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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 1999
PRESIDENT OF SDSM& T ATTENDS NATIONAL EPSCoR CONFERENCE
TO DISCUSS FUTURE RESEARCH PROGRAMS
Dr. Richard Gowen, President of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) and Dr. Sherry Farwell, Dean of Graduate Education and Sponsored Programs, attended the 15th Annual National EPSCoR Conference in Orange Beach, Alabama October 31 – November 3, 1999. The conference addressed the present status of EPSCoR and the development of future EPSCoR related research programs in the 19 EPSCoR jurisdictions.
“ Attending the EPSCoR Conference provides us with an excellent opportunity to meet and visit with all the EPSCoR Program Managers from the different federal agencies,” said Farwell. “ Such interactions are important for both the development and future funding of EPSCoR- sponsored research activities in South Dakota. In addition, this conference allows us to interact with many of the 300 conference participants from other EPSCoR states. These person- to- person discussions give us a chance to summarize our successes in South Dakota and obtain ideas for further improvement of our research competitiveness and technology transfer programs.”
At the conference, EPSCoR program managers from the National Science Foundation, NASA, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense, Department of Energny, and NIH gave overviews of their agency’s activities and plans for the future. Various political leaders from EPSCoR states also provided their perspectives on the benefits and challenges which EPSCoR activities have brought to their constituents.
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