Dakota Midday: Innovation

Fridays at Noon Central, 11 am Mountain

SDPB Radio News Director Cara Hetland hosts this program which explores the cutting edge products and services being offered by South Dakotans. Airs on alternating Fridays.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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. 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.

Bsal Task Force

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.

Wound Healing

Jan 22, 2016
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Mark Messerli, Assistant Professor of Biology and Microbiology at South Dakota State University, focuses his research on the building and rebuilding of tissues and organs.  He works on skin and how cells get injured, how they communicate during injury and the mechanisms they use for repair.  Wounds can have a huge impact on animals and humans.

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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.

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