, turning plastic bottles into fuel.

Sanford Research

Dr. John Lee, a physician scientist in the Cancer Biology Research Center, is expanding his research by joining the founder of the Cancer MoonShot 2020 program to accelerate the research into cancer treatment. Lee's focus is on head and neck cancers caused by human papilloma virus (HPV).

Innovation: From The SURF

Jul 8, 2016
Constance Walter

SDPB's Cara Hetland hosts Innovation from the 4850 level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. 

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During his State of the Union address President Barack Obama announced the establishment of a new initiative to accelerate cancer research called Cancer Moonshot. The initiative comes with a billion dollar pledge and is being led by Vice-President Joe Biden. The goal is to make therapies available to more patients and also improve early detection. Last week the vice president held a nationwide summit. We are recreating the panel that met at Avera Health in Sioux Falls on Dakota. Midday.

Guests Include:

Dr. Luis Rojas - Avera Medical Group Gynecologic Oncology

Sarah Kuhnert is a survivorship nurse with the mySurvivorMentor program at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls. mySurvivorMentor is a new program that is currently available to breast cancer patients. It links survivors to walk the cancer journey with newly diagnosed patients. 

Connie Walter, Communications Director, Sanford Underground Research Facility discusses the annual Neutrino Day festivities in Lead. She talks about the Science Festival, featured speakers and tours of the hoist room at the underground lab.  

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The five-year walleye tagging project, which is in its final year, focuses on the Missouri River from the Oahe Dam near Pierre, South Dakota, north to the Garrison Dame near Riverdale, North Dakota. Researchers have tagged 26,132 fish in the last three years. Researchers hope to understand the basic science of angler harvest and how food sources and flooding impact the walleye population. We talk with researcher Brian Graeb and his doctoral student Eli Felts.

SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc.

Eddie Sullivan is the President, CEO and Co-Founder of SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc. based in Sioux Falls. The biopharmaceutical company leads the science and manufacturing of polyclonal antibody therapies. Eddie Sullivan has been named chair of the food and agriculture section governing board for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization or Bio. It’s the industry’s largest international trade association.

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Dr. Ranjit Koodali, USD Chemistry Professor and now Dean of the USD Graduate School 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 Dr. K. teaches us about using biosynthesized ZnO nanoparticles and soil fungi.

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SDSU Plant Pathologist Febina Mathew discusses how South Dakota farmers are dealing with two emerging fungal diseases— sudden death syndrome in soybean and Phomopsis stem canker in sunflowers.

Fungicides are largely ineffective, so farmers must rely on changes in management practices and selection of resistance varieties to reduce their losses.

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South Dakota has positioned itself to catalyze biotech research and development through an innovative virtual center with more than 30 affiliated researchers. Called BioSystems Networks & Translational Research, or BioSNTR, it was formed nearly two years ago and now is launching its capabilities on a larger scale. BioSNTR Director Adam Hoppe discusses the statewide collaborative endeavor, which includes participants from South Dakota’s public universities, private colleges and the public and private sectors.

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June has been named as Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month as part of the ongoing effort to bring awareness to how it's revolutionizing cancer treatment. Dr. Steven Powell discusses the latest research in Immunotherapy.

Cancer Immunotherapy uses the body's own immune system to target and attack cancer cells throughout the body. Scientists are working on improving these therapies by combining them with other types of cancer treatments to make them as effective as possible.

MPR

There are just some things as a reporter you never forget. I will always remember the day of the Mickelson plane crash, the Spencer tornado, talking with survivors of the Rapid City flood, and my first prison interview. It was March or April of 2000 and I was doing a series of stories about juvenile corrections. This was on the heels of the death of Gina Score at a boot camp in Plankinton. I was looking into how we treat juvenile offenders in South Dakota.

CETUP 2016 – this is the Center for Theoretical Underground Physics and Related Areas – who come together in the Black Hills for more than a month to collaborate. Russell Franques, CEO, Dakota Sciences; Barbara Szczerbinska, Associate Professor, Dakota State University; and Nancy Wehrkamp, Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute join the program to discuss this year's session. It begins June 6 and runs through July 15.

Dr. Ranjit Koodali, USD Chemistry Professor and now Dean of the USD Graduate School 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.

We talk about the Light sparks conversion of dinitrogen (commonly called nitrogen) to ammonia.

Matt Paulson

A group of local investors has just launched the Falls Angel Fund targeting early-stage companies with high-growth potential.  Matthew Paulson, Falls Angel Fund Chairman and lead investor; and Rich Naser, Zeal join the program to discuss this new funding opportunity for Sioux Falls area startups.

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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. 

Venkataraman Gadhamshetty

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.

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