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Graduate student receives scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Jenna Christianson ‘19 had already decided to return to South Dakota State University for a graduate dietetic internship when news came that she was awarded a national scholarship. The highly competitive scholarship, which is based on her undergraduate academic performance and leadership potential within her field of study, was awarded native by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s

New tool uses swine respiratory cells to study influenza viruses

Scientists can now use cell cultures from the tissues of swine nasal passages, tracheas and lungs to study any of the four influenza viruses—A, B, C or D, thanks to the new tool that SDSU researchers developed.

Strengthening the Heartland Launches YouTube Page

Strengthening the Heartland (STH) is working to provide education and information surrounding safe opioid use as well as risks of misuse. The new STH YouTube channel will provide education videos covering valuable topics relating to opioid misuse and addiction.

Team South Dakota wins national quiz bowl

Given the condition’s rarity, it’s unlikely an average person knows much about Guillain-Barre syndrome, but the students on Team South Dakota are not average—they’re national champions. By correctly answering a question about the uncommon neurological disorder in the final round, Team South Dakota defeated nine teams at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Student Quiz Bowl at June’s NATA

New tool predicts how electrical stimulation promotes healing

Assistant Professor Mark Messerli and his team developed a tool that predicts how cellular migration and alignment happens when electric stimulation is used to help heal chronic wounds, such as diabetic ulcers and bedsores. The model will help scientists optimize wound repair using electrical stimulation.

SDAND to honor four graduates

Four South Dakota State University alumni will be honored with awards at the South Dakota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ annual conference, which will be Sept. 20 in Sioux Falls. The winners were: Outstanding Dietitian of the Year: Katy VanderWal ’05; Outstanding Preceptor of the Year: Delaine Rasmussen ’03/M.S.

SDState ranked No. 7 in Clinical Nurse Leader Programs

The South Dakota State University College of Nursing was ranked No. 7 in’s list of 2019 Best Clinical Nurse Leader Programs. The ranking of CNL programs is a first for the firm. “Clinical nurse leaders are crucial health-care team members, overseeing processes to improve patient outcomes.

Nurses prepare to take on larger role in primary care delivery

Nurse-researchers at South Dakota State University are helping rural clinics more fully utilize registered nurses in primary care and have expanded the nursing curriculum to better prepare students to deliver that care. “We want to see what we can do locally to help facilities re-envision what the future of primary care could look like with RNs practicing to the full extent of their licensure,” A

Vitamin D metabolite helps stop drug-resistant cancer

The vitamin D metabolite calcitriol and its analog calcipotriol can block one of the mechanisms through which cancer cells gain resistance to chemotherapy drugs—and can selectively kill those drug-resistant cells, according to a study led by Assistant Professor Surtaj Iram.

Horsley elected to INACSL board

Leann Horsley, an assistant dean for South Dakota State University’s College of Nursing, was recently elected to the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning’s board of directors as vice president for programs. “Participation on INACSL’s board of directors will provide me further opportunity to grow as a leader,” said Horsley, who is the college’s first-ever JoAnn an