In the Moment: 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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thomas Durkin is the Deputy Director of the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium. The Space Grant Consortium awards eight grants totaling $100,000 in NASA funding to five South Dakota Institutions.

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Jason Whiting teaches information and communication technology and career and technical education at Patrick Henry Middle School in Sioux Falls.

He received a grant from the Sioux Falls Education Foundation to purchase a humanoid robot. He joins Innovation host Cara Hetland for a conversation about rethinking classroom interactions.

Thad Giedd is a client specialist with Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship. Vaney Hariri is co-founder of Think 3D Solutions. Rob Nelson is Chief Operating Officer of Inanovate.

They join host Cara Hetland to discuss innovation in business and in science.

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. 

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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.

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Dr. Paul Miller, Orthopedic Surgeon at Regional Health. He will focus on three aspects of joint replacement that lead to same day procedures – pain management, implants and surgical technique.

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.

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Ranjit Koodali joins to discuss the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Dr. Gareth Davies and Julie Fieldsend, Research Project Lead discuss GeneFolio (pharmacogenomics testing)

Dr. Gareth Davies, Chief Scientific Officer of Avera Institute for Human Genetics and Casey Finnicum, Doctoral Research Intern discuss the Avera Twin Register and Studying the microbiome.

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Emily Griese, Ph.D., director at Sanford Research joins the program to discuss findings from a study of real-time patient data. The data was made available as part of a collaboration with academic institutions to study it for trends and insights.

Ryan Bartz is the Marketing and Communications Specialist for the USD Center for Disabilities and Richard Parent-Johnson is a Senior Research Associate. They discuss the annual Symposium event held Sunday, September 10th through Tuesday, September 12th at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

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In The Moment ... August 25, 2017 Show 164 Hour 2

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary James Burnley is in Sioux Falls to address the latest efforts to modernize air traffic control in the country and how those efforts might impact states like South Dakota.  Burnley served as General Counsel, Deputy Secretary and Secretary of Transportation under President Ronald Reagan.

Thayne Munce of the Sanford Sports Science Institite discusses the latest research in concussion testing and the recently released national CTE study.

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Innovation ... July 7,2017 Hour 2

Neutrino Day is held in Lead, South Dakota because solar neutrinos were discovered there. Bonnie Fleming, a Yale University physics professor and neutrino oscillation researcher, tells Cara how a man named Ray Davis first identified solar neutrinos. She shares why neutrinos will soon be shot from Fermilab in Illinois to the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota, and addresses the question: Are neutrinos the reason we exist?

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Innovation... July 7, 2017 Hour 1  

Neutrino Day with SDPB's Cara Hetland begins at the 4850 Level in Davis Cavern. She kicks things off with Michael Landry, the event's keynote speaker and Observatory Head for LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) Hanford in Washington. In the first half of the conversation, he describes where gravitational waves come from and how the LIGO project was built to detect them.

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Bryan is a father of two children who have recently been diagnosed with Batten Disease. This is a fatal, inherited disorder of the nervous system. Bryan's two children are in a clinical trial in Ohio. We'll also talk with Sanford Health's Dr. Jill Weimer whose lab developed the experimental gene-therapy to treat the disease.

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