Entrepreneurship & Innovation

SDSU alum sees success with online women’s boutique

By: Michaela Simcoe, The Brookings Register For most, the holidays are a time to relax and connect with family and friends. But for South Dakota State University grad Courtney Coughlin, it’s also a time to prepare for a holiday pop-up shop, post about new arrivals on Instagram and prepare for the biggest season of the…

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Research Park at SDSU celebrates 10 year anniversary

By: SDSU Marketing & Communications Conversations between key Brookings community leaders and South Dakota State University administration about a research park were initiated in the 1990s. The groundbreaking of the first building in the Research Park at SDSU occurred in spring 2007 with a ribbon cutting in fall 2008. The park will hold its annual…

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Researcher shows benefits of regenerative ag

By:Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio News ARLINGTON (AP) – Jesse Hall is sold on regenerative agriculture. “(The soil) crumbles, and it looks like chocolate cake,” Hall said. “Once it’s got the consistency of chocolate cake, and it’s spongy, that’s what you want.” And it’s got more life in it, too, from invisible bacteria to earthworms.…

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New Children’s Museum exhibit encourages innovative learning

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register Innovative learning is at the heart of what the Children’s Museum of South Dakota does, and that’s always been the case at one of its most popular exhibits, Splash. The highly interactive, water-based room has always been a favorite with guests, and now, a project two years in the…

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Grant to help SDSU researchers develop renewable energy solutions

By: SDSU Marketing & Communications A five-year, $725,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration will help South Dakota State University researchers show how new solar cell and battery materials can work in real-world applications, according to Professor Qiquan Qiao. The Harold C. Hohbach Endowed Professor in Electrical Engineering is the director of the Center…

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CHS Foundation gives $1.5M to support precision ag at SDSU

By: SDSU College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences BROOKINGS – The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., announced Thursday a $1.5 million grant to support the South Dakota State University precision agriculture program and construction of the new Raven Precision Agriculture Center on campus. “The gift from the CHS Foundation is…

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SDSU researchers to examine how influenza D infects cells

By: SDSU Marketing & Communications The South Dakota State University research team that discovered the influenza D virus will continue its work through a five-year, $2.6 million National Institutes of Health Research Project grant. The work will focus on how influenza D infects cells to evaluate the likelihood of the virus becoming a risk to…

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Power play

By: SDSU Marketing & Communications SDSU researcher to develop new battery materials BROOKINGS – Making cell phone batteries store more energy and last longer will require the development of new battery materials. That’s just what South Dakota State University researcher Yue Zhou hopes to do. Zhou, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering…

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Passive house unleashes creativity, innovation

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register BROOKINGS – The little house at 902 Third Ave. might have a simple, minimalist look about it, but there’s a lot more to this house than meets the eye. The house is what’s called a passive house, and its design and materials emphasize ultra-efficiency in energy consumption regardless of…

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