In the Moment: Innovation

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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.

Pi And Poetry

Mar 8, 2019

Thursday March 14th is Pi Day. Dan May, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of mathematics at Black Hills State University. That evening at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center beginning at 5 Dan will give you a chance to learn a little Pi history and hear some poetry. He is with us today to tell us more.

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Do you know where the nearest AED is to you? The PulsePoint AED app would tell you that. One never knows when this would be needed and the app is free. Lt. Jim Bussell  is the Public Information Officer with the Rapid City Fire Department. He joins us today to talk about the app and how it has saved lives in Rapid City.

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Kevin Ward, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of geology and geological engineering at South Dakota School of Mines. He's able to see eathquakes from allover the world via email alerts from a small seismograph. He talks today about the seismometer that he recently purchased.

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Biomedical engineering applies creative problem solving to a wide variety of medical issues. It's expected to be one of the fastest growing career fields in South Dakota.

SDPB's Jackie Hendry reports that the University of South Dakota and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology are partnering to offer a new four-year bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering.

In The Magic Feather Effect: The Science of Alternative Medicine and the Surprising Power of Belief, author and journalist Melanie Warner answers questions about the growing popularity of alternative medicine. Is there a biological basis for acupuncture and energy healing? Who are the patients who choose self-healing techniques?

Warner reveals the power of placebo effects and the self-healing that resides in all of us.

Battling The Fakes

Feb 11, 2019

In the word of online marketing there are fake reviews and fake accounts.

Craig Mount is the owner of Classy Brain, a local digital marketing company that helps clients deploy their digital advertising campaigns - and battle the world of fake clients.

Professor Charlie Fenster is in the Department of Biology and Microbiology in the College of Natural Sciences at SDSU. He is studying pollinators in an agricultural context. The more pollinators in a field the better the yield.

Assistant professor Rob Lonsinger of the SDSU Department of Natural Resource Management has developed a noninvasive genetic sampling technique to determine population abundance within a specific area without ever capturing or even seeing a single animal.

New technology at SDSU makes it so a simple breathalyzer test could monitor blood sugar. No pain, and it’s reusable. Professor in Electrical Engineering Qiquan Qiao leads the sensor research team and Doctoral student Tawabur Rahman has been working on the sensor since 2016.

Joshua Reinke is a professor from South Dakota State University's Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. His research focuses on developing a 3D pancreatic cancer model in which the tumor surrounds itself with a fibrous tissue. This dense scar like tissue is why the prognosis is poor for patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It makes it difficult for chemotherapy drugs to penetrate. This model may help researchers develop new therapies.

Adria Botella

Blaine Crissman is with South Dakota Equity Partners and Eddie Sullivan is with SAB Biotherapeutics. SAB Biotherapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing human immunotherapies. SDEP is investing $1 million dollars in SAB. This is the first investment made by the new private equity fund focusing on South Dakota growth-stage companies.

Chris Laughery

Dr. Ranjit Koodali is the Dean of the Graduate School at the University of South Dakota. He joins us regularly to discuss the latest research in chemistry. Today’s topic is Metal-free micromotor could clean wastewater.

Chynna Lockett

The STEAM Cafe  is at the Hay Camp Brewing Company in downtown Rapid City on Tuesday January 15th at 6pm MST. The speaker is Dr. Darrin Pagnac and the topic is Dinosaurs: A Catalyst for Critical Thought. He joins us today from the Black Hills Surgical Hospital studio in downtown Rapid City.

Dr. Scott Wood, Assistant Professor in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering Program at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. His research uses cutting-edge techniques to identify the cellular mechanisms that lead to osteoarthritis. Wood is the featured STEAM Café speaker. The title of his Dec. 18 talk is Investigating the Cellular Mechanisms of Osteoarthritis.

Paulette Davidson is president and CEO of Regional Health. Today, SDPB's Cara Hetland introduces her to the audience.

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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.


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

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. 


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. 

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.