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. For more information or to RSVP to a lecture, please email 

2015 - 2016 Lecture Series Schedule 

October 13, 2015* (3:55pm-5:00pm at the Washington Pavilion) 
Jay Labov, PhD/ National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine 
"The Changing National Landscape in STEM Education: Connecting the Dots” 

November 12,2015 
Daniel Doherty, MD/PhD with the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital 
Next generation genetics illuminates the human hindbrain 

December 10, 2015 
Samuel Milanovich, MD/Sanford Research 
“Cancer stem cells exposed: uncovering the origins of acute leukemia” 

January 14, 2016 
Kevin Francis, PhD/Sanford Research 

February 25, 2016 
Chris Rogers, PhD/Exemplar Genetics & Jill Weimer, PhD/Sanford Research 
“How pigs can help us understand and treat rare human disease(s)” 

March 10, 2016 
Adam Hoppe, PhD/SDSU 
“Seeing the molecules of life in action. How microscopes and genetics are pushing back the frontiers of bioscience” 

Previous Events:

September 10, 2015 
Jake Miles, MBA/Project Manager, SAB Biotherapeutics 
“Fully Human Polyclonal Antibodies Produced from Transchromosomic Bovine” 

June 17, 2015
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Paola Vermeer and Jessie Park
"The Science Side of Cancer and the Healing Side of Art"

April 9, 2015 
Kurt Griffin, MD/PhD 

March 12, 2015 
Steven Powell, MD  
Using Genetics to Fight Cancer  

February 26, 2015 (Special Edition included with the Sanford Rare Disease Symposium) 
Jill Weimer, PhD 
Stephanie Tellinghuisen/Patient Advocate 
Brenda Barry, MS, CGC 
Title: Expanding the Boundaries of Genomic Medicine: One Family’s Journey with a Rare Neurological Disorder and Their Quest for Answers
December 11, 2014 
Jessica Hanson, PhD 
Title: Use of Motivational Interviewing to Address Risky Health Behaviors 
November 13, 2014 
Kelly Sweet, BA 
Title: The Science of the Urban Jungle
October 16, 2014 ~ Special Lecture in partnership with the Washington Pavilion 
Barbara Szczerbinska, PhD 
Julie Dahl
Title: Dark Matter 
October 9, 2014 
Michelle Baack, MD 
Title: "Diabesity and the Developmental Origin of Disease" 
September 11, 2014 
Todd Wyatt, PhD 
Title: Does my steak have a drinking problem? - A bovine model of alcohol-induced ciliary dysfunction
April 10, 2014 
Kevin Kephart, PhD
Title: Edgar S. McFadden and the Beginnings of the Green Revolution


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