The South Dakota Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (SD EPSCoR) has lauched a free database of curriculum enhancement resources for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teachers serving middle and high school students. The education portal, located at sdepscor.org/edportal, offers curriculum modules based on current scientific research occurring in South Dakota’s higher education institutions and are aligned with the new South Dakota Science Standards. “We know how busy teachers are”, said Dr. Rhea Waldman, Education Outreach Specialist with SD EPSCoR. “Our education portal will help teachers get students excited about STEM and transition them to the new South Dakota Science…

The Pythagorean theorem is an important math concept that is applied everywhere in math and technology. The idea is simple in that a2 + b2 = c2 for a right angle triangle that has two sides, a and b, and a hypotenuse of c. There are many proofs proving this is true using squares, trapezoids, and other triangles that can be found here. But with all these math ideas and concepts, how are kids really grasping the idea that two sides of a triangle squared added together always equal the longer side squared? For the children that have more visual needs for…

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…

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