Cara Hetland

SDPB Radio Director

Cara Hetland is the Director of Radio and News and Information for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. She has nearly 30 years in public radio as a reporter, producer and manager.  Cara is also host of the Friday In the Moment program Innovation.  She loves a good story and can’t wait to tell South Dakotans about it.  Cara also teaches media courses at the University of Sioux Falls and loves working with interns to develop their own style of storytelling.   Cara lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Daren. She spends her "free" time being mom to two adult daughters and cheering on her youngest daughter in her high school events. Cara likes to exercise, read and is always open for a ride on the tilt-a-whirl.

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Drs. Bennett and High shared a room at a conference, discovered they had more in common than just genetic research. They work together to reverse an inherited form of blindness. 

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Dr. Jim Wilson's Career has been about identifying and defining the scientific and ethical standards for advancing gene therapies through FDS approved clinical trials. He has a passion for learning and teaching.  

The University of South Dakota has established a Center for Genetics and Behavioral Health. The center received a $3.4 million grant from the Governor’s Research Center Program over five years to study genetic and environmental influences that interact with other biological, psychological, and behavioral factors to impact post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). Researchers will take a holistic approach to be able to determine if someone exposed to a traumatic event can develop severe PTSD. 

"If only the brain was less complicated than it is it would be easier to figure it out."

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Brian Kaspar in an innovator in the field of gene replacement technology, taking a cloned intact gene and delivering it to patients who have diseases stemming from a missin gour mutated gene. His focus in on saving children with spinal muscular atrophy.

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The Hillard Brothers have built a unique electric paramotor. The two have visions of starting their own company creating ultra-light aircraft.

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South Dakota inmate Rodney Berget was executed Monday, October 29, 2018, for the murder of prison guard Ronald "RJ" Johnson in April of 2011.  Berget, 56, admitted to his part in the murder and asked a judge in 2016 to withdraw his appeals of his death sentence.  

The execution was originally scheduled to be carried out at 1:30 p.m. CDT, but was delayed for hours while the U.S. Supreme Court weighed a last-minute legal manuver by mitigation specialist, Juliet Yackel, who claimed Berget was "intellectually disabled". Berget was pronounced deat at 7:37 p.m. CDT. 

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In The Moment ... October 26. 2018 Show 449 Hour 2

According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, an estimated 9.5 to 14.2 percent of children from birth to five years old nationwide experience social or emotional difficulties that impair their development. These challenges can be associated with traumatic events.

Staci Born, Assistant Professor at SDSU and licensed play therapist, and Christin Carotta, Assistant Professor of the SDSU Department of Counseling and Human Development, are the recipients of a five-year $2.2 million Substance Abuse Grant.

In The Moment ... October 26. 2018 Show 449 Hour 2

The research of a few Dakota State University undergraduate students garnered them lead authorships on an article recently published in the science journal “Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres.”   

Hope Juntunen, lead Principal Investigator, Lucas Leinen, co-author of the research, and Vaille Swenson, who is directing the follow up study, joined Innovation to discuss the insights of their research.

Also, Dr. Michael Gaylor,  Associate Research Professor of Chemistry at DSU, joined the conversation.

Black Hills Information Security

In The Moment ... October 26. 2018 Show 449 Hour 2

Yesterday marked the debut of the Wild West Hackin’ Festival in Deadwood. This IT Security conference promises to be the most hands-on, activity-driven con you can attend.

John Strand is the owner and security analyst of Black Hills Information Security. John has both consulted and taught hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and penetration testing.

He joined Innovation to preview the event and share his knowledge on cybersecurity.

Community Support For The New Helmsley Center

Sep 28, 2018
Avera

Karl and Joan Adam have a son named Conrad that survived cancer. They discussed the big community support for the new Helmsley Center, emphasizing the importance of having it located in central South Dakota. 

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Dr. Mikel Holland is the President and Chief Medical Officer of Avera's St. Mary. He discussed a general overview of the new Helmsley Center, the history and medical growth in Pierre and his own personal story with cancer treatments. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee is voting on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. A full Senate vote on the nomination is expected as early next week. Watch the proceeding live.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the proceeding live.

President Trump holds a news conference following the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. In a speech Tuesday, Trump defended his "America First" agenda and touted the "tremendous progress" made in negotiations with North Korea. The press conference comes a day before Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, faces questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee after two women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Chris Laughery

Tuesday, September 25 is the South Dakota Technology Showcase where some of the state’s top innovators are on hand to discuss their latest technology successes and take away lessons. My guests to talk about this are Vernon Brown with SDN Communications and Cheryl Riley, the AT&T’s Northern Plains President. Both AT&T and SDN plan this event. 

Biomaterials Day

Sep 14, 2018
Chris Laughery

Tayler Hoekstra is a PhD Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant in the Biomedical Engineering Department and Courtney Kinser is also a graduate student in the program discuss USD Biomaterials Day. This is a chance for students to highlight research. The topic for the September 21 event is Immunology and Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Jennifer Benning, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She is also a leader of the Engineering and Science Projects in Community Service Projects (EPICS). Dr. Benning is the featured speaker at the STEAM Café at the Hay Camp Brewing company on Tuesday, September 18th. The EPICS program provides students an opportunity to partner on community projects and earn course credits. Projects include tackling homelessness by designing tiny houses; building greenhouses or saving historic buildings.

Adria Botella

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology students took home second place in a student bridge contest.

The contest was sponsored by the Society for Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) 2018 Student Bridge Contest.

The Mines students designed a bridge weighing just 12.5 ounces that can carry a 2.000-pound load. Seventu Teams from 30 universities were tasked to design , build and test a 24-inch-long structural composite bridge using fiber reinforced plastics and high-performance materials. 

Providing Cancer-Related Services To Tribal Communities

Aug 24, 2018

Dr. Daniel Petereit, Radiation Oncologist in Rapid City and Principal Investigator on cancer disparity program called Walking Forward. 

American Indians have one of the highest rates of cancer deaths in the United States. Walking Forward provides cancer-related services to tribal communities; including education, screening, diagnosis and clinical trials. A new initiative looks at lung cancer screening for high-risk smokers. 

Advancements Towards A Treatment For Ebola

Aug 24, 2018
Adria Botella

Eddie Sulivan, SAB Biotherapeutics president and CEO, joined Innovation to discuss the recent advancements made by his company.

SAB Biotherapeutics announced its anti-Ebola immunotherapy provided 100% protection against a lethal dose of the Ebola virus in a recent animal study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.

The Ebola virus disease is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. There is currently no licensed treatment proven to neutralize the virus. 

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. We dicsuss nanomedicine and the versatility of materials contributing to this fast and emerging area of research to find novel solutions and cures for diseases. 

Dr. Jon Kellar and Associate Professor Dr. Grant Crawford discuss Anti-Counterfeiting Technology. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and Dakota State University researchers are working with a team of officials and scientists to help combat the online sale of counterfeit goods and art. Researchers purchased items from accredited websites. They then went to part of the internet called the “dark web,” where online traffic can’t be easily tracked, and purchased similar items they suspected to be counterfeit.

Addiction Care

Aug 10, 2018
Adria Botella

Malia Holbeck is Manager of Addiction Recovery Program with Avera Outpatient Behavioral Health Services. She will discuss Addiction Care.

Substance addiction often is a secondary issue to a mental health condition like depression.

Practitioners call it co-occurring disorders. Avera is expanding its services through tele-health and also building a new Addiction Care Center in Sioux Falls.

Chynna Lockett

An international team of scientists have found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos. This team includes researchers at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Associate Professor of Physics Xinhua Bai and PhD grad student Emily Dvorak are working on research using the South Pole detector called IceCube.

Mars In The Night Sky

Jul 27, 2018
NASA, ESA, and STScI

The last weekend in July is the best opportunity to view Mars in 15 years. Saturn is also prominent in the night sky. NASA Planetary Scientist Dr. Geronimo Villanueva discusses how to spot the planets and shares what scientists are learning from images taken by the Hubble telescope. 

Sanford Researach Scientist Kristi Egland evisioned a "better way" to detect breast cancer while she was being treated for her own breast cancer. She developed a blood test that uses a patient's own immune system as a biosensor. The medical technology company Inanovate specializes in screening and analysis of proteins and will begin a clinical trial, collect and store blood samples as it works to validate the accuracy of the test. Rob Nelson, Chief Operating Officer for Inanovate says they will use a patented technology platform called the Bio-ID.

SDPB's Cara Hetland is underground at the 4850 foot level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. This year marks 10 years of Neutrino Day. Connie Walter is the Communications Director for the facility.

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SDPB's Cara Hetland is underground at the 4850 foot level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. This year marks 10 years of Neutrino Day. Mike Headley is SDSTA Executive Director and Laboratory Director.

SDPB's Cara Hetland is underground at the 4850 foot level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. This year marks 10 years of Neutrino Day. Ariel Waldman was an art school student who worked at an ad agency as a digital anthropologist and then got a job consulting for NASA. She is the global director of Space Hack Days. She demonstrates just how easy it is for everyday enthusiasts to contribute to scientific discovery.

SDPB's Cara Hetland is underground at the 4850 foot level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. This year marks 10 years of Neutrino Day. Christopher Mossey is the Deputy Director for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility. He talks about the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment and what it takes to collaborate with scientists from more than 30 countries to get this experiment up and running.

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