Dakota Midday: Innovation

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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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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.

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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The Sanford FIELDHOUSE is the indoor sports facility in Sioux Falls for local, regional and national athletic training, soccer, baseball, softball, football and the POWER fitness programs. The building is 84,000 square feet designed for training athletes and helping them stay healthy. 

Sanford FIELDHOUSE is also home to Sanford POWER Athletic Enhancement Program, Sanford Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Sanford Sports Medicine Outreach (Athletic Training Program) and home of the National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance.

The South Dakota Engineering Accelerator has received a $100,000 innovation grant to create and pilot a new program.  The Accelerator, based at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, is part of the Enterprise Institute.  The goal is to identify early-stage engineering projects and then commercialize the technologies into viable businesses.  Tom Eitreim, manager of the Accelerator program, detailed the program on Innovation Friday.  Host Cara Hetland was also joined by several Accelerator participants as they described their concepts.

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Lloyd Metzger, Associate Professor in Dairy Science at SDSU and Director of Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center, is knowledgeable on cheese manufacturing and often serves as a consultant for food manufacturers.  We discuss proteins found in dairy and the desire of consumers for protein fortified products and the technology used to produce dairy based protein concentrates and isolates. 

Lori Oster, Program Coordinator for the Better Choices Better Health Program and Megan Olesen, Program Associate for the Better Choices Better Health Program.  Better Choices Better Health is a chronic disease self-management program developed at Stanford University in the 1990’s. 

Dr. Thayne Munce, Associate Director of the Sanford Sports Science Institute, discuss opening football season and what he’s adding to his football concussion study using youth football teams in Sioux Falls.

New Horizons Views Pluto

Aug 14, 2015
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Author and astronomer Ken Croswell of Berkely, California explained what scientists are learning from New Horizons' fly-by of Pluto.  See more information at www.kencroswell.com.

Grant Money For Innovation

Aug 14, 2015

Amy Scott Stolz, Sioux Falls Education Foundation Board Chair, and Twaine Fink, principal at Whittier Middle School in Sioux Falls, discussed the decision to increase more innovation in the classroom by increasing grant money for new ideas.  The Board agreed to raise the grants from $1500 to $10,000.  The guests explained how the increase will affect students.

Underground Geology With Tom Campbell

Aug 14, 2015
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As a young student, Tom Campbell discovered three minerals while exploring the Tip Top Mine near Custer.  Campbell is now a science education specialist at the Sanford Underground Research Facility.  He visited about his love for underground geology and how he shares that with students.  Campbell joined SDPB's Cara Hetland Friday on Innovation.

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
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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.

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