PROMISE Community Lecture Series

Science minded individuals in our community can learn about the science research being performed in their own backyard! The PROMISE Community Lecture Series is a free, monthly seminar hosted on the second Thursday of each month of the Sanford Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Invited speakers are leaders in their respective fields of research representing academic institutions and industry in our region. Each scientist will share their recent research and discuss the implications of their work on society. Lectures are held from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Student attendees may request a signature card for documentation of their attendance.

Lectures held the second Thursday of each month at the Sanford Center (2301 E 60th St N, Sioux Falls) starting at 5:30pm. Videocast of the seminars is available upon request. 
 

2014-2015 Lecture Series Schedule

October 16, 2014 ~ Special Lecture in partnership with the Washington Pavilion 
Barbara Szczerbinska, PhD 
Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Dakota State University 
Julie Dahl, Science Education Specialist 
Center for the Advancement of Mathematics & Science Education, Black Hills State University 
Education and Outreach, Sanford Underground Research Facility 
Title: Dark Matter 
Location: Washington Pavilion Belbus Theater
 
November 13, 2014 
Kelly Sweet, BA 
Producer and Wildlife Consultant 
Title: The Science of the Urban Jungle 
 
December 11, 2014 
Jessica Hanson, PhD 
Associate Scientist, Center for Health Outcomes and Prevention Research, Sanford Research 
Title: Use of Motivational Interviewing to Address Risky Health Behaviors 

 
 

 


Previous Events:

October 9, 2014 
Michelle Baack, MD 
Physician/Associate Scientist with Children’s Health Research Center, Sanford Research 
Title: "Diabesity and the Developmental Origin of Disease" 
 
September 11, 2014 
Todd Wyatt, PhD 
Professor, Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health, UNMC College of Public Health, Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy, University of Nebraska Medical Center and Deputy Director, Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health 
Title: Does my steak have a drinking problem? - A bovine model of alcohol-induced ciliary dysfunction
 
April 10, 2014
Kevin Kephart, PhD, Vice President of Research at South Dakota State University
Title: Edgar S. McFadden and the Beginnings of the Green Revolution

March 13, 2014
Megan Landsverk, PhD
Director, Clinical Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Sanford Health
Title: When your powerhouse goes bad: Mitochondrial Disease and Disorders
 
February 27, 2014 – Special Rare Disease Day Lecture
Michael Kruer, PhD
Associate Scientist, Sanford Research
Title: A Day in the Life of a Physician-Scientist
 
February 13, 2014
Peter Vitiello, PhD
Associate Scientist, Children’s Health Research Center, Sanford Research
Title: Back to Basics: The Role of Basic Research in a Clinical World
 
January 9, 2014
Jay Trobec, Ph.D. Chief Meteorologist, KELO-TV
Title: Meterorological Science in South Dakota
 
December 12, 2013
Ben Sayler, PhD
Director, Education & Outreach at Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake and
Professor, Physical Science & Mathematics at Black Hills State University
Title: Exploring the Universe from Deep Underground in the Black Hills 
 
November 14, 2013
Nathan Kasselder
Director of Marketing and Development, SD Lion’s Eye and Tissue Bank
Title: Giving the Gifts of Sight & Health
 
September 12, 2013 
Thayne Munce, PhD 
Associate Director of the National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance
Title: Concussions and Youth Football - hard-Hitting Research
 
October 10, 2013 – Special Breast Cancer Awareness Month Lecture 
Kristi Egland, PhD 
Associate Scientist, Cancer Biology Research Center, Sanford Research 
Title: A Molecular Perspective of Breast Cancer from a Scientist who is a Survivor
 
March 14, 2013
Sam Kean 
Author and SD Native 
Title: The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
 
February 28, 2013
Quinn Stein, MS, CGC 
Senior Genetic Counselor, Sanford Health 
Title: "A Day in the Life of a (Sanford) Genetic Counselor" 

 

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February 14, 2013    
Renee Halgerson and Amos Aesoph
SDN Communications
Title: How the Internet Works

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January 10, 2013  
Lance Lee, PhD
Associate Scientist, Children's Health Research Center, Sanford Research
Sanford Research
Title: Finding the Cheese: Using Mouse Models to Identify Genetic Causes of Rare Pediatric Diseases

December 13, 2012   
Matt Smalley, PhD
Research Director, Northern Business Unit, Pioneer Hi-Bred/DuPont
Title: Corn Research in the Northern U.S.: The Science of Feeding the World 

 
 

November 8, 2012
David A. Pearce, PhD
Vice President of Research, Sanford Health
Director, Children’s Health Research Center, Sanford Research
Title: The Present and Future of Sanford Research: Advancing Biomedical Science in Sioux Falls

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October 11, 2012
Tom Stys, MD
Sanford Health Cardiologist
Title: Bridging the Diagnostic Gap

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September 13, 2012
Barbara Szczerbinska, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physics, Dakota State University
Title: "Angels & Demons-Antimatter in Film & Science"
 

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mp3 (63742k)


August 9, 2012
Michael F. Bergeron, PhD, FACSM and Thayne Munce, PhD
National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance and National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute
Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota
Title: Sport Concussions: Why All the Attention and New Standards of Care?

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July 12, 2012
Thomas R. Loveland, PhD.
Senior Scientist, USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS)
Title: EROS and Earth Imaging: Advancing the Science of Land Change

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mp3 (54244k)


June 14, 2012
Kyle Roux, PhD
Associate Science, Children's Health Research Center, Sanford Research
Title: Following Protein Footprints Towards the Path of Discovery
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May 10, 2012
Liz Donohue
Research Development Coordinator, Sanford Research
Title: Coordination of Rare Diseases at Sanford (CoRDS)
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April 12, 2012
Dr. Eddie Sullivan
President/CEO 
Hematech, Inc.
Title: Commercializing a Biomedical Product Produced in Genetically Engineered Animals
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March 8, 2012
Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation
Title: “Education” the Foundation for Economic Development
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February 9, 2012
Dr. Subhash Chauhan
Scientist, Cancer Biology Research Center, Sanford Research
Title: Nano-radiopharmaceuticals for cancer treatment

 

January  12, 2012
Patricia L. Crotwell, PhD 
Director, Sanford Clinic USD Genetics Laboratory
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
Title: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: From “Will I Get Alzheimer’s Disease” to “Wet vs. Dry Earwax”
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December 8, 2011
Jane Christopher-Hennings, PhD
Professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Science, College of Agriculture and Biological Science, South Dakota State University
Title: Optimizing the Intersections of Veterinary and Human Health:  Past and Present Successes and Future Possibilities.
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November 10, 2011
Troy Arends
Director, Business Development
Exemplar Genetics
Title: Exemplar Genetics:  Models of human disease
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October 13, 2011 
Dr. John Lee and Dr. W. Chad Spanos, Sanford Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat               
Cancer Biology Research, Sanford Research
Title: An update on head and neck cancers Sanford Hospital

 

September 8, 2011
Ben Sayler, PhD
Director of Education & Outreach, DUSEL / Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake
Professor, Physical Science & Mathematics; Black Hills State University
Title:
Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake: Science, Engineering, and Education
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August 11, 2011
Amy Elliott, PhD
Director of the Health Disparities Research Center, Sanford Research
Vice Chair of Research, Department of Pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine,
University of South Dakota
Title: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders:  From Epidemiology to Mechanism to Public Health
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mp3 (13488k)


July 14, 2011
William S. Harris, PhD
Founder and President, Omega Quant
Adjunct Senior Scientist, Cardiovascular Health Research Center, Sanford Research
Title:   Fish Oil or Snake Oil: What's the Real Story?

 

June 9, 2011
Paul Kuhlman
2009 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Science Teacher at Avon High School
Title: Our children are waiting for Superman!  Are you ready to answer the call?
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May 12, 2011
David Pearce, PhD
Vice President of Research, Sanford HealthDirector, Children’s Health Research Center, Sanford Research
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
Title:  Sanford Research: Past, Present, and Future
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