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BOARD OF REGENTS SUMMARY ( JULY 14, 1997)
SDSM& T CONCRETE CANOE TEAM WINS SEVENTH PLACE IN
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology won 7th place in the National Concrete Canoe Competition held June 20- 21 at Cleveland State University. SDSM& T’s concrete canoe was named Icebreaker. SDSM& T competed against 24 other universities from across the nation and Canada who had earned a berth in the national competition after winning their Regional ASCE Conference. SDSM& T was the only university in a 15- state region ( Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming) to compete in this year’s event. The smallest public university in the 1997 national competition, South Dakota Tech competed against many larger universities, some with enrollments 14 or 15 times higher.
SDSM& T SOLAR CAR QUALIFIES FOR SUNRAYCE ’ 97
The SDSM& T Solar Motion team’s car passed the final qualifying competition for Sunrayce ’ 97. South Dakota Tech’s car, named Dakota Sun, is one of 36 solar- powered vehicles which qualified to enter the biennial intercollegiate competition. SDSM& T is the only university in an 11- state region ( Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) to enter a vehicle in Sunrayce ’ 97.
SDSM& T WINS SUNRAYCE ’ 97 “ TEAM SPIRIT” AWARD
SDSM& T’s solar team received the “ Team Spirit” Award today from Sunrayce ’ 97 officials. The award is presented at the half- way point in the race by Sunrayce cosponsor Electronic Data Systems ( EDS) to the team which has shown the best team spirit. South Dakota Tech team members received the “ Team Spirit” Award because of their persistence and positive, “ never give up” attitude, despite setbacks with a minor accident on Day 1 and difficulties with Dakota Sun’s solar array.
SDSM& T STUDENT 1 OF 8 SELECTED NATIONWIDE FOR NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROJECT
Linda Alexander, a mathematics major at SDSM& T, has been selected as one of eight students nationally to conduct an undergraduate research project for the National Science Foundation ( NSF). She will spend eight weeks this summer at the University of Missouri- Rolla doing the research for her NSF- funded Math/ Computer Science Project. She will present the results of her research in a paper at the National Undergraduate Research Symposium this fall.
FRIENDSHIP FAMILY PROGRAM TO HOLD POTLUCK PICNIC ON JULY 12 The Friendship Family Program is holding a potluck picnic on Saturday, July 12, to kick off the 1997- 1998 school year with international students attending universities in Rapid City. Interested families in the community are invited to join the international students from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and National American University to learn more about the Friendship Family Program. The program allows interested families the opportunity to share cultural experiences and offer a family support system to international students attending SDSM& T or National American University.
SDSM& T A PART OF NSF RESEARCH PROJECT ON SULFUR DIOXIDE
Scientists from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology are involved with a National Science Foundation research project involving sulfur dioxide. Part II of the Gaseous Sulfur Intercomparison Experiment ( GASIE) is a three- year, $ 324,000 project designed to study different measurement methods for sulfur dioxide at ultra- trace concentrations in air.
Scientists from the University of Alaska- Fairbanks recently spent four weeks on the Tech campus working with SDSM& T scientists on Phase II of GASIE to achieve a more rigorous test of measuring sulfur dioxide in air by quantifying and improving their measurement methods. This analytical performance characterization work conducted at SDSM& T is an adjunct to similar research done during Phase I of GASIE at the University of Delaware in 1994. SDSM& T was selected to participate in the NSF- sponsored research project because of its expertise in accomplishing the very difficult task of precisely diluting atmospheric sulfur gases from parts per million to known parts per trillion levels.
DARRELL OTTO HUWE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED AT SDSM& T
The Darrell Otto Huwe Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology by Mrs. Semiramis ( Sammy) Huwe in honor of her late husband, Darrell Otte Huwe. A native of Lemmon who went on to become a very successful physicist and professor of physics at Ohio University, Darrell passed away unexpectedly on November 27, 1996.
The Darrell Otto Huwe Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide a scholarship( s) with a minimum value of $ 750 to a student( s) meeting the following requirements: 1) an undergraduate majoring in physics at SDSM& T; 2) a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.5 and showing financial need; 3) first preference will be given to a high school graduate of Lemmon High School or any other rural area in North or South Dakota; 4) preference will be given to students planning to teach physics in high school; and 5) foreign students are also eligible with preference given to students from Norway and Germany.
KTEQ FUNDRAISING AUCTION TO BE HELD JULY 13TH
KTEQ 91.3 FM's annual on- air fundraising auction will be held Sunday, July 13th beginning at 10: 00 a. m. and lasting until everything is gone. KTEQ is the student- operated radio station on the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology featuring programming of an educational and cultural nature. Every year donations from a wide variety of Black Hills area businesses are auctioned over the air as a fundraiser for the student- operated station.
TEACHERS FROM 13 SOUTH DAKOTA COMMUNITIES ATTENDING SDSM& T’S 11TH ANNUAL MINING WORKSHOP Twenty- three teachers from thirteen South Dakota communities are on the South Dakota Tech campus this week to attend the 11th Annual “ Mining Experience on the Great Plains” Workshop sponsored by SDSM& T and the South Dakota Mining Association. The workshop will present a variety of topics which will acquaint the teachers with the evolution of the mining industry, the history of mining in the region, and the region’s present relationship to the mining industry. Other topics will survey the process of providing the minerals required by society from exploration through to recovery of the final product. Environmental and legal considerations will be covered in detail.
SDSM& T ASCE CHAPTER NAMED TOP STUDENT CHAPTER IN NATION
The SDSM& T Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers ( ASCE) has been selected as the 1997 winner of the prestigious Robert Ridgway Student Chapter Award. This award is presented annually to the top Student ASCE Chapter in the nation. Tech’s chapter received the award because of its outstanding work in promoting public awareness of the civil engineering profession and its active involvement in community service projects. In addition to the chapter’s concrete canoe activities and the recent hosting of the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, other projects this past year include the following: Adopt- A- Highway, Little Miners’ Clubhouse Playground, Concrete Conference, Humane Society Building Repair, Visiting Scientist, and Boy Scouts Tiger Safari— to name just a few.
SKILL STUDENTS LEARN GEOMETRY THROUGH LANDSCAPE DRAFTING ON SDSM& T CAMPUS: TREES, BUSHES AND FLOWERS NEEDED TO COMPLETE PROJECT
Twenty SKILL students from across South Dakota are learning geometry on the SDSM& T campus this summer through an innovative math curriculum approach. The SKILL students are drafting an area to scale on the Tech campus and then developing a landscaping plan for that particular area. The students then plan to plant trees, bushes and flowers in the area they have drafted to scale. SDSM& T’s SKILL ( Scientific Knowledge for Indian Learning and Leadership) Program is designed to develop innovative approaches to hands- on math, science and engineering education with a special emphasis on Native American students.
SDSM& T TO CO- HOST CONFERENCE ON FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is co- hosting a conference entitled “ Federal Environmental Programs in Western South Dakota: Activities, Impacts and Opportunities”, which will be held Monday, June 30. Other co- hosts are the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce, the South Dakota Association of Environmental Professionals, and the South Dakota Engineering Society. The objective of the conference is to increase awareness of federal projects in western South Dakota.
DR. JAMES MUNRO APPOINTED ACTING DEAN OF SDSM& T COLLEGE OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Dr. James M. Munro has been appointed Acting Dean of the SDSM& T College of Materials Science and Engineering. Munro will serve in that capacity until January, 1998 when Dr. Kenneth Han returns from his six- month sabbatical leave in Korea. The College of Materials Science and Engineering includes the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, and Physics. Munro, who is a professor of Chemical Engineering at South Dakota Tech, also will continue to serve as Chair of SDSM& T’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. He joined the SDSM& T faculty in 1977 and is also a registered Professional Engineer ( South Dakota). DR. MICHAEL BATCHELDER NAMED INTERIM DEAN OF SDSM& T COLLEGE OF SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
Dr. Michael J. Batchelder has been named Interim Dean of the SDSM& T College of Systems Engineering. He will serve in that capacity until the search is completed to replace
Dr. Karen Whitehead, who was recently appointed SDSM& T Vice President for Academic Affairs. The College of Systems Engineering includes the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. While serving as Interim Dean, Batchelder will continue his duties as Chair and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He joined the faculty at South Dakota Tech in 1974.
SDSM& T INSTITUTE OF ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES HAS NEW DIRECTOR
Patrick R. Zimmerman, Ph. D. is the new director of SDSM& T’s Institute of Atmospheric Sciences ( IAS) following the retirement of former director, Professor Emeritus Paul L. Smith, Jr. Prior to assuming his new duties at South Dakota Tech, Zimmerman was senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research ( NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, and head of the NCAR Atmospheric Chemistry Division’s Trace Gas Biogeochemistry Section. While at NCAR, he led the development of a research program to study the interactions between biological systems and atmospheric chemistry.
In 1979 Zimmerman collaborated with Paul Crutzen ( one of the 1995 winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in atmospheric chemistry) to show that biogenic hydrocarbons from vegetation have the potential to greatly influence the chemistry of the atmosphere. This research caused the scientific community to realize that biology must be considered in order to understand atmospheric chemical cycles and to predict how those cycles might change in the future.
SDSM& T SELECTS NEW DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has selected Ms. Katherine ( Kata) McCarville to be its new Director of Instructional Technology Services ( ITS). ITS operates and maintains SDSM& T’s campus Local Area Network ( LAN), the cable infrastructure, and all centralized computing resources ( TechNet) that are available to faculty, staff and students. McCarville’s responsibilities also will include managing the delivery of the many distance learning courses offered by SDSM& T.
Since 1986 McCarville has held the position of Manager of Academic Services/ Assistant Director at Colorado School of Mines, where she was responsible for many aspects of CSM's computing and networking environment. While at CSM, she coordinated customer services, consulting, and " front desk" functions and operations; was the technical lead on many successful projects; served as the primary liaison and system manager for the administrative Information Services group; evaluated software; designed and implemented training programs and documentation; assisted with Unix system administration duties; and managed the videoconferencing facility.
GIANT HARMONOGRAPH ADDED TO SDSM& T MUSEUM IN MOTION EXHIBITS
SDSM& T’s Museum in Motion has added a giant 3- D harmonograph to its many hands- on exhibits this summer. The harmonograph machine generates three- dimensional drawings from twisting motions given to the two- dimensional dangling of a large pendulum box. Sponsored by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the museum provides hands- on experiences in science and engineering for children of all ages. Included among the museum’s many exhibits are a giant bubble machine that allows children to stand inside the bubble, a large sand pendulum, a giant kaleidoscope in which children can stand and see themselves, and an arch bridge that kids build and walk across. Another popular exhibit is the simulated paleontology dig assembled by the Museum of Geology. The simulated dig features fossil casts embedded in sand portraying fossils from four geological ages that commonly yield fossils in the Black Hills and Badlands areas.
SDSM& T PROFESSOR AWARDED NSF RESEARCH GRANT
Dr. Jan Puszynski, SDSM& T Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been awarded a $ 210,000 research grant by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Puszynski’s proposal, " Fundamental Studies of High Pressure Self- Sustaining Synthesis of Silicon Nitride- Based Ceramics" is a three- year research program. Dr. Puszynski is the principal investigator and will be assisted by two graduate students working toward their Ph. D. degree in the Materials Engineering and Science. Dr. Puszynski joined South Dakota Tech’s faculty in 1991.
SDSM& T MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY TO DIG FOR JURASSIC DINOSAURS AND OTHER FOSSILS NEAR SUNDANCE THIS SUMMER
The SDSM& T Museum of Geology will be excavating for Jurassic Dinosaurs and
primitive mammals at a field site near Sundance, Wyoming, during two field sessions this summer. Dr. James Martin, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology for the SDSM& T Museum of Geology, will lead the scientific excavation for Camarasaurus and Allosaurus, as well as tiny primitive mammals, at this important paleontological site.
The first field session at the Sundance site will be held June 30 - July 11. A second two- week session will follow from July 14 - 26. The excavations this summer will focus on the neck and skull of Camarasaurus, whose skeleton SDSM& T scientists have been excavating the past four years. At this site near Sundance, SDSM& T paleontologists have discovered the jaw of a very primitive mammal unlike any which has been previously found.
SDSM& T MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY TO EXCAVATE FOR DINOSAURS IN EASTERN WYOMING THIS SUMMER
The SDSM& T Museum of Geology will be excavating this summer for Late Cretaceous
Dinosaurs and other vertebrates from eastern Wyoming and southwest of the Black Hills. Dr. James Martin, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology for the SDSM& T Museum of Geology, will lead the field paleontology session which will be held from June 16 - 27. The excavation will help gather important data for the interval prior to the great dinosaur extinction event. Professor Martin will be going into areas where Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus, Ankylosaurus, and numerous duck- billed dinosaurs have been recovered previously.
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