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Science - Mammoth - Expansion
1:46 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Mammoth Site Plans Expansion

More than 100,000 people visit The Mammoth Site each year.
Credit Courtesy of The Mammoth Site

The Mammoth Site is one of the premiere tourist attractions in Hot Springs, bringing in some 100,000 visitors each year. These numbers have more than outgrown the facilities available for those who flock to Southwestern South Dakota from around the world to learn about the state’s ancient history.

Plans are underway to construct a 5000-square foot facility to provide more educational space for paleontology enthusiasts and, hopefully, more tourism income to the Hot Springs community.

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1:25 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Farmers And Soil

Jeff Hemenway, Soil Quality Specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Paul Hetland, a farmer in Mitchell, joined the program to discuss the science and technology with what farmers will do with soil to make it more productive.

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1:22 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Climate Change

Dr. John Stam with the United States Geological Survey in Rapid City spoke with Charles Michael Ray about his presentation at the annual Western South Dakota Hydrology Conference earlier this month about climate change. To view the final draft of the April 2014 IPCC report, go to: http://mitigation2014.org/report/final-draft.

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1:18 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Anniversaries For Landsat 7 And 8 Satellites

Landsat 7 Satellite

This week marks the 15th anniversary of the Landsat 7 satellite and the first anniversary of images coming from Landsat 8. Jim Vogelmann, Research Ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science, joined Innovation to discuss the satellites and what they've done for science.

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1:30 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Refurbishing B-1 Bombers

Last month the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Ellsworth Air Force Base signed an agreement formalizing a relationship for collaborative projects such as the application of a revolutionary research technology to refurbish aging bombers. The university's partnership with Ellsworth has already helped return four B-1s to service and could save the military millions of dollars.

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1:30 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Don And Carmen Meyer Center Of Excellence

Michael O'Keefe, VP Business Development Avera St. Lukes, discussed the launch of the Don and Carmen Meyer Center of Excellence that will house the Avera Cancer Institute in Aberdeen.

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1:27 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Walking Forward Program In South Dakota

Dr. Daniel Petereit, Department of Radiation Oncology at Rapid City Regional Hospital's Cancer Care Institute, and Principal Investigator of Walking Forward, and Dr. C. Norman Coleman,  Associate Director and Radiation Research Program Senior Investigator for the National Cancer Institute, based in Bethesda, Maryland, joined Innovation host Cara Hetland to discuss the Walking Forward program in South Dakota as well as the efforts to take lessons learned world-wide.

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1:38 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

New Efforts For Rural Entrepreneurs For Improving Communities

Scott Meyer, Brofounder of 9 Clouds

Scott Meyer is the brofounder of 9 Clouds, a digital marketing and education firm that improves the digital literacy of businesses. He writes and hosts the Digital Homesteading blog and podcast focusing on growing rural business and community. His most recent book, Navigating Social Media: A Field Guide, provides strategies and tutorials for using social media effectively for business. Learn more and join his band of digital homesteaders at 9clouds.com/blog. Meyer talked about new efforts to teach rural entrepreneurs how to improve their communities.

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1:32 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Computer Course At DSU Without Keyboard Or Mouse

Dakota State University Professor Chris Olson developed a series of voice narrated tutorial videos for the DSU online course, Introduction to Computers. The course consists of 13 voice-narrated tutorials that align with a chapter in the textbook. Olson's online course targets those who have access issues or disabilities along with their rehabilitation counselors. He teaches the user how to leverage the power of the voice recognition software, Dragon Naturally Speaking, to create word processing documents, slideshow presentations, spreadsheets, databases and web pages.

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1:25 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Research Papers Published On Netherlands Twin Genetics Study

Dr. Gareth Davies, Scientific Director, Avera Institute for Human Genetics and Dr. Erik Ehli, Research Scientist, Avera Institute for Human Genetics, joined Innovation to discuss the latest research papers being published on their work with the Netherlands twin genetic study.

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2:24 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Bee Care Tour Comes To Brookings

Credit Bayer

The Bayer CropScience 2nd Annual Bee Care Tour stops in Brookings on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center.  Honey bees and other pollinators play a vital role in the food supply with more than 25% of the nation's agricultural crops dependent upon pollination.  Bayer CropScience bee expert Sarah Meyers talked about this year's tour which engages attendees on the important role pollinators and seed treatment technology plays in creating a sustainable agriculture.

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1:44 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Research Study Of Mild Alzheimer Patients

Researchers hoped a new compound treatment is a miracle drug to reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease. But that's not the case for more advanced patients. So now they're looking at using the treatment on early onset of the disease. Dr. Bill Fuller with Avera Behavioral Health discussed the research study of mild Alzheimer patients.  To find out more about the study call Gail at Aver Behavioral Health at 605-322-3075.

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Science - Deadwood - Remains
2:50 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Discovering The Past Through Dental Fillings

Mandible and cranium remnants of human remains found in Deadwood having a panoramic x-ray taken.
Credit Courtesy Deadwood City Archives

As we move further into the second decade of the new millennium, advances in science, technology and medicine seem to occur almost every day. But for as much as we move forward toward the next “great new world”, shadows of our past continue to arise reminding us of our “roots”. 

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1:38 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Neurological Function Study On Youth Football

Thayne Munce

Sanford Health recently released findings on a pilot study that looks at the effects of youth football on selected clinical measures of neurological function. Thayne Munce, PhD, National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance, talked about the results in the study on Innovation.

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1:31 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Youth Football And ACL Injuries

Judith Peterson

Judith Peterson, Physician Sport Medicine Rehabilitation, has been involved in a project to decrease ACL knee ligament tears in adolescent athletes in South Dakota. These severe injuries are a national epidemic and affect many South Dakota athletes and families. Peterson is presenting a lecture on this topic at the national meeting of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation October 5 in Washington DC. She joined Innovation host Cara Hetland to discuss this severe injury suffered on the playing field.

  

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2:44 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Identifying Deadwood Body

In 2012, the remains of a young man between the ages of 18-24 were uncovered during repair on a retaining wall behind a residential home.  The home was at the site of the original Deadwood cemetery which was later covered by houses and streets - the same cemetery where Wild Bill Hickok was first buried before being moved to Mount Moriah.  The young man was found with substantial dental work, unusual for the time, which may assist in identifying him and his ancestry.  Deadwood city archivist Mike Runge says the written records of those buried at the town's first cemetery may also shed light

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Science - Deadwood - Remains
12:16 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Investigating Deadwood's Century-Old Human Remains

Photo of Deadwood's first cemetery - where unidentified human remains have been found.
Credit Courtesy Deadwood City Archives

The town of Deadwood has developed a reputation in many areas over the years. It’s the place you go to find gambling in the Black Hills. It’s the place to go to find historical reenactments of the Old West. Many say it’s also the place to go to find the spirits of the dead. But it hasn’t been known as the place to go to find a skeleton in your backyard…until now. 

Today we visit the stomping grounds of Wild Bill Hickok and finds the remains of a former resident who – at the moment - has no name. 

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2:19 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Impact Of Pine Beetles To Water Supply

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray interviewed South Dakota School of Mines researchers Jim Stone and Heidi Sieverding about new research on the impact of pine beetles to the water supply.

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2:17 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Cliff Swallow Research

Cliff Swallow

Dr. Charles Brown, Professor of Biology at the University of Tulsa, is researching on the behavioral and disease of ecology of birds. His long-term project (27 years) is among the longest running, continuous field studies on birds in North America. His focus on cliff swallows identifies the causes of group living and to understand why breeding colonies vary in size. Dr. Brown talked about what he's discovered so far.

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2:11 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Sanford Imagenetics

Dr. Eugene Hoyme
Credit KDLT

Sanford Health recently announced a $125 million gift to fund the genomic initiative for internal medicine. The gift launches Sanford Imagenetics. Dr. Eugene Hoyme, President of Sanford Research, joined Innovation to discuss genetic testing for patients. For more information, go to: sanfordhealth.org/imagenetics.

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7:29 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Rattlesnakes That Can't Rattle Being Found In The Black Hills

Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus Viridus) in South Dakota
Credit Steve W. Thompson

(The following story originally aired on August 29, 2013.)

South Dakota is home to only one venomous snake—the Prairie Rattlesnake. They can be spotted in every county in the state west of the Missouri River, and in a spot or two along the river in the east.  A growing number of these snakes appear to have lost their ability to rattle, and that concerns some scientists who think the abnormality may lead to that very obvious warning of danger eventually going away.

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1:28 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Macintosh 30 Years Later And Research On Facebook

The Computer Guys - Jeff Litterick, Amos Aesoph, Joel Broveleit and John T. Meyer - along with guest host Kealey Bultena, discuss the latest news in technology. Topics included the 30 year anniversary of the Macintosh computer, a new app called Jelly and researchers saying that Facebook could be dead by the year 2017.

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12:36 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Arctic Ice Loss And The Loopy Jet Stream

Fog covered peaks in the Brooks Range of Northern Alaska. Northern latitudes are warming faster than other parts of the hemisphere.

If you think the weather has gone crazy in recent years some scientists say you can blame the melting of the polar ice cap.

New research ties together the massive summer ice loss over the North Pole with a weakening of the jet stream leading to changes in the weather in mid latitudes.

Take for example the record flooding in 2011, the drought of 2012, and again floods in some areas around the country in 2013. 

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray spoke with a lead researcher of the study and with a regional climatologist to ask if this pattern of extreme weather will continue.

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1:41 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Creating A Center For Security And Counterfeiting

Dr. Jon Kellar and Dr. Grant Crawford of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology join Innovation to discuss the creation of a Center for Security Printing and Anti-Counterfeiting Technology. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is the lead institution for the project. Collaborating with other faculty from the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University, these university-based researchers will work on new projects to address the most pervasive and destructive security and counterfeiting problems.

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1:31 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Grants To Expand Research At SD Universities

The South Dakota Board of Regents recently announced a series of innovation grants to expand research at several universities in South Dakota. Paul Turman, Vice President for Research & Economic Development with the SD Board of Regents, talked about the new grants. For more details on the grants, click here: http://www.sdepscor.org/_wp-pdf/s&tplan/2020%20Vision.pdf

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2:01 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Cancer Prevention And Research Funding

As our understanding of cancer evolves, so must research into the disease that strikes more than one million Americans each year. But federal funding is in jeopardy, and experts says the private sector can’t make up the lack of government money. The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network is the advocacy division that raises money and awareness for cancer prevention, research and treatment. SDPB's Kealey Bultena sat down with Dr.

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3:28 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Medications Aim To Reduce Heart Attacks

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray speaks with Dr. James Walder about a new study looking at medications that aim to reduce heart attacks in Native American patients. The set of drugs act as platelet inhibitors to reduce the chance of blood clots that can cause heart attacks. The drugs may have different effects based on genetic background. Dr. Walder is the Principal Investigator for this research study and a cardiologist with the Heart Doctors in Rapid City and the Medical Director of the Black Hills Cardiovascular Research Group.

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3:23 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

SDTBC Accelerator Program

Innovation continues its conversation with business start-ups who are participating in the South Dakota Technology Business Center (SDTBC) Accelerator program. The companies and founders are: Sidewalk Technologies with Amos Kittelson, Nanofiber Separations with Todd Menkhaus, and Fiontar Nua with Faye Wright.

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1:25 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

New Dialysis Center In Sioux Falls

A new Dialysis Center is opening in Sioux Falls. Gone are the large rooms with several chairs. Dr. Robert Santella from the Avera Medical Group Nephrology and Beth Plahn discussed the new center on Innovation.

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1:22 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Companies Give Updates On Accelerator Program

Three start-up companies have completed the accelerator program this year. Host Cara Hetland talked with Linda Thomason of Braced With Style, Curt Ahlemeier and Mike Merrel of FarmCast Group, and Lisa Rinaldo, Director of Sales and Manufacturing at Prohm-tect, about the program they finished and updates on where their companies are headed.

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