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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…

SMART ROBOT HAS SDSU TIES Printed in The Brookings Register October 25, 2016 – Designing a robot that can learn from its environment and thereby explore a new planet – that’s what a South Dakota State University assistant professor wants to do. Zhen Ni of the electrical engineering and computer science department is working with colleagues at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology on a grant titled ”Development of Intelligent Control System for Autonomous Robot Navigation for NASA Space Applications.” Through a Research Initialization Grant from the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program, Ni presented a design…

October 21, 2016 BOOKINGS, S.D. — South Dakota’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (SD EPSCoR) recently completed the first series of its 2016-2017 Educator Academy programs that provide professional development activities to encourage and support science fair participation among K-12 students. This fall’s SD EPSCoR Educator Academy series took place at six campuses across South Dakota throughout September and October engaging 45 middle and high school science teachers representing 33 school districts. The workshops were the first segment of the annual academy that focuses on providing teachers the knowledge, skills and tools to assist students in the development of…

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