BROOKINGS, SD – Dr. Jim Rice, the Executive Director of the South Dakota Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (SD EPSCoR) Program will retire after 16 years of service to the state and 28 years as a Professor of Chemistry at South Dakota State University. He served as Head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 1999 until 2015. Under Dr. Rice’s leadership both SD EPSCoR and the Department saw significant growth. SD EPSCoR evolved from an institution-based program to one that now involves every public, private and tribal college and university in South Dakota. Rice has helped the organization…

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,”…

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