Editor’s note: This is the third article in a three-part report on COVID-19, featuring local epidemiologist Dr. Bonny Specker. BROOKINGS – Don’t be in a rush to get infected with COVID-19 because you think it will give you “herd immunity,” warns a local epidemiologist, Dr. Bonny Specker. An epidemiologist studies diseases and how they spread. To…

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Editor’s note: This is the second article in a three-part report on COVID-19, featuring local epidemiologist Dr. Bonny Specker. COVID-19 is very contagious and is more deadly than the seasonal flu, said Dr. Bonny Specker, an epidemiologist with South Dakota State University. About half the people with COVID don’t have symptoms but can still infect others,…

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South Dakota State University is offering COVID-19 drive-thru testing by appointment for SDSU students. Testing started at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The drive-thru testing is only for SDSU students who have been ordered to take a test by their health care provider. Individuals will not be able to arrive and request a test on-site. SDSU students…

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Epidemiologist Dr. Bonny Specker praises council’s action to keep Brookings’ case count low Editor’s note: This is the first article in a three-part report on COVID-19, featuring local epidemiologist Dr. Bonny Specker. BROOKINGS – Dr. Bonny Specker says everyone should think of others and wear a mask to protect people from COVID-19. “The thing that I…

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Some Brookings long-term care facilities are implementing new ways for their residents to see family on more than just the screen of a phone or computer. With safety measures still in place, some relatives are now able to visit their loved ones outdoors. Still very limited One of the brutal realities of the coronavirus pandemic…

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Monday announced a program to offer training at the state’s technical colleges for people who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican governor described the program, called UpSkill, as a pathway to “a new career path as we get back to normal.” The program will…

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“How do we operate this university following the practices that are recommended to us by the Centers for Disease Control and the South Dakota Department of Health and have a successful year? That’s what we’re working on day and night.” With D-Day set for Aug. 19 for the reopening of campus and the return of…

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South Dakota State University professor Stephen Gent is the regional director of the North Central Sun Grant Center, based at SDSU. Gent, who has been a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering for 11 years, is the first engineering researcher to hold the position, which he began July 21. The Sun Grant Initiative…

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For those looking to expand one’s knowledge or gain an edge in the job market by earning a certificate, South Dakota State University might be the place to be. SDSU was recently ranked No. 26 by Learn.org for Best Online Certificate Programs. Online certificate programs are designed to specialize students in one field of study,…

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Rajesh Kavasseri has a doctorate in electrical engineering; not the background one would expect to find in a cheerleader. But in some ways, that is the job of the new associate dean of research in the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering at South Dakota State University. After an 18-year career in electrical power systems…

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