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Brookings, SD – Data collected by Electronic Modeling Specialist International (EMSI) for a 2016 survey of South Dakota’s science and technology industries found that 28 percent of South Dakota’s job growth in the past five years has come from five key industry sectors: value-added agriculture/agribusiness, energy and environment, materials and advanced manufacturing, human health and nutrition and information technology/cyber security/information assurance. “As of 2016, just under 22 percent of South Dakota’s total employment is within the science and technology-related industries, accounting for more than 123,000 jobs and that number is continuing to grow. Research investments foster economic growth and helps…

YOUTH SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS AWARENESS MONTH An executive proclamation has been issued by Governor Dennis Daugaard to recognize March 2017 as “YOUTH SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS AWARENESS MONTH”. South Dakota science fairs, women in STEM programs, robotics competitions and experiential, hands-on STEM learning programs for youth will take place across South Dakota this month to encourage South Dakotan students to pursue careers in a STEM field. SD EPSCoR is focused on building the human infrastructure that is necessary to drive South Dakota’s STEM-based economic development and prepare the workforce to staff it. Encouraging hands-on STEM activities…

South Dakota Public Broadcasting Radio – Innovation Jan. 13, 2017 – Interview by Cara Hetland Innovation: Dr. James Rice Dr. James Rice joined Innovation to discuss how South Dakota’s research infrastructure allows for federal funding. He also talked about the state Science and Technology plan. Dr. Rice is the Executive Director of EPSCoR. Innovation: Mel Ustad Mel Ustad joined Innovation to discuss the programs in place to help science and technology companies grow in South Dakota. Ustad is the Director of Commercialization at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Brookings, SD – Research institutions across South Dakota have become the birthplace of new innovations, technologies and start-up businesses thanks to a statewide collaboration in research investments. A report recently commissioned by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) links university research with economic growth in areas surrounding university towns. The study conducted by the Brookings Institution for the WSJ, found that strong economic resiliency correlated with the presence of a major research institution, in particular, land-grant institutions where the focus is on applied research, agriculture and engineering. In the Wall Street Journal’s article There’s an Antidote to America’s Long Economic…

BOOKINGS, SD — Tomorrow’s scientists, researchers, engineers and mathematicians are getting their start with hands-on, inquiry-based problem solving thanks to school science fair research projects. “Right now, South Dakota is facing a real shortage of people who are trained in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines,” according to Dr. Jim Rice, SD EPSCoR Director. “We are trying to use South Dakota’s science fair programs as a platform for strengthening the ability of K-12 STEM educational programs to guide students onto a career path that will be an important part of South Dakota’s future STEM workforce.” Rice is the director…

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