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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Innovation: Emily Graslie At Neutrino Day

Jul 10, 2015

Emily Graslie, chief curiosity correspondent for the Field Museum in Chicago and creator of the YouTube channel "The Brain Scoop," talks about the relationships between science and art at this year's Neutrino Day. Graslie guides viewers through days in the life of scientists from expeditions in the Amazon to some gritty lab work on "The Brain Scoop" which has more than 275,000 viewers.  She joined SDPB's Cara Hetland Friday in the Sanford Underground Research Facility.

Innovation: Mike Headley

Jul 10, 2015
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Mike Headley, Executive Director of the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority, visited about Neutrino Day.  Events are scheduled for Friday and Saturday (July 10-11) at the Sanford Lab and the Homestake Opera House.  Click here for more information.

Innovation: Dr. Ray Jayawardhana

Jul 10, 2015
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Dr. Ray Jayawardhana is the keynote speaker at this year's Neutrino Day.  Jayawardhana is the Dean of Science and professor of physics and astronomy at York University in Toronto.  He joined Innovation host Cara Hetland at the 4850 foot level from the Sanford Underground Research Facility.

Jessica J Messersmith,Ph.D. Assistant Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department at USD. She discusses the department's Cochlear Implant program. Technological advances are helping more and more people with severe hearing loss. We also meet people whose lives have been changed through implants. 

The South Dakota Office of the Small Business Innovation Research program is hosting a two-day event that gives technology entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet with representatives from 11 federal agencies about competing for grants and contracts for the research and development of innovative produces and processes. Gary Archamboult, SBIR program Director, joins Innovation to talk about the SBIR Road Tour. 

The Event is July 16 & 17

LBNF Experiment

Jun 12, 2015

Josh Willhite, project manager for the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF), and Jared Heise, science director at the Sanford Lab, discussed the LBNF experiment and its construction.  The LBNF will send a beam of neutrinos through the earth from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Batavia, Illinois to the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead.  A series of public meetings are scheduled to discuss the environmental impacts during the construction of the project.  The meetings are June 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Science Happy Hour

Jun 12, 2015

Science Happy Hour is taking place Friday night in Sioux Falls.  More than 20 exhibits have local scientists explaining topics in a fun and accessible way for adults to learn while enjoying a beverage.  Physicist Barbara Szczerbinska of Dakota State University and Nancy Wehrkamp, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, detailed the event on Innovation with Cara Hetland.  They also discussed the 4th annual "It's All About Science Festival," a family friendly event that explores science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  And they outlined the Center for Theoretical Undergro

Third Annual CRCAIH Summit

Jun 12, 2015
Sanford Health

Dr. Amy Elliott, director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Prevention at Sanford Research, visited about the Third Annual Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health Summit.  In 2013, Sanford Research and its partners received a $13.5 million grant, the largest in its history, from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Minority Health and Disparitites to create CRCAIH.

Dr. Shelby Terstriep, medical oncologist (based in Fargo) and medical director for embrace Survivorship Program and Meagan Huisman, affiliate coordinator for Susan G. Komen South Dakota.  They discuss a Susan G. Komen grant to start a survivorship program for women with breast cancer.  The program is designed to create an innovative program to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological needs of every cancer survivor.  

Earlier this month the 13th annual Western South Dakota Hydrology Conference was held in Rapid City.  SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray sat down with three of the featured speakers to talk about water management, water rights and the idea of cloud seeding.  Guests include, Andy Detwiler a professor at South Dakota School of Mines --  Robert Hirsch a Research Hydrologist with the US Geological Survey and Rob Harmon The Presdient and CEO of Energy RM.
 

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Dr. Steven Powell, with Sanford Health discusses how researchers are looking at immunotherapy as a way to fight cancer.  Immunotherapy develops treatments to harness your immune system and use your own immune system to fight the cancer.

Dr. Keith Miskimins – Senior Scientist and Director of the Cancer Biology Research Center at Sanford Research.  His lab is currently looking at the Translation control of tumor suppressor protein p27Kip1 in normal and cancer cells.  p27 is an inhibitor of cell cycle progression that is commonly down regulated in cancer cells.

Daniel Engebretson, PhD, is a physical chemist and is chair of the USD biomedical engineering program.  He’s also the head of the USD Graduate Education and Applied Research (GEAR) Center in Sioux Falls.  He  discusses the latest biomedical engineering research, the bioSNTR statewide efforts and collaborations with clinicians and industry.

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Dr. Gareth Davies, Chief Scientific Officer and Scientific Director at the Avera Institute for Human Genetics.  He was listed as a co-author in Nature, the international weekly journal of science for an article titled “Common Genetic Variants Influence Human Subcortical Brain Structures” which was released Jan.

The OWN

Feb 13, 2015

Samantha Ellis discussed a new platform from which women can run their businesses.  It's called The OWN and is based in Rapid City.  Freelancers, skilled professionals, crafts women and even CEO's of existing businesses can use the network community and facility.

Attitudes Toward Wind Farms

Jan 23, 2015

Sociologist Jeffrey Jacquet and graduate student Josh Fergen gauged community attitudes toward wind farms in South Dakota.  They said that a culture of support bodes well for a state that has great potential to exploit wind turbines as a source of renewable energy.  Respondents saw beauty in wind turbines that were moving because they view them as being economically productive.  Jacquet and Fergen are also doing research on wind farms in Minnesota, particularly near Lake Benton, which was one of the first communities to embrace wind energy.

Cyanide Detection

Jan 23, 2015

Cyanide poisoning can kill within 30-minutes.  Having a quick, easy means of detecting exposure can save lives.  Brain Logue, associate professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at South Dakota State University, and his team have developed a sensor that will detect cyanide poisoning in less than a minute through a National Institutes of Health/Department of Defense grant.  The current clinical standard is a 24-hour lab-based test.  The new technology would be used by emergency rooms and first responders.  A post-doctoral student on the project, Randy Jackson explained that multiple prototypes

Cruciferous Vegetables And Cancer Metastasis

Jan 23, 2015
South Dakota State University

Associate professor Moul Dey and her team have examined whether phenethyl isothiocyante, a dietary compound produced when people chew cruciferous vegetables such as watercress, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, can help prevent recurrence and metastasis of cancer.  Using cancer stem cells of human origin, they found that it may be effective as a dietary approach for preventing recurrence and metastasis and improving therapeutic outcomes for cancer patients.  Dr. Dey described her work and plans for future tests.

Strengthening Bridges

Jan 23, 2015
South Dakota State University

Nadim Wehbe, director of the Jerome L. Lohr Structures Lab, said that testing has revealed that a new means of joining precast double-tee bridges can dramatically increase a bridge's lifetime.

Earlier this week, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation made a $3 million investment in SAB Biotherapeutics to bolster the Bio-Tech industry in the area. SAB Biotherapeutics uses genetically engineered cattle to produce human antibodies. CEO and co-founder Dr. Eddie Sullivan discusses his company and the science behind human antibodies.   

Thayne Munce is associate director of the Sanford Sports Science Institute. He authored a study on brain injury risk in youth football. The studied monitored 22 local youth football players ages 11 to 13 during a single season of 27 practices and 9 games. Each player wore sensors in his helmet which measured head-impact frequency, magnitude, duration and location. More than 6,000 head impacts were recorded, and found to be similar in magnitude and location to those in high school and college football but less frequent.

Changes To Health Exchange

Dec 29, 2014
Avera Health

This is the second year of the federal health insurance marketplace, also known as the "exchange." December 15 is the deadline to apply for the insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Deb Muller, Avera Health Plans Chief Administrative Officer, joined Innovation host Cara Hetland to visit about what has been learned and changes coming with respect to the exchange.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Study

Dec 29, 2014
Sanford Health

Dr. Gene Hoyme is internationally known for his work with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder. He also serves as president of Sanford Research and chief academic officer for Sanford Health. Hoyme has led FASD research studies in South Africa for the past 15 years. He co-authored a study that shows nearly five-percent of U.S. children may be affected by FASD.  The study explored the incidence of FASD among first grade students in Sioux Falls.

Jodi Schwan, Editor of the Sioux Falls Business Journal, discusses the first Sioux Falls Made Market December 5, 2014, at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.  Schwan says the makers movement taps into the American culture that says if you can dream it, you can make a living with it.  She says incubating start-up commerce leads to new businesses.

Michael Lawler, Ph.D., Dean of the USD School of Health Sciences discusses the role of interprofessional education in Health Sciences.  The concept called "interprofessionalism" simulates and teach activities that mimic reality.  It helps students understand the role of other healthcare professionals as it relates to their own field.  

Russ Wilke, MD, Internal Medicine Physician at Sanford Health in Fargo.  Wilke is a co-author in a study published in Nature Communications  about how statin medications that can be attributed to genetic factors. Statins are the most commonly prescribed class of drugs in the United States.  These drugs reduce the frequency and severity of cardiovascular disease in patients at risk for heart attack and stroke.  The study looked at genetics, drugs and side effects in patients.

Accelerator Boot Camp

Aug 15, 2014
South Dakota Technology Business Center

Cara Hetland hosted today's Innovation program from the South Dakota Technology Business Center in Sioux Falls where she visited with several entrepreneurs at the annual Accelerator Boot Camp.  Pam Boehm, Entrepreneurship and Incubation Manager at the Technology Business Center, discussed this year's boot camp.

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