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$2,500 in prize money to be awarded The twelfth annual Brookings Area Idea Competition is now open and taking entries from inventors, makers, innovators, entrepreneurs and anyone with a good idea, with the chance of winning a total of $2,500 in cash prizes. The 2019 contest, hosted by Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), encourages community…

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SDSU Researcher Targets Drug-Resistant Cancer Cells

A South Dakota State University researcher is finding new ways to destroy cancer cells that develop resistance to multiple chemotherapy drugs. “Chemotherapy is the most common treatment for cancers,” explained Assistant Professor Surtaj Iram of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. “However, one of the biggest obstacles to success is cancer cells that acquire resistance…

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Brookings Innovation Center names Company and Student of the Year awards

Query.AI received the Company of the Year Award while Ellen Schlechter was selected as the Student of the Year Award winner during the Dec. 8 annual Innovation Celebration at the Brookings Innovation Center. The event marked the 10th year for the Research Park at South Dakota State University. “The Research Park at SDSU is the…

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SDSU students are first to participate in Precision Agriculture and Conservation Joint Training Program

Four students in the South Dakota State University Departments of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Natural Resource Management participated in a precision agriculture and conservation undergraduate training program this fall as part of a joint pilot capstone course. The goal of the project was to demonstrate to students and farmers that precision agriculture technology can…

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SDSU Impacts U.S. Farm Bill

Two important items within the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill were influenced by South Dakota State University leadership. The areas include educational support for Native American students and provisions that will ensure research and extension funding for soil health. The bill was passed by U.S. Senate Tuesday and the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday. It now…

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SDSU Idea Competition Winners Announced

South Dakota State University sophomores Dylan Dulas and Kesmond Willert won the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Idea Competition, announced Wednesday afternoon at the Brookings Innovation Center at the Research Park at South Dakota State University.Dulas, who is majoring in civil engineering and is from Marshall, Minnesota, and Willert, a human biology/pre-chiropractic major from Brookings,…

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New tumor model helps researchers treat pancreatic cancer

Patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer face a poor prognosis because the tumor forms dense scar-like tissue that is difficult for chemotherapy drugs to penetrate, but a new model may help researchers develop new therapies. “More than 85 percent of pancreatic tumors form this fibrous tissue,” explained Assistant Professor Joshua Reineke of the South Dakota State…

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Research Park at SDSU celebrates 10 year anniversary

By: SDSU Marketing & Communications Conversations between key Brookings community leaders and South Dakota State University administration about a research park were initiated in the 1990s. The groundbreaking of the first building in the Research Park at SDSU occurred in spring 2007 with a ribbon cutting in fall 2008. The park will hold its annual…

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New Children’s Museum exhibit encourages innovative learning

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register Innovative learning is at the heart of what the Children’s Museum of South Dakota does, and that’s always been the case at one of its most popular exhibits, Splash. The highly interactive, water-based room has always been a favorite with guests, and now, a project two years in the…

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Grant to help SDSU researchers develop renewable energy solutions

By: SDSU Marketing & Communications A five-year, $725,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration will help South Dakota State University researchers show how new solar cell and battery materials can work in real-world applications, according to Professor Qiquan Qiao. The Harold C. Hohbach Endowed Professor in Electrical Engineering is the director of the Center…

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