Dr. Michael West presents "The Science of Swords" on June 19 as part of the STEAM Cafe held every third Tuesday of each month. Dr. West is Department Head of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology's Metallurgical Engineering Department.
West integrates blacksmithing into his curriculum. He joins Innovation to preview his STEAM Cafe presentation.
White-nose syndrome has been spreading west and now its been discovered in bats in South Dakota.
Silka Kempema, Wildlife Biologist for South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, and Kimberly Dickerson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service White-Nose Syndrome Coordinator for the Mountain/Prairie Region, visit about what this means for the bat population and conservation.
The USD Discovery District has its first anchor tenant - SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc. SAB president, CEO and co-founder Eddie Sullivan talks about being the first tenant and shares his goals for the first project. He's joined by Rich Naser, president of the USD Discovery District.
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. It’s grilling season and this month we’re talking about a process of filtering out carcinogens from smoke flavoring.
Melissa Hamersma Sievers discusses watching the Rube Goldberg Day at Riggs High School in Pierre. This project has been an annual tradition for nearly 20 years. Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor and author. His cartoons serve as an inspiration to aspiring engineers and scientists across the world.
Christine Wood – 4-H Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Field Specialist. Discusses a competition where South Dakota teens applied research methods to answer real-world questions impacting our state’s number one industry of Agriculture through SDSU Extension 4-H Science of Agriculture project. This nine-month research project is designed to expose teens to the engineering process. The question the students answered was: What are the most profitable range management practices that are good for cattle production, soil/range health, and will build pheasant populations?
Sanford Health physicians and leaders were among the international experts presenting at the Fourth International Vatican Conference in Rome on April 26-28. The conference brings together leaders in health care, science and research as part of the Cura Foundation conference. This is the second time Sanford physicians have presented their work at this conference. Jill Weimer is the senior director of therapeutic development and associate scientist at Sanford Research.
Bill Harris is President of OmegaQuant, LLC, a Sioux Falls laboratory. He’s also on the USD Medical School faculty and spent several years with Sanford Research as the Director of Cardiovascular Health. His recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology found that people with high blood levels of fish oil were 35 percent less likely to develop heard disease than people with low levels. And your Omega-3 level is a better predictor of disease risk than cholesterol.
Joree Sandin is a recent graduate with a mechanical engineering major from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She is the student leader of the Moonrockers team consisting of 16 Tech students. The team is on its way to the 2018 NASA Robotic Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center. This event brings together more than 500 college students from around the country. The competition challenges students to design and build a robot that can mine the icy gravel from the planet Mars.
Christian Widener, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of VRC Metal Systems was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year for 2018 by South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development. VRC Metal Systems manufactures cold spray equipment and advanced manufacturing systems. Widener is also an associate professor at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and is director of the Arbegast Materials and Processing Laboratory, a research facility for advanced metals and processing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Andrew VanOsdol, is a general surgeon at Rapid City Regional Health. Tis the season for over indulging ourselves with fatty foods, drinks and sweets. And often our gastrointestinal track pays us back. There are some who have this experience every day and need relief. Dr. Van Osdol has introduced a procedure West River called the LINX procedure. This is for patients with gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD. The LINX is a tiny bracelet of magnetic beads designed to support the lower esophageal sphincter.
Dr. Ranjit Koodali is the dean of the graduate school and chemistry professor at the University of South Dakota. He joins us each month to discuss the latest in chemistry research and what it means to us.
Eddie Sullivan is the President and CEO of SAB Biotherapeutics based in Sioux Falls. The company announced its first in-human trial of new immunotherapy in antibiotic resistance and saw success. SAB Biotherapeutics also announced the launch a Utah based company that uses goats to produce human therapeutics.
Devon Riter currently works as a Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Leader and focuses on the nonprofit Lower Brule Research. He will join a project next week as Zeke Prado, a science teacher in Lower Brule will attempt to break the Guiness World Record for the largest explosive bubble.
Robert Anderson, PhD. Is a professor in the nanoscience and nanoengineering graduate program at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He joins us to discuss the 2014 invention of the Lattice Light-Sheet Microscope (LLSM) by Nobel Laureate Eric Betzic. This device captures high-speed real-time 3D moving images from inside living cells without damaging them. There’s great potential for medical breakthroughs.
Scott Wood, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nano Science and Engineering and Nano Biomechanics and Mechanobiology Laboratory at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He joins us to discuss his research into arthritis and his efforts in finding a way to reverse joint damage.