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​NSU to invest $186,398 in biology research, information technology

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Biology and information technology will get a $186,398 boost at Northern State University as part of an effort to improve research capacity at South Dakota’s public universities, according to the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR).
SDBOR received $5.9 million in one-time funds during the 2012 S.D. legislative session. Of that, $2 million will go to improve universities’ research capacity.
NSU’s funds will allow purchase of scientific laboratory equipment to support biology faculty and enhance the university’s technology infrastructure, according to an SDBOR press release.
Equipment for the Biology Department will include:
·         A cooled incubator
·         Compound microscope with camera
·         Stereomicroscope with camera, and
·         Drawing tube and adapter
Enhancing information technology capability at NSU will be:
·         An access grid
·         10 Gb edge router, and
·         Upgraded firewall
S.D. universities submitted proposals that would leverage the one-time state dollars with non-state grant funding. Earlier this fall, a review committee of regents, state legislators and research administrators selected proposals to be funded.
“We were particularly interested in projects that emphasized research topics related to alternative energy, biotechnology, information systems, or the Sanford Underground Research Facility,” Paul Turman,  regents’ vice president for research and economic development, said in a press release. “We were pleased to see the high caliber of proposals submitted.”