New South Dakota COVID & Politics Survey

Oct 21, 2020

In The Moment … October 21, 2020 Show 925 Hour 1

Dr. Jason Knutsen Bring Us A COVID-19 Update

Jun 29, 2020

In The Moment … June 29, 2020 Show 848 Hour 1

South Dakota has recorded our first case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in a child. Research scientists are learning more about the tentacles of Sars-CoV-2, and cities across the nation are grappling with opening up, surges in cases, and locking back down.  It's time for our weekly check-in on what we know about COVID-19 here in South Dakota. Joining us this week is Dr. Jason Knutson, a Family Medicine Physician with Avera. Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City 

Dr. Kevin Post: COVID-19 Update

May 8, 2020

In The Moment … May 8, 2020 Show 813 Hour 2

As Americans reach for a sense of normalcy during the pandemic, scientists and medical professionals search for the kind of insight and solutions that could create breakthroughs large and small in the fight against the novel coronavirus.  Kevin Post is chief medical officer with the Avera Medical Group. He joins us with an update on research and clinical trials. 

Dr. Shankaar Kurra With A COVID-19 update

May 4, 2020

In The Moment … May 4, 2020 Show 809 Hour 2

In March the coronavirus pandemic began and as each minute passes by, our health professionals are learning more and more. For the past several weeks we have invited medical professionals to the show to tell us what we know now that we didn’t know let’s say last week. Dr. Shankar Kurra is vice president of Medical Affairs at Monument Health, he joins us with an update.

Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City




In The Moment ... October 29, 2019 Show 689 Hour 2

What is the future of ethanol and what does it mean for South Dakota's economy? What are the pros and cons of ethanol versus electric power?

We continue our Future of Farming conversation as we look at these questions with Vance Owens, head of the Sun Grant Center at South Dakota State University, and Bill Gibbons, interim head of the Agricultural Experiment Station and Associate Dean for Research for the College of Ag at SDSU.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... October 21, 2019 Show 683 Hour 2

If too much CO2 is bad for our planetary ecosystem why don't we just remove a bunch of it from the atmosphere? Two researches from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology join In The Moment to talk about just that.

Dan Soeder is the Director of Energy Resources Initiative at SDSM&T. Heidi Sieverding is an Environmental Engineering Research Scientist.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... September 3, 2019 Show 650 Hour 1

Leslie Morrow, Executive Director of the South Dakota Alzheimer's Association, recently attended a conference where new research was shared on lowering a person's risk of Alzheimer's Disease.

Morrow joins In The Moment to discuss the research.

The Avera Research Institute Center for Pediatric and Community Research is a recipient of the largest health research grant in state history. The National Institutes of Health is awarding just over $17 million to the center’s ECHO Program. 

ECHO stands for Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes. The program is part of a national effort to examine how early childhood experiences affect a child’s development of conditions like ADHD, autism, asthma and more.

In The Moment ... April 23, 2018 Show 321 Hour 2

The theme for the 4th annual Cheyenne River Research Symposium is Data Sovereignty. The conference focuses on developing strong partnerships for tribal groups, the benefit to tribes for data and research, and more.

Joseph Yracheta, senior scientist at Missouri Breaks Industries Research Institute, Marie Gross, public health nurse and Research Coordinator at Missouri Breaks, and Justine Kougl, manager of the Keya Website join with details.

The University of Minnesota

In The Moment ... April 10, 2018 Show 312 Hour 2

Can scientists speed up the research on autism and advance our understanding? Can South Dakotans join in the effort?

Dr. Suma Jacob is director of the Autism Research Program at the University of Minnesota. She returns to In The Moment after visiting South Dakota last August.

Sioux Falls researchers are employing light to open blood vessels. The US Food and Drug Administration is green-lighting a trial that could help patients who suffer from peripheral vascular disease. Doctors say more than 8 million people live with the condition.

Research leaders say the FDA okays a study that uses NVS to treat PVD. Acronyms aside, leaders have the go-ahead for a clinical trial. It may determine whether a new combination of a medical device and a drug can help people with leg problems related to their blood vessels.

Each person has different biological traits based on family lineage, and scientists are finding certain cultures and ethnic groups have unique biological traits. That information can change genetic research that aims to improves lives.

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In The Moment ... May 4, 2017 Show 086 Hour 2

First responders and medical professionals are assessing their performance during a mock helicopter crash. They held the drill Tuesday morning. Crews began by pretending they had Avera helicopter on the Sanford landing pad...and people were hurt. SDPB's Kealey Bultena shows you how it unfolded.

In The Moment ... March 1, 2017 Show 040 Hour 1

We begin our program with SDPB’s political reporter Lee Strubinger. Today he explains Senate Bill 54 as it makes its way through the state legislature. It’s a measure intended to rework the state’s campaign finance requirements.

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Researchers at Sanford Health want to know whether stems cells from abdominal fat can help with shoulder injuries. An FDA-approved trial is in the works with 18 patients between Sioux Falls and Fargo, North Dakota. Meet the first patient enrolled in the study, find out how it works, and hear an in-depth conversation with Sanford's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allison Suttle about what the clinical results may reveal.

"I really don’t know what I did," Mike Duncan says.

Dakota State University professors Michael Gaylor and Patrick Videau talk about the chemistry and biology research that comes from a jar of preserves - a jar of pumpkin preserves that was sealed in 1920! Students Hope Juntunen and Vaille Swenson also join Innovation as they share what they hope to find - and what NOT to find.

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Universities Seek Funding For New Research Buildings

Oct 5, 2016
Charles Michael Ray

Universities across South Dakota are proposing building projects to enhance research and development capabilities.    The South Dakota Board of Regents is submitting funding proposals to the governor's office for the projects.  The outcome of the process could lead to new facilities at various university campuses and even a major new building in Rapid City.

Dakota Midday: Lorna Irungu-Macharia And Women In Politics

May 25, 2016
Photo courtesy Eisenhower International Fellows

The Eisenhower Fellowships, founded in 1953, aim to spread a notion of peace and prosperity championed by President Dwight Eisenhower.  The program identifies emerging global leaders and empowers them to network globally and then make a difference in their own communities. 

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Avera is launching the first South Dakota-based study to track twins. The health organization’s Institute for Human Genetics has partnered with the world’s leading twin registry out of the Netherlands for seven years. Now the Avera Twin Register will collect and analyze DNA from twins.

Doctor Dave Kapaska is the regional president and CEO of Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls. He highlights how people are fascinated by multiples as he introduces two Avera physicians who are twins and mixes them up in the process.

Study Forecasts Consequences Of Changing Landscape

Apr 5, 2016
Kealey Bultena

SDSU researchers predict that over the next two decades, the amount of land used for growing crops in the northern Great Plains will increase. They say that means the amount of grassland will decrease, creating some potential risks.

SD Scientists Welcome Renewable Research Boost

Dec 7, 2015

World leaders are meeting in Paris to hash out a new agreement on the best way to deal with climate change.   As part of the effort President Barak Obama announced a doubling in funding for renewable energy research.   
This could have a direct impact on on-going research into new biofuels in South Dakota.
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Professor Jim Stone is part of a team of scientists researching the potential for oil seeds as a renewable fuel crop.

Rapid City’s Past Housed In New Historical Collections Room

Dec 1, 2015

From the lives of the Lakota who called the Black Hills home for generations, to the founding of Hay Camp, to the Black Hills Flood, the history of Rapid City is rich and deep--and now history buffs can find it all in one place.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Avera’s work to personalize cancer treatment could help people around the world. Leaders for the health system made the announcement Tuesday that the genomic oncology team is joining with the Worldwide Innovative Networking Consortium to participate in research and clinical trials. Now internationally renowned cancer expert Doctor Brian Leyland-Jones and Avera’s Center for Precision Oncology Director Casey Williams talk about the potential that exists in the new partnership.

Dakota Midday: Dakotadon Like Rhino Sized Horse With A Beak

Oct 15, 2015
Darrin Pagnac / SDSM&T

New research on a fossil discovered 40 years ago is adding to the understanding of a species of dinosaur that once roamed South Dakota.
The Dakotadon lakotaensis is a plant eating dinosaur that can be found in a layer of rock called the Lakota Formation.     If you live on the hogback ridge that circles the Black Hills, it’s likely you had them in your own yard between 110 and 130 million years ago. 

Direct-Write Printable Spacecraft

Aug 6, 2015

NASA has awarded the $750,000 EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) grant to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology to develop "direct-write printable spacecraft," which are thin, lightweight sheets that can land on planets, gather information and send the information back to the ship that released them.  The printable spacecraft can go into areas that humans cannot access - like inside a volcanic crater.  Dr.

New USDA Biofuel Program Expected To Fund More Research

Jul 27, 2015
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The United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA, recently started accepting applications for its new funding program. The program supports the production of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased product manufacturing. It could affect researchers in rural areas, such as South Dakota, where some of this research is done.

Cyanide Detection

Jan 23, 2015

Cyanide poisoning can kill within 30-minutes.  Having a quick, easy means of detecting exposure can save lives.  Brain Logue, associate professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at South Dakota State University, and his team have developed a sensor that will detect cyanide poisoning in less than a minute through a National Institutes of Health/Department of Defense grant.  The current clinical standard is a 24-hour lab-based test.  The new technology would be used by emergency rooms and first responders.  A post-doctoral student on the project, Randy Jackson explained that multiple prototypes

Report Ties The American Dream To Research Funding

Dec 8, 2014

The United States has long been known as a leader in technology and innovation.   But a new report warns that won’t continue if cuts to federal research funding continue. 

SDSU Research Facilities Promote Learning and Service

Sep 24, 2014

When entering the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory, a large window gives the public a view of what happens in the lab.  Inside, researchers run tests to diagnose animals. They determine if animals have a disease, like influenza or foot and mouth disease.

Russ Daly is a veterinarian with the SDSU Extension service. He says animal owners can send in samples or the animal itself to be diagnosed. Daly says this lab completes approximately 100,000 tests each year.

DWU Professor Co-Edits New Textbook About Sexting

May 29, 2014
Dakota Wesleyan University

Dakota Wesleyan University assistant professor of Criminal Justice Jesse Weins recently co-edited a new textbook called "Sexting and Youth: A Multidisciplinary Examination of Research, Theory, and Law." Weins also penned the first chapter. "Positive steps have been made in the last five years towards better responses for teen sexting," Weins said. "But even now there is not uniformity in how to approach the topic, neither in law nor policy." Weins discussed the potentials dangers of sexting and how parents can talk to their teens about the subject.