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NSU, other public universities rewarded for research innovations
ABERDEEN, S.D. – A $42,154 state grant awarded to Northern State University will
pay for scientific instruments to upgrade chemistry laboratories, providing numerous new research possibilities for the university.
 
The equipment will allow NSU researchers to expand existing projects, open doors for future research, and provide undergraduate students with hands-on experience that will better prepare them for jobs and advanced science degrees.
 
“The new equipment will enable NSU scientists to build upon early research results,” said Karen Marchant, director of grants and sponsored research at Northern. “It is expected that the knowledge gained from that expansion has the potential to significantly impact the health of both the environment and the world’s food supply.”
 
The projects supported by the new equipment include one focused on improving drought resistance in plants.
 
Northern’s project is one of seven statewide that will benefit from $1 million in research innovation grants awarded through a competitive process. Six of these projects promote research-driven economic development, and one is a major collaborative project on security and anti-counterfeiting technology. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will be the lead institution on the Center for Security Printing and Anti-Counterfeiting Technology, collaborating with faculty from the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University. The center will receive $300,000 in startup funding.

“This new research center keys off the state’s 2020 Vision, a science and innovation blueprint for future research and economic development efforts,” said Paul Turman, vice president for research and economic development for the South Dakota Board of Regents. “One area of focus is to develop South Dakota’s capacity in advanced manufacturing and materials and information technology.
 
“This new center is a perfect marriage of that, with a further strategy to establish South Dakota researchers as the foremost experts in this high-tech, developing field,” Turman said. 
 
The 2020 Vision seeks to promote innovation, foster knowledge-based companies, generate higher-wage jobs and build the capacity to sustain this kind of research effort long-term, he added.
 
“The new chemistry equipment will enhance Northern’s ability to contribute to the 2020 Vision, especially in the key research area of plant and animal bioscience,” said Marchant.
 
The other awards are as follows:
 
• $117,846 to Black Hills State University for new equipment to be used in biomedical research focused on discovery of new medicines and assessing toxicity of materials used in modern manufacturing
 
• $40,000 to Dakota State University for expanded investments in cyber-infrastructure and to support capital equipment purchases for sponsored research
 
• $200,000 to SDSM&T to upgrade existing laboratories and to develop state-of-the-art laboratories for large-scale production in advanced manufacturing
 
• $100,000 to SDSU to acquire an in-vivo imaging system to visualize in real time certain molecular and physiological events in living animals and plants
 
 
• $200,000 to USD to purchase state-of-the-art instrumentation for its imaging and visualization facilities and to increase its capacity to seek outside funding for research leading to development of advanced materials and biomedical devices.
 
For more information about 2020 Vision, visit www.sdepscor.org/_wp-pdf/s&tplan/2020%20Vision.pdf.
 
 
 
Photo: Marchant