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South Dakota BioSNTR researchers investigate how antibody therapeutics work Written by Christie Delfanian, SDSU Marketing & Communications Brookings, S.D. — Researchers from South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota are investigating how antibodies protect the body from influenza through the state’s BioSystems Networks and Translational Research (BioSNTR) center. What they learn will help Sioux Falls-based SAb Biotherapeutics (SAB) improve its influenza therapeutic and result in technologies that other biotechnology companies can use to evaluate product effectiveness. SAB’s immunotherapy platform was recognized by the World Health Organization as one of the top platforms for rapidly responding to infectious…

Article by: Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan Andes Central science teacher Kristen Maynard will no longer need to cover science fair expenses with her own money. Meanwhile, Avon science teacher Paul Kuhlman can buy additional equipment without going to his school board or seeking donations. And Elk Point-Jefferson science teachers Karlene Stabe and Melanie Norris can purchase items allowing students to perform experiments not now possible. The three school districts can upgrade their science departments after winning more than a combined $12,000 through the SD EPSCoR and Fisher Science High School Lab Make-Over Awards. Andes Central and Elk Point-Jefferson each received…

In an effort to encourage more students to consider STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) career paths, SD EPSCoR sponsors a web-based project to provide free curriculum enhancement resources, content and support for teachers based on scientific research occurring in South Dakota’s higher education institutions. By providing these resources, SD EPSCoR’s goal is to enrich classroom learning experiences, increase “hands-on” research and research-like opportunities to spark interest in K-12 students to pursue STEM careers. SD EPSCoR and SD Discovery Center have teamed up to develop curriculum modules with local scientists based on their research expertise. Content will be housed in a new…

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…

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