Cara Hetland

SDPB Radio Director

Cara Hetland is the Director of Radio 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 In the Moment program Innovation.  She loves a good story and can’t wait to tell South Dakotan’s about it.  Cara also teaches media courses at the University of Sioux Falls 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. Scott Dee is director of research with Pipestone Veterinary Services and is part of a group of researchers in veterinary and biomedical sciences who discovered that some foreign animal diseases can survive the journey from China in imported feed ingredients.

Dr. Amy Sanford, an oncologist with Sanford discusses the findings of a new study that shows greater survival for newly diagnosed advanced lung cancer patients who receive an immunotherapy drug plus standard chemotherapy. These results are expected to change the way patients are treated.

Paul Higbee is an education, a freelance writer and and author. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the Technology in Education conference in South Dakota. Higbee says innovation in education has evolved.

NASA is scheduled to launch a new Satellite next week.  TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) is an all-sky survey mission to discover thousands of exoplanets. Dr. Padi Boyd, Astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and deputy project scientist for the test mission discusses the project and why we need to discover new planets.

Thad Giedd, Client Specialist, Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship, discusses the Accelerator Program for 2018 and how your small business can grow.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is appearing on Capitol Hill for a second day of hearings about protecting its users' data. The House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing follows hours of questioning by lawmakers in the Senate. Facebook is under scrutiny after revelations that the data-mining and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained the data of tens of millions of Facebook users. The company is accused of using that data to target American voters in the 2016 election.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying on Capitol Hill to answer questions about protecting user data. The hearing held by the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees follows news that the data-mining and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users. The firm is accused of using that information to target Facebook users with political advertising in 2016. The two Senate committees are holding a joint hearing called "Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data."

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Dr. Ranjit Koodali is the Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Chemistry at the University of South Dakota. He joins us each month to discuss the latest research in chemistry. This month we explore the technology of 4-D printing. Georgia Tech researchers are finding new applications for their work. 4-D printing is the process of creating self-assembling structures that transform over time.

Keolu Fox is a phD candidate at the University of Washington Department of Genome Sciences. His work focuses on the application of genome sequencing to increase compatibility for blood transfusion therapy and organ transplantation. He is also the co-founder of IndiGenomics, a tribal non-profit organization with a mission of bringing genomic expertise to indigenous communities. He and Joe Yracheta joined me last week to talk about Keolu Fox’s visit to the Cheyenne River reservation about empowering Native Americans to do more research on genetic health disparities.

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Rich Naser is president of the USD Discovery District.  The USD Discovery District is an 80-acre corporate and academic research park under development in Sioux Falls. Earlier this month the announcement came that the Discovery District is open for business. At full build out, the project will include 26 privately developed buildings employing 2,800 people. 

Avera has announced plans to build the Avera Addiction Care Center in Sioux Falls., part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Patient Care Network

Thomas Otten is Vice President of Avera Behavioral Health Services.

Special interests can donate to other ballot questions.

Legislature wants final say in any major expansions to Medicaid.

Senate Judiciary passes a bill that increases the punishment for drug dealers when a person dies as a direct result of using the substance they sold.

Revenues of more than $18 million than projected in tax receipts. Governor is cautiously optimistic about the numbers. 

A House Committee is passing legislation that removes collective bargaining for the state's public universities.

The House Education Committee is debating free speech for student journalists.

HB1241 imposes a yearly fee for driving electric and hybrid vehicles.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will wait to take action on a bill that stiffens penalties for meth use and distribution. Attorney General Marty Jackley says tougher penalties are needed to get a handle on meth abuse in the state.

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Hydrocarbons gone amok. Dr. Ranjit Koodali from the University of South Dakota talks about how ski wax can make or break winning the gold.

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Padu Krishnan is a cereals chemist in the Department of Dairy and Food Science at South Dakota State University. General Mills and Grain Millers provided $140,000 to develop a near-infrared spectrometer (NIRS) calibration to qualify beta-glucan content in oat samples. NIRS uses reflected energy to quantify beta-glucan levels in a sample of ground oats, much like a creating a fingerprint. It’s the level of beta-glucan content in oats is what gives a heart healthy label.

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Kurt Griffin, director of clinical trials for The Sanford Project discusses the T-Rex Study, a phase 2 clinical trial has completed enrollment of 110 children with type 1 diabetes. The study uses the patient’s own T cells to help the body fight type 1 diabetes. Patients are followed for two years.

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Julie Brookbank, MTI vice president for marketing joins Innovation to talk about a national recognition.

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Dr. Gene Hoyme participated in a study with results recently published in JAMA. The study began in 2010 and spanned six years. Researchers interviews first grade students in different communities around the United States to look for children on the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder spectrum. Sioux Falls is the Midwestern community listed in the research.  Dr. Hoyme says the prevalence rate for FASD is as high as 5%. He says FASD is completely preventable and is caused by women drinking while pregnant.

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Kelsey Murray is a PhD candidate and adjunct professor at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She is also the owner of the consulting firm Crossover Biomedicals. Her study found new testing methods to assess the public health risk from fecal contaminated waters by singling out and testing for genes associated with harmful forms of E. coli, including Shiga-toxigenic E. coli (STEC). 

Murray’s research included over 1000 DNA extractions from bacteria in water samples taken out of Rapid Creek and the Big Sioux River over a two-year period. 

HB1104 Revises provisions regarding the arrest of victims of domestic abuse.

Lawmakers debate requiring paid sick days each year. Measure fails.

Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is moving a bill forward that changes an eligibility requirement to serve on the Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

House Judiciary committee is passing legislation to increase penalties for those who pay money for sex. HB1110 adds that a person convicted of one or more violations within a decade is a Class 6 felony.

 

The South Dakota House of Representatives passed HB1008 that allows officials to adjust speed limits due to weather conditions and road work.

The House Education Committee is considering a bill that requires open-enrolled students to alert their resident school district if they plan on returning for the next school year.

South Dakota lawmakers must regularly update controlled substance statutes in order to follow federal regulations. SB32 contains several updates.

HJR1001 passes House and removes authority for lawmakers to set their own pay.

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President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which is followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom are annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. You can also watch the speeches live starting at 8 pm Central

Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. In announcing their decision, Democratic leaders in Congress called Kennedy a "relentless fighter for working Americans." Kennedy is the grandson of the late Robert Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general and New York senator who was assassinated in 1968. He is also the great nephew of both the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and the late president John F. Kennedy.

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Avera announced it is part of an international collaboration for the care of lung cancer patients. This FDA approved clinical trial is called the SPRING trial. It stands for Survival Prolongation by Rationale Innovative Genomics. Patients are given a three-drug protocol that incorporates immunotherapy (avelumab) and two other therapies (palbociclib and axitinib). Dr. Ben Soloman, principal investigator for the SPRING clinical trial, and medical oncologist with Avera Cancer Institute joins us to discuss the study.

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Dr. Ranjit Koodali is the Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Chemistry at the University of South Dakota. He joins us each month to discuss the latest research in chemistry.

This month, we discuss a new application for chemically strengthened glass.

Belinda Engelhart is the Regional Director for the South Dakota Small Business Development Center. Roger Foote is the owner of Twisted Canoe Boat Shop. Roger turned his hobby into a business with the help of the Small Business Development Center. They both join the program today for this discussion.

Speaker of the House wants voters to decide whether legislators should get a pay increase.

A bill on the senate floor streamlines the licensing process for mental health and other counselors moving to South Dakota from other states. HB1040 grants licenses to counselors based on years of experience if in good standing.

Lawmakers are weighing the issue of a mother's privacy over her infant's health.

 

The Senate State Affairs Committee advances bills around voter registration; resolving language of voter approved initiated measures or constitutional amendments;  and reinforcing campaign funding limits.

South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture says he's paying attention to the budget and the ag economy. A new study reveals the economy remains slow in rural parts of the state. 

SDSU President plans to move forward with a precision agriculture facility. The governor says the budget is tight to make that happen.

A national group that advocates for state legislatures provided training centered on ethics, code of conduct and sexual harassment.

The House Judiciary Committee approves a bill adding several violent crimes to a list for parole calculation.

House Health and Human Services Committee is advancing a measure that allows counselors and therapists who hold licenses from other states to get a South Dakota license.

U.S. Education SEcretary Betsy DeVos approves South Dakota's plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

 

Jason Hancock, Director of South Dakota Legislative Research Council discusses changes and the role of the LRC.

The South Dakota House of Representatives is passing a bill that gives the LRC more time to draft and provide written comments for ballot measure petitions.

House STate Affairs Committee debates a bill creating a Citizens Initiative Review Commission.

 

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