South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Sanford Donates $30 Million to Scholarship Endowment

Jan 29, 2018
Horatio Alger Association

Denny Sanford is establishing a 30 million dollar scholarship endowment with the Horatio Alger Association. Seven universities in South Dakota are among twelve in the nation receiving an allotment from the new scholarship program. 

Michael Zimny

In The Moment ... January 29, 2018 Show 265 Hour 1

A new series of classes is about to begin for those interested in geology in the Black Hills.

This will include how to use geological maps and tools along with features and fossils unique to the Black Hills. Alvis Lisenbee, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

In The Moment ... January 4, 2018 Show 249 Hour 2

It's always a delight to catch up with artist Deborah Mitchell. She currently has an exhibit at The Garage in Rapid City. Drawings from the Black Hills are shown along with the unveiling of her new series Gardens I've Known.

  A South Dakota paleontologist is receiving a 400 thousand dollar grant from the National Science Foundation. Darrin Pangac is an associate professor of Geology and Geological Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He and his team of researchers are working to increase diversity in geological field work.

Mines Swears In New President

Nov 7, 2017
Chynna Lockett

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has a new president. The college needed to fill the position after the former president accepted a position as U.S. Secretary of the Air Force.

James Rankin is the new president of the school of Mines.

Rankin grew up in Fort Pierre. He is currently the Vice Provost for research and economic Development at the University of Arkansas.

Rankin says he has plans for growth and development at Mines. He says this includes focusing on retention.


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.

In The Moment ... September 5, 2017 Show 170 Hour 1

Total Eclipse Over Nebraska

Aug 21, 2017
chynna lockett

Today the solar eclipse made a path across the U.S.. People traveled from all over the world to get a glimpse of totality. A student team gathered in Alliance, Nebraska to capture the event.

Eden Bhatta

An engineering student from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has developed a large social media following…for his photography. He has nearly 25 thousand followers on Instagram. His feed features crisp, detailed images of the night sky.

The sun has set over the Badlands National Park and now the scene feels like a different planet. Headlights illuminate hundreds of tan, sandy pillars and hilly formation.

Rapid City based photographer Eden Bhatta fills his arms with camera gear. He hikes up a hill then sets his up his tripods.


In The Moment ... July 26, 2017 Show 142 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Denise Ross and Roger Whittle join us to talk about the state’s top political headlines. Today we discuss lawmaker’s attempts to prevent future embezzlement of tax payer dollars as it relates to the continued investigation into Mid-Central Education Cooperative. We also talk about the state’s budget surplus and President Donald Trump’s popularity in the state.

Chynna Lockett

A new machine in the Sanford Underground Lab is helping scientists study the elements of the universe. This is the first of its kind in the United States.

The Compact Accelerator System for Performing Astrophysical Research, or CASPAR, project is getting ready to collect data about the universe. CASPAR uses a low-energy particle accelerator beam to help scientists understand what elements stars create.

Teens Learn About Water Quality

Jun 30, 2017
Chynna Lockett

It’s not unusual to see teens hanging out around water during hot summer afternoons. On Tuesday, one group gathered at Rapid Creek to learn about water quality and urban runoff. The program gave students a hands-on experience in science.

Dr. Scott Kenner is a professor with the Civil Environmental Engineering Department at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He stands next to a section of Rapid Creek questioning a small group of middle and high school students.

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment ... June 20, 2017 Show 118 Hour 2

Today the Sioux Falls Arts Council unveiled the results from a study about the economic impact of local arts and culture. Joining us with more, Kara Dirkson, executive director of the council.

Chynna Lockett

One hundred and twenty eight teams of computer programmers flooded into the Rapid City Civic Center Wednesday morning. Students from all over the world competed in the 41st annual International Collegiate Programming Contest world finals. They buckled down at the computer for five hours translating word problems into computer code.

Over 100 cubicles are lined up alphabetically by university in the Civic Center Ice Arena. Each seats three programmers. The languages differ from table to table.

But contestants are also fluent in two other languages—math and coding.

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment ... May 15, 2017 Show 093 Hour 1

If you relaxed with a cold drink this week after a long day of work outside, you might have reached for a locally brewed craft beer. The industry is growing in South Dakota, with more consumers seeking out local offerings. For American Craft Beer Week, we're joined by some of the region's top brewers ... Ermin Husidic from Miner Brewing Company in Hill City and Ricardo Tarabelsi from Fernson Brewing Company in Sioux Falls.

Female Community Leaders And Mentors Recognized

Mar 10, 2017
chynna lockett

March is time to celebrate the accomplishments of women in the past and present. The Buffalo Gals kicked off Women’s History Month by recognizing those that are paving the way for change. 

Women share their experiences from years of community work during the three day Women’s Conference in Rapid City. Each story fit in with the event’s title Living Our Legacy.

Amanda Stadel’s focus is sex trafficking. She is on the Board of Directors for HEAL International and a volunteer Program Coordinator at the Of My Own in Arizona.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment... February 23, 2017 Show 036 Hour 2

We begin the hour with a preview of the 89th Academy Awards. Our guest is Jeff Logan, president of Logan Luxury Theaters. We make some Oscar predictions and keep in mind that films that might not resonate in South Dakota might still be Oscar favorites. On Monday’s “In the Moment” we return with Jeff for a recap.

The New Colossus

In The Moment ... February 21, 2017 Show 034 Hour 1

Trump Picks Wilson For Secretary of Air Force

Jan 23, 2017
South Dakota School of Mines

President Donald Trump has nominated a South Dakota college official for Secretary of the Air Force.

Dr. Heather Wilson is the president of the South Dakota School of Mines, she has served there since 2013. Wilson represented New Mexico in the US House for 11 years, and graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1982. She served under President George H. W. Bush on the National Security Council and as an Air Force officer in Europe.

Programming Competition Comes To South Dakota

Aug 2, 2016
International Collegiate Programming Contest

This year two South Dakota college teams travelled halfway around the world for an international computer programming competition. However next year’s competition is a little closer to home.

Morocco . . . Japan . . . China . . . Sweden . . . Thailand . . . and South Dakota?

Dead End For Deep Hole In Spink County

Jun 22, 2016

Organizers of a project to test rocks deep underground in Spink County say they won’t pursue the plan any further. Researchers wanted to find out if it’s possible to drill a hole deep and straight enough to store nuclear waste inside. Proponents say nuclear waste isn’t involved in the project. Opponents worry about what will happen after the hole is dug.

Spink County

Spink County Commissioners say there’s not enough local support for the proposed deep borehole field test to go forward.

Researchers want to find out if it’s possible to drill a hole deep and straight enough to store nuclear waste inside. They proposed a more than three mile deep test hole in Spink County.   Proponents say nuclear waste isn’t involved in the project. But opponents worry what will happen after the hole is dug. 

Officials with the U.S. Department of Energy want to know if some types of nuclear waste can be stored deep underground. First they have to find out if it’s possible to drill the right kind of hole. Researchers want conduct the experiment in Spink County.  But not everyone is happy with the idea.


Officials with the U.S. Department of Energy want to conduct a science experiment in Spink County. Researchers want to find out if some types of nuclear waste can be stored deep in the earth. But first they need to figure out how to drill the holes. Not everyone is happy with the idea.

Palestinian Artist Displays Work At SDSM&T

Apr 8, 2016
Chynna Lockett

A Palestinian artist and graphic novelist’s work is on display at The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology this month. The exhibition explores life in a Palestinian refugee camp.

Leila Abdelrazaq is a Palestinian comic artist and author of the book Baddawi. 

Abdelrazaq uses the personal stories in her book to help readers understand the impact politics have on people at an individual level. She says it’s important for Palestinians to write their own histories and tell their own narratives on the political situation.

A federal law now requires schools to offer programs to help raise awareness, lower risk, and help prevent campus sexual assault. Jason Reuter, operations manager of the Black Hills Playhouse, sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss how actors can address thorny social issues. Reuter has partnered with School of Mines & Tech, playwright Matt Stoffel, and other community and theater members to initiate a conversation about violence against women through drama.

Dakota Digest for November 20, 2015

Nov 21, 2015

On this week's edition of Dakota Digest, Jewel Cave surpasses 180 miles long, lawmakers discuss education, and a former middle school teacher gets 25 years in prison for child pornography.

WiSE Center Opens On SDSMT Campus

Nov 19, 2015
Chynna Lockett

There is currently a national movement to involve more women in the science and engineering fields. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is encouraging its female students to connect with one another through the Women and Science and Engineering, or WiSE program. The school held an open house for the new WiSE Center.

The new WiSE, Women in Science and Engineering, Center is tucked into a building on the School of Mines and Technology, or SDSMT, campus. The walls are covered with images of women through history and science themed murals painted by the school’s art club.

Chynna Lockett

  Landscape photographers have been trying to capture beauty in nature since the camera was invented. One local photographer spent the last year traveling and documenting the outdoors.