Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.72
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 22, 2014
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Black Hills State University
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Shane Sarver
Chief Research Officer
Academic Affairs
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
23

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
55

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
6

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
6

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
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Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

1. Katrina Jensen School of Natural Sciences
2. Brian Smith School of Natural Sciences
3. David Calhoon School of Education
4. Ahrar Ahmad School of Math and Social Sciences
5. David Siemens School of Natural Sciences
6. Dan Durben School of Natural Sciences
7. John Dixson School of Natural Sciences
8. Kent Meyers School of Arts and Humanities
9. David Bergmann School of Natural Sciences
10. Robert Campbell School of Math and Social Sciences
11. James Hesson School of Behavioral Sciences
12. Sandra Marker School of Behavioral Sciences
13. Adam Bailey School of Business
14. Ben Sayler
15. Liz Fayer School of Education
16. Benjamin van Ee School of Natural Sciences
17. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg School of Behavioral Sciences
18. Andy Johnson School of Natural Sciences
19. Garth Spellman School of Natural Sciences
20. Cynthia Anderson School of Natural Sciences
21. Micheal Zehfus School of Natural Sciences
22. Daniel Asunskis School of Natural Sciences
23. Chris McCart School of Behavioral Sciences


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

This information was gathered through the polling of the faculty in early spring 2014. Faculty were asked about current research and if sustainability played a roll in their work.


A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

Black Hills State University has strategically targeted several research foci to build and develop long-term research initiatives that are related to sustainability. These include: Conservation Biology, Alternative Energy and Natural Products Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry.

Grant Highlights

2013-2014: South Dakota Board of Regents $117,846 Acquisition of Equipment to Increase Research Capacity and Enhance Competitiveness for Extramural Funding in Biomedical Research at Black Hills State University

2011-2012: South Dakota Board of Regents $184,875 Acquisition of Equipment to Increase Research Capacity, Enhance Biomedical Research Infrastructure and Support Regional Economic Development

2011-2014: United State Department of Agriculture $200,000 (2011-38424-30914) (Defining Optimal Bison Herd Health Practices in the Oglala Sioux Tribal Community) (sub-award $20,000)

2009-2014: National Science Foundation EPSCoR $20,000,000 (#0903804) (Beyond the 2010 Initiative: Partners for Competitiveness) (sub-award $812,489)

2009-2014: Department of Health and Human Services $16,148,966 (#5 P20 RR016479-10) (South Dakota Biomedical Infrastructure Network) (sub-award $2,922,704)

Publication/Presentation Highlights

Alsdurf, J., Ripley, T., Matzner, S. and Siemens, D.H. 2013. "Effects of drought-induced trans- generational plasticity on stress tolerance and defense: Consequences for the evolution of range limit development in plants." AoB Plants. DOI 10.1093/aobpla/plt038. PMC3849778

Siemens, D. H. and R. Haugen. 2013. "Plant chemical defense allocation constrains evolution of tolerance to community change across a range boundary." Ecology and Evolution 3(13): 4339-4347 PMC3856735

Drain, Jillian, Brett Montieth, Jason Nies and *John Dixson. Antimalarial Properties of Four Artemisia (Sage) Species Tested via Fluorescence-Based High-Throughput Drug Screening. SD BRIN Undergraduate Research Symposium. Vermillion, South Dakota. 9 August 2013 (Poster)

Hafele A.L. and *B. van Ee. 2013. Genetic Variation of the Black Hills Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae). Black Hills Research Symposium. Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota, 27 March 2013 (poster)

Nelson, S. and *B. van Ee. 2013. Species Range Boundaries in Central North America: Paraphyly and Hybridization in Juniperus. Black Hills Area Botanist & Ecologist Workshop, Rapid City, South Dakota, 7 March 2013. Abstract. Available at: http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/ngpn/blackhills/bh_workshop.cfm

Weiler, Alysha, Michael Oberle, Jay Jacobs, *J. Dixson. Discovery of Antimicrobial Properties in Artemesia ludoviciana and Monarda fistulosa 15th Annual Black Hills State Research Symposium, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota, 27 March 2013. (poster)

Wiegel, S. E., *B. E. Smith, K. C. Cabarle, and *J. Dixson. 2013. Detection of deltamethrin in salamanders from Wind Cave National Park by high performance liquid chromatography. The Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Albuquerque, New Mexico.10-15 July 2013 (Poster)


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