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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Andrew Rogers – in home music lessons designed for children and young adults. Uses a unique teaching style that leaves students eager to learn more and has proven retention. Its mission is to deliver academic understanding of music theory in a fun approach by learning current songs. Currently ready to expand its team.

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Braden Bills – makes solar power as easy to use as a standard wall outlet – off-grid AC solar panels  - energy independence for camping, power sports, emergencies  and disaster relief.

Currently in design and pre-development stages looking for capitol investment

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Ruth and Steve Scherschligt – specializes in selling high performance racing parts to the drag racing market – formed only a month ago – it already is finding a niche as a knowledgeable and specialized dealer in the industry. Sells online www.feedthestripe.com  Owners have been involved in drag racing for more than 20 years and are bringing their wealth of experiences to online retail to better assist their customers in obtaining the right parts to maximize performance at amateur and professional drag venues.

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Conjtac is a newly formed entity but part of Vance Thompson ophthalmology.

Refractive surgery, like LASIK and other areas of vision correction (contact lenses, orthokeratology, myopia control) improve eye health….

Conjtac has patents around this ideology and are working to bring the intellectual property into production through regulatory approval and ultimately to the patients. Goal is to provide innovative solutions that will not only provide great vision but also improve the corneal health of the eye.

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In The Moment ... June 8, 2018 Show 354 Hour 2

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.

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Fifty years ago today, Robert F. Kennedy was shot in a California hotel. He had just won the primary in California and South Dakota. On the 40th Anniversary in 2008, then Dakota Midday host Paul Guggenheimer talks with former Senator George McGovern who was a colleague in the senate about his memories of June 5, 1968. Also Bill Dougherty, the campaign manager for Robert Kennedy's Presidential campaign in South Dakota about his memories. Audio also includes listener memories and other archived audio.

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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.

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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. 

President Trump is meeting with his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, today at the White House. The two leaders are discussing security and economic issues. They’re also holding a press conference featuring two questions from American news outlets and two questions from Nigerian media. Watch the event live.

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.

Paul Higbee is an education, a freelance writer and and author. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the Technology in Education conference in South Dakota. Higbee says innovation in education has evolved.

NASA is scheduled to launch a new Satellite next week.  TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) is an all-sky survey mission to discover thousands of exoplanets. Dr. Padi Boyd, Astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and deputy project scientist for the test mission discusses the project and why we need to discover new planets.

Thad Giedd, Client Specialist, Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship, discusses the Accelerator Program for 2018 and how your small business can grow.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is appearing on Capitol Hill for a second day of hearings about protecting its users' data. The House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing follows hours of questioning by lawmakers in the Senate. Facebook is under scrutiny after revelations that the data-mining and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained the data of tens of millions of Facebook users. The company is accused of using that data to target American voters in the 2016 election.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying on Capitol Hill to answer questions about protecting user data. The hearing held by the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees follows news that the data-mining and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users. The firm is accused of using that information to target Facebook users with political advertising in 2016. The two Senate committees are holding a joint hearing called "Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data."

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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 explore the technology of 4-D printing. Georgia Tech researchers are finding new applications for their work. 4-D printing is the process of creating self-assembling structures that transform over time.

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.

Special interests can donate to other ballot questions.

Legislature wants final say in any major expansions to Medicaid.

Senate Judiciary passes a bill that increases the punishment for drug dealers when a person dies as a direct result of using the substance they sold.

Revenues of more than $18 million than projected in tax receipts. Governor is cautiously optimistic about the numbers. 

A House Committee is passing legislation that removes collective bargaining for the state's public universities.

The House Education Committee is debating free speech for student journalists.

HB1241 imposes a yearly fee for driving electric and hybrid vehicles.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will wait to take action on a bill that stiffens penalties for meth use and distribution. Attorney General Marty Jackley says tougher penalties are needed to get a handle on meth abuse in the state.

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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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Julie Brookbank, MTI vice president for marketing joins Innovation to talk about a national recognition.

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Dr. Gene Hoyme participated in a study with results recently published in JAMA. The study began in 2010 and spanned six years. Researchers interviews first grade students in different communities around the United States to look for children on the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder spectrum. Sioux Falls is the Midwestern community listed in the research.  Dr. Hoyme says the prevalence rate for FASD is as high as 5%. He says FASD is completely preventable and is caused by women drinking while pregnant.

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Kelsey Murray is a PhD candidate and adjunct professor at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She is also the owner of the consulting firm Crossover Biomedicals. Her study found new testing methods to assess the public health risk from fecal contaminated waters by singling out and testing for genes associated with harmful forms of E. coli, including Shiga-toxigenic E. coli (STEC). 

Murray’s research included over 1000 DNA extractions from bacteria in water samples taken out of Rapid Creek and the Big Sioux River over a two-year period. 

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