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Two University of South Dakota (USD) researchers have been selected to receive Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track 4 awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Jing Liu, an Assistant Professor in USD’s Department of Physics received a $153,309 award for his research entitled: Development of high-purity Ge detector technology with LBNL for dark matter and neutrino physics. Guojian Wang, a Research Assistant Professor in USD’s Department of Physics was awarded $155,558 for his research entitled: The distribution and origin of deep level charge trapping centers in large size high-purity germanium crystals. The RII Track-4 is awarded from the NSF’s Established Program…

The University of South Dakota is leading an international physics research project that has received a $4.35 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The five-year effort by the Partnership International Research and Education program will work to advance germanium materials for developing detectors and other technologies in the study of dark matter and neutrinos. The consortium involves six universities in the United States, two national labs and four international institutes from Canada, China, Germany and Taiwan. “The general properties of neutrinos and the nature of dark matter are currently two of the most important questions in fundamental physics,”…

Sanford Research is a rapidly growing, non-profit research institution formed by Sanford Health and a major center for basic and translational research in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. At Sanford Research: Biomedical research interests focus on the biochemical and cellular mechanisms of human disease, including pediatric cancer diseases and rare diseases. The labs have expertise in a wide array of disciplines including biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, neuroscience and genetics. Facilities are housed in a unique 300,000-square-foot facility in Sioux Falls with over 200 employees and state-of-the-art equipment and resources.To obtain additional information or to inquire about opportunities at Sanford Research,…

The South Dakota NASA EPSCoR office announces the following funding opportunities which are available to faculty at all institutions of higher education in South Dakota. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for these grants. Additional information and application guidelines on each grant type can be accessed by following the appropriate links provided 1. Research Seed Grants (Research Initiation Grants) (deadline Nov. 3, 2017) Research Initiation Grants (RIGs) of up to $23,000 (NASA funds) for single-institution projects or $46,000 (NASA funds) for multiple-institution projects are available to promote projects that align with NASA research and development priorities. A letter of endorsement…

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