Walking Forward Program In South Dakota

Apr 4, 2014

Dr. Daniel Petereit, Department of Radiation Oncology at Rapid City Regional Hospital's Cancer Care Institute, and Principal Investigator of Walking Forward, and Dr. C. Norman Coleman,  Associate Director and Radiation Research Program Senior Investigator for the National Cancer Institute, based in Bethesda, Maryland, joined Innovation host Cara Hetland to discuss the Walking Forward program in South Dakota as well as the efforts to take lessons learned world-wide.

Research Examines Wrongful Convictions

Apr 4, 2014

No one wants to be accused of a crime they didn’t commit, let alone face jail or prison time for it. But it happens. One researcher is attempting to identify causes of wrongful convictions, and solutions to keep it from happening.

Dr. Gareth Davies, Scientific Director, Avera Institute for Human Genetics and Dr. Erik Ehli, Research Scientist, Avera Institute for Human Genetics, joined Innovation to discuss the latest research papers being published on their work with the Netherlands twin genetic study.

USD Seeks $1M Appropriation for Research Park Expansion

Mar 5, 2014

The University of South Dakota’s research park in Sioux Falls has the potential to expand, if state lawmakers OK the funding. House Bill 1175 seeks the state government’s approval for $1 million to further develop the park, after the university’s request through the Board of Regents was denied. Proponents say it promotes economic development, as private companies partner with USD’s biomedical program.

Board of Regents Executive Director Jack Warner doesn’t testify for or against the bill, but answers committee questions about the importance of the research facility.

Cliff Swallow Research

Feb 7, 2014

Dr. Charles Brown, Professor of Biology at the University of Tulsa, is researching on the behavioral and disease of ecology of birds. His long-term project (27 years) is among the longest running, continuous field studies on birds in North America. His focus on cliff swallows identifies the causes of group living and to understand why breeding colonies vary in size. Dr. Brown talked about what he's discovered so far.

Macintosh 30 Years Later And Research On Facebook

Jan 24, 2014

The Computer Guys - Jeff Litterick, Amos Aesoph, Joel Broveleit and John T. Meyer - along with guest host Kealey Bultena, discuss the latest news in technology. Topics included the 30 year anniversary of the Macintosh computer, a new app called Jelly and researchers saying that Facebook could be dead by the year 2017.

Grants To Expand Research At SD Universities

Jan 17, 2014

The South Dakota Board of Regents recently announced a series of innovation grants to expand research at several universities in South Dakota. Paul Turman, Vice President for Research & Economic Development with the SD Board of Regents, talked about the new grants. For more details on the grants, click here:

Pine Beetles And Tourism In The Black Hills

Dec 11, 2013

For nearly two decades, the mountain pine beetle has spread across hundreds of thousands of acres of the Black Hills National Forest leaving behind millions of dead pine trees. While much has been studied on the ecological impact of the pine beetles, little has been done on the effects the infestation has had on the tourism business – one of the South Dakota’s main industries. Dr.

Infrastructure Research And Innovation In SD

Dec 6, 2013

A lot has happened in the last 8 to 10 years to make it easier to start a business from an idea. Cara Hetland took a look at the infrastructure surrounding research and innovation in South Dakota with Rich Naser, Executive Director of the South Dakota Technology Business, Mark Luecke, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of South Dakota Innovation Partners, and Paul Turman, System Vice President for Research and Economic Development with the South Dakota Board of Regents.

NIH Conference Guests

Oct 29, 2013

South Dakota State University Professor Alan Young of MedGene Labs and Michelle Fennessy of the Ohio State University School of Nursing joined Dakota Midday from the 15th Annual National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technical Transfer Conference in Sioux Falls.  Fennessy also owns two companies; Fennessy Associates Consulting and Medical Registry Reporting Solutions.

Medgene Receives Grant For Breast Cancer Research

Oct 11, 2013

Medgene has received a grant for breast cancer research and improving treatment for survivors of breast cancer. Survivors are often at risk for infection because many suffer from lymphedema, a condition in which fluid is retained because of damage to the lymphatic system. Sioux Falls is hosting the National NIH SBIR conference and this is the first NIH SBIR Phase 1 grant received in the state in three years. Sue Lancaster, Operations Director for Innovation Partners and manager of Medgene Labs and Tranzderm Solutions, discussed the grant and the research that it's being used for.

2013 Mines Medal Winner

Oct 3, 2013

Dr. Anna Balazs from the University of Pittsburgh is the 2013 Mines Medal winner. This year marks the 5th annual medal given by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She's giving a talk on her research as part of an awards ceremony Thursday evening (10/3) at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Dr. Balazs and a team of researchers have made significant contributions to the area of self-healing materials. She collaborates with researchers working in Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

South Dakota Spider Survey Reveals New Findings

Aug 13, 2013

Dr. L. Brian Patrick, Assistant Professor of Biology and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, talks about the South Dakota Spider Survey (SDSS). Dr. Patrick recently attended the American Arachnological Society annual meeting in Johnson City, Tennessee, giving a presentation, "South Dakota Spider Survey: Preliminary Findings of Field Samplings and Literature Review," co-authored by Kevin Pfeiffer, a Sioux Falls native who lives in Berlin, Germany.

A study addressing how location and sex can affect mouse models in scientific research authored by Pearce appears in July's issue of Scientific Reports. "Location and sex-specific differences in weight and motor coordination in two commonly used mouse strains" focuses on the migration of Pearce's mouse colony from the University of Rochester (NY) to Sioux Falls after his move to Sanford Research in 2009. Dr.

Spider Traps And Research

Jul 25, 2013

Brian Patrick is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Dakota Wesleyan University. He's recently completed a study on spider traps and he explains why that matters in spider research.

Dakota Bioprocessing Consortium

Jul 25, 2013

The National Science Foundation has approved a 6 million dollar grant for a new research program for North and South Dakota. The Dakota Bioprocessing Consortium- or DakotaBioCon- will focus its research on finding a renewable source of raw materials to replace chemicals made from petroleum.  

South Dakota State University- the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology- and the University of North Dakota are joining forces to tackle a research problem that has a national impact… renewable energy.

Dr. Gene Hoyme

Jul 3, 2013

Dr. Gene Hoyme, president of Sanford Research, talks about funding for medical research.

A new South Dakota Research & Innovation Center was recently created to link university-based research and National Science Foundation research priorities. In addition, two new Governor Research Centers, also supported by state funding, will launch this year on the campus of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Lost Lady Bug Project

Jun 7, 2013

USDA Research Entomologist Louis Hesler of the North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory talked about the Lost Lady Bug Project.  The lab is based in Brookings.

Dr. Thomas Seyfried To Speak In Rapid City

May 17, 2013

Thomas Seyfried is Professor of Biology at Boston College. He is presently on the editorial boards of Nutrition and Metabolism, Neurochemical Research, the Journal of Lipid Research, and ASNNeuro. His research involves gene-environmental interactions in neurological and neurodegenerative diseases including epilepsy, autism, gangliosidoses, and brain cancer.

Improving Math And Science Instruction

May 17, 2013

Paul Turman, Vice President for Research & Economic Development, South Dakota Board of Regents, joins the program. Dr. Turman discusses a new partnership that links universities and K-12 schools to improve math and science education. They received $300,000 in federal grants.

Biomaterials Day

May 3, 2013

University of South Dakota student AnneMarie Gallo discussed Biomaterials Day (May 8).  The USD Chapter of the Society for Biomaterials was awarded a $5,000 grant from the national Society for Biomaterials to host the event.  The day-long conference includes speakers from academia, research and industry.

"Surfaces: A History"

Apr 25, 2013

Joseph Amato, Emeritus Professor of History at Southwest Minnesota State University, discussed his new book, "Surfaces: A History."  In his book, Amato traces the human relationship with surfaces from the deep history of human evolution, which unfolded across millennia, up to the contemporary world.

Fulbright Award Winner To Teach In Botswana

Apr 16, 2013

Mejai Bola Mike Avoseh, Ph.D., associate professor of education at the University of South Dakota, has won a Fulbright Award to conduct research and lecture in Botswana.  Avoseh will begin his journey to Botswana, in southern Africa, in July.

LUX Dark Matter Experiment

Apr 5, 2013

Dr. Richard Gaitskell talks about the LUX Dark Matter Experiment. He's the lead researcher on the LUX Dark Matter Experiment in the Homestake Mine.

BHSU Research Trip

Mar 19, 2013

Dr. Emilia Boeschen, assistant professor of psychology at Black Hills State University, recently led a research team of 10 students to South Korea where they attended the Special Olympics World Games.  The trip was an extension of research started by Boeschen during her doctoral work at the University of North Dakota where she was studying performance anxiety in athletes with intellectual disabilities.  BHSU psychology major Lauren Lund said the team is now analyzing all their data compiled at the World Games where over 110 countries were represented.

Indian Health Issues

Mar 19, 2013

Dr. Jeff Henderson discussed health issues in Indian Country.  In 1998, Henderson founded the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health, a community-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the wellness of American Indians through research, service, education and philanthropy.  The Center has met with considerable success, garnering over $26 million through 19 peer-reviewed health research grants and contracts.

Research Based Weight Loss Program

Mar 15, 2013

Kim McCoy, director of Profile, joins Innovation to discuss a new weight loss program. Profile is a research based weight loss program that uses technology and coaches to design a life style changing plan for weight loss.

New State Librarian

Mar 7, 2013

Daria Bossman is South Dakota's new State Librarian.  She talked about her role, the function of the State Library and how libraries have changed to keep up with technology.

Dinosaur Discovery

Mar 6, 2013

Dr. Clint Boyd of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and his team have discovered a new species of herbivorous dinosaur.  Last week, they published the first fossil evidence of prehistoric crocodyliforms feeding on small dinosaurs.  The evidence was found in what is now known as the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in southern Utah and dates back to the late Cretaceous period.  Boyd talked about the find and research on Wednesday's Dakota Midday.