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​NSU professor awarded state research grant
ABERDEEN, S.D. – A Northern State University professor is among seven
public university faculty members who have been awarded competitive state research grants through the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Dr. Jon Mitchell, assistant professor of biology at NSU, has received a grant of $22,454 for his research topic, “Molecular characterization of insecticidal activity from environmentally-isolated bacterial strains.”

“Dr. Mitchell’s project is especially important to northeast South Dakota and our entire state because it seeks to learn more about applying natural solutions, including the use of natural sources from within South Dakota itself, to control mosquitoes and thus aid in the fight against infectious diseases, including West Nile,” said Dr. Thomas Hawley, NSU provost/vice president for academic affairs.

The research grants allow universities to acquire equipment, hire staff, pay faculty, and support undergraduate and graduate students. Thirty-seven grant proposals were submitted; seven were funded, for a total of $431,503.
Other grant winners by university, along with grant amounts and research topics, are:

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
• Adam French, $60,362: “An investigation of a non-traditional severe storm evolution: Isolated supercells evolving from squall lines”(year 2 continuation proposal)
• Bora Cetin, $25,000: “Remediation of acid mine drainage and mine tailings with high carbon fly ash”
• Kevin Hadley, $25,000: “Development of a proton hopping water model”
South Dakota State University
• Gregory Michna, $99,118: “Toward realization of pulsating heat pipe electronics cooling system”
• Cheng Zhang, $99,569: “Development of a common strategy to address fundamental problems in organic electro-optic, photovoltaic and electronic thin film devices”
University of South Dakota
• Samuel Sathyanesan, $100,000: “Development of a therapeutic trophic factor for neuropsychiatric disorder”