2015 Central Region IDeA Conference 
       March 3, 2015

VERMILLION, S.D. (SD BRIN) — The North Dakota IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (ND INBRE) is sponsoring the 2015 Central Region IDeA Conference that will be held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota on June 1-3, 2015.  The conference will open on Monday, June 1, with an evening reception and IDeA Regional Core Facility Marketplace.  On Tuesday, June 2, the central theme of the IDeA Central Region Conference will be promoting diversity through IDeA programs.  The final half-day of the conference will explore the role of the IDeA program in promoting economic development.

The deadline for Early Bird Registration is May 25, 2015.

Registration, draft agenda, hotel, and program information can be found at the following link:


                   SD BRIN Faculty Fellowship Program
August 2013

Vermillion, S.D. (SD BRIN) - South Dakota BRIN has established the Faculty Fellowship Program (FFP) to support the career development of junior faculty throughout the network, and to encourage the development of network-wide collaborative, interdisciplinary biomedical research.

The SD BRIN Faculty Fellowship Program (FFP) will fund the research projects of 5-7 SD BRIN junior faculty that address SD BRIN's overall scientific emphasis on proteomics, genomics, and that fall under one of the three thematic focus areas:
  • Drug discovery/medicinal chemistry/natural products chemistry
  • Physiological (including cellular) and developmental responses to stimuli
  • Environmental health 
For more information about the SD BRIN FFP including eligibility, submission requirements, proposal review and selection click here or contact:      Dr. Barb Goodman

A letter of intent is due by September 30, 2013. 
An application is due by November 1, 2013.

2013 Central  Region IDeA Conference 
April 15, 2013

VERMILLION, S.D. (SD BRIN) - The Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) and the Kansas Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBREs) are sponsoring the 2013 Central Region IDeA Conference that will be held in Kansas City, Missouri at the InterContinental Hotel on the Plaza from May 20-22, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 will feature three speakers from South Dakota BRIN; Vicki Geiser, Ph.D., John Dixson, Ph.D., and Kristi Egland, Ph.D. 

Early registration to attend this meeting is April 20, 2013.

More information regarding registration and program information are available at the meeting website:

2013 South Dakota BRIN's Undergraduate Research Fellows  Program
January 28, 2013

VERMILLION, S.D. (SD BRIN) - Applications for the 2013 South Dakota BRIN Undergraduate Research Fellows Program are due on February 15, 2013.

To apply for the Undergraduate Research Fellows Program, applicants will need to complete the online application, provide current transcripts, and obtain a letter of recommendation.  Current transcripts and letters of recommendations need to be sent to

The online application can be found by going to the Undergraduate page of the SD BRIN website or by clicking here.


        USD to host South Dakota Academy of Science
       April 10, 2012

VERMILLION, S.D. (SDAS) — The 97th Annual Meeting of the South Dakota Academy of Science will be held at the University of South Dakota's Muenster University Center in Vermillion on April 13-14. In addition to the planned symposia and poster session, this year's agenda includes a keynote address from Science magazine writer Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon. Kean's work has been featured on "Radiolab" and NPR's "All Things Considered," among others.

Read on and obtain a schedule here...

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        BHSU researchers hope sage can help fight malaria
        March 22, 2012

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) —Researchers at Black Hills State University are looking at whether plants used in traditional Native American medicine could be used to help treat malaria.

Chemistry professor John Dixson (pictured) and a group of students are trying to determine the active ingredient in four sages native to western South Dakota that have been found to have anti-malarial properties. The sages are related to a plant used to make artemesinin, a common malaria drug, Dixson said.

In recent years, officials have spotted an increasing number of malaria cases resistant to artemesinin in parts of Asia, but although scientists worldwide are testing new malaria drugs, there are as yet no realistic alternatives to artemesinin combination drugs, considered the most effective. 

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         SDAS to hold 97th meeting at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. (SDAS) —The 97th annual meeting of the South Dakota Academy of Science is set for April 13-14 at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

The meeting begins with a symposium focusing on “Science and a Sustainable Future” on Friday, April 13, at 8:00 a.m. A second symposium on Saturday, April 14, at 9:00 a.m. focuses on “Science Education and a Sustainable Future.”

Two keynote lectures are scheduled. Jeff Rud of the South Dakota Wind Energy Association will speak first on April 13, at 1:30 p.m., then at 7:30 p.m., the second keynote talk comes from Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon, and is open to the public.

Papers and posters from South Dakota scientists and students in all areas of science and mathematics are welcome. Presenters/authors must be a member of the South Dakota Academy of Science and must submit their abstracts by March 23, 2012.

For additional information, including membership, please visit the South Dakota Academy of Science Website.

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        UGF fellow selected for Posters on the Hill
        Febuary 21, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Council on Undergraduate Research) — Leah Miiller (pictured with Dr. Mick Watt) of Dakota Wesleyan University has been selected to present her research on Capitol Hill on April 24. Miiller and 73 other undergraduate students were chosen from 850 applicants to travel to Washington and meet with their Congressional representatives, as well as present their research at a formal poster session. Other activities include a reception and awards ceremony. Miiller is the first UGF Program participant to be selected for this honor since Yun (Winnie) Zhou of USD in 2009.Read More...

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        Augustana College announces spring seminar series
        February 2, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Augustana College) – The Augustana Biology Department announced its spring seminar series today. All seminars are free and open to the public. All seminars will be held in room 101of the Gilbert Science Hall on the Augustana campus at 3 p.m., except for the April 21 seminar (TBD).

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (SD BRIN) – SD BRIN Undergraduate Fellows Research Program (UGF) mentors Drs. Jason Petersen of Avera Research Institute and Steven Matzner of Augustana College talk about mentoring in the UGF program.

Watch their YouTube video here.

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         Kayla Vastenhout talks about her UGF experience
       January 26, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (SD BRIN) – Two-time UGF fellow Kayla Vestenhout of Augustana College talks about her fellowship experience while at the 2012 SD BRIN Mentors Poster Session.

Watch her YouTube video here.

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         Augustana College hosts mentors and students
       January 26, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (SD BRIN) – SD BRIN resumed the Undergraduate Fellows Program (UGF) Mentors Poster Session at Augustana College Thursday night with 21 mentors and 45 students from four PUIs and two research institutes attending. The event was created with the thought of giving UGF program applicants the opportunity to meet and talk with the program's mentors about their research. It also gives the mentors the opportunity to meet each other and possibly foster research collaboration...Read More...

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        SD BRIN supports USD Libraries (and vice versa)
        January 19, 2012

VERMILLION, S.D. (SD BRIN) – Ask Barbara Harvey what she can do for you and you may be surprised at the breadth of her answer. The USD Health Sciences Information Services Librarian ...Read More...

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        BHSU reactivates AISES chapter
       January 18, 2012

SPEARFISH, S.D. (BHSU) – After four years of dormancy, Black Hills State University has reactivated their chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)...Read More...

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        BHSU students posters at S.D. Biotech Summit

       January 13, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (BHSU) – Black Hills State University students Mallory Ageton, Jesse Caron and Chris White presented posters at the Sixth Annual South Dakota Biotech Summit on September 21 in Sioux Falls. The three were UGF fellows at BHSU this past summer. Read More...

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        Augie, USF students attend Autumn Immunology Conference
        January 12, 2012

CHICAGO (Augustant College) – The SD BRIN Undergraduate Research Fellows (UGF) Program has made inroads towards having students leave their home institutions to conduct research under mentors at other PUIs, as evidenced in the poster presented in November by students from Augustana College and the University of Sioux Falls.

Jacqueline Miles of Augustana and Emily Johnson of USF worked for Dr. Jennifer Gubbels of Augustana this past summer as UGF fellows, and their poster, entitled “Characterization of immunomodulatory effects between SUSD2 and Galectin-1 in epithelial ovarian cancer,” was accepted at the Autumn Immunology Conference in Chicago November 18-21...Read More...

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        DOE awards MMC partnership
        January 4, 2012

YANKTON, S.D. (Mount Marty College) – Mount Marty College’s biology department has been chosen as one of just 16 undergraduate institutions internationally to participate in the 2012 The Undergraduate Research Program in Microbial Genome Annotation. The program is sponsored by the United States Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI). The “Interpret a Genome” Program provides students in colleges and universities with access to recently sequenced microbial genomes selected as part of the DOE JGI’s Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea (GEBA) project. The students analyze and annotate the genomes in the context of their own classwork, gaining hands-on knowledge.Read More...

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        Augustana Students Stand Out at ACS
        December 7, 2011

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Augustana College) – In October, faculty members from the Augustana College Chemistry Department traveled with 20 students to the Midwest/Great Lakes Joint Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Each student that attended presented a poster based on their work...Read More...

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        UGF Convocation a Success; Combined with Research Retreat
        August 5, 2011

VERMILLION, S.D. (SD BRIN) – The 2011 edition of the SD BRIN Undergraduate Fellows (UGF) Program officially ended last Friday with a convocation at the Lee Medical & Science Building at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Fifty-three UGF fellows were joined by 11 U.Discover students from USD and students from the Sanford Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) program. Read More...

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