Credit Hour

2/25/2021

JOHN THUNE | Leadership and Public Service

Season 5, Ep. 16
U.S. Senator John Thune Discusses Career in Public Service and Senate Leadership on Credit HourVERMILLION, S.D. – U.S. Senator John Thune, M.B.A. ’84, spoke about his career in public service and experience serving in Senate leadership on this week’s episode of Credit Hour. “You have to maintain that optimism and have a sense about the future that keeps you moving forward,” said Thune. “More than anything else to me if any of the lessons that we learn from all this try to extend grace to yourself but also to other people when you’re going through a tough time and look for ways to serve other people.”Thune discussed the political polarization in the country. “A lot of people say that politics is upstream from culture. I think it’s downstream from culture,” said Thune. “I think what happens politically mirrors or reflects what’s happening in the country and I think the country has been very divided and polarized and I think our politics reflects that.”“To me, your political party needs to be anchored in something more than just the changing personalities because they come and go,” said Thune.“I’ve always felt politics ought to be about appealing to people’s hopes, and not preying on their fears,” said Thune.Speaking about his experience earning a master’s degree at USD in business administration, Thune reflected on the benefits of the program.“I really appreciate and value looking at the world and looking at issues and problems through the prism of that MBA background,” said Thune.Credit Hour is the University of South Dakota’s podcast highlighting the achievement, research and scholarship of its staff, students, alumni and faculty. Follow Credit Hour on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and www.usd.edu/podcast.
2/11/2021

ERIC SANDHURST | The Future of South Dakota Biotechnology

Season 5, Ep. 15
Sandhurst Discusses DRACO, Biotechnology on Credit HourVERMILLION, S.D. –Eric Sandhurst, Ph.D. ‘20, president and founding partner of the Dakota Research and Consulting Organization, discussed entrepreneurship and the future of biotechnology in South Dakota on Credit Hour.“One of the reasons I got into biomedical engineering is that it was a cutting edge field,” said Sandhurst. “It paired really well with entrepreneurship. If you’re developing new research that’s going to change the field why not go into that research with the mindset that this can be a product or service that can be commercialized.”Sandhurst obtained his bachelor's degree, master's degree andPh.D. in biomedical engineering fromthe University of South Dakota.His research is focused on tissue engineering, biomaterials development, stem cell biology, and creating organoids for high-throughput drug screening. He has filed for a patent related to Multifunctional Microspheres – biodegradable, porous polymer microspheres that act as a local drug delivery platform and a three-dimensional cell culture system.“Looking out five years or ten. I think South Dakota is a great place to start a company,” said Sandhurst. “We have a really attractive business environment and tax structure –especially to scale up. I think that’s valuable to investors to know the manufacturing space and capabilities are here.”Credit Hour is the University of South Dakota’s podcast highlighting the achievement, research and scholarship of its staff, students, alumni and faculty. Follow Credit Hour on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, andwww.usd.edu/podcast.
2/4/2021

CARRIE SANDERSON | Child Maltreatment in South Dakota

Season 5, Ep. 14
Sanderson Discusses State of Child Maltreatment on Credit HourVERMILLION, S.D. – Carrie Sanderson, the director of the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment at the University of South Dakota, discussed the state of child maltreatment in South Dakota and how the pandemic has influenced children on the podcast Credit Hour.“In South Dakota, children have the highest rate of victimization for multiple crimes,” said Sanderson. “A very high percentage of victims of sexual violence in South Dakota are under the age of 18.”Sanderson also discussed the mental health implications of the pandemic.“Nationally, we are finding that children are having a higher stress response to Covid-19 than any age demographic,” Sanderson said. “We have to be prepared to help our kiddos respond. How do we do that? We create safe, loving and stable relationships.”Sanderson earned her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Public Administration and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of South Dakota. She has previously served as the executive director for the South Dakota Association for County Officials where she represented South Dakota’s Auditors, Treasurers, and Registers of Deeds on a state and national level and coordinated training opportunities for officials. She also worked in private practice at Moreno, Lee & Bachand, P.C. Law Firm in Pierre, South Dakota, and prosecuted violent crimes with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of South Dakota. In 2017, Sanderson became the inaugural director of the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment at USD.Credit Hour is the University of South Dakota’s podcast highlighting the achievement, research and scholarship of its staff, students, alumni and faculty. Follow Credit Hour on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, andwww.usd.edu/podcast.
1/28/2021

JEFF WESNER | Counting Covid-19

Season 5, Ep. 13
Biology Professor Discusses Covid Numbers on Credit HourVERMILLION, S.D. – Jeff Wesner, an associate professor in the University of South Dakota Department of Biology discussed the data behind the Covid-19 pandemic in South Dakota on the podcast Credit Hour.“While I hope we are past the worst point, I thought that also in July. Whether we’ve reached our peak is essentially up to us,” said Wesner. “Today, the death rates in South Dakota are higher than they were in the spring and summer. The number are down relative to where they were, but the numbers were so bad, they’re not where they need to be.”Wesner earned his Ph.D. in zoology from University of Oklahoma and M.S. in biology from Western Carolina University. Wesner traditionally studies fish ecology, but started to analyze the data Covid-19 numbers for the State of South Dakota to determine its severity in South Dakota in order to help public health officials combat the pandemic.“Testing was so sporadic, we gave up trying to track and predict the number of positive cases reported,” said Wesner. “We began tracking the number of hospitalization and deaths—the things we were really worried about happening in order to predict how many hospital beds we would need.”CreditHouris the University of South Dakota’s podcast highlighting the achievement, research and scholarship of its staff, students, alumni and faculty. FollowCreditHouron Spotify, Apple Podcasts, andwww.usd.edu/podcast.