Carmin Wade of the Marshall County WOW Coalition, right, made a donation for equipment at the Britton Event Center to Glacial Lakes Area Development Executive Director Lindsey Kimber. The coalition is planning a wellness event at the Event Center on March 26.
B-H Grad To Talk To Legislators
South Dakota State University senior Alexandra Farber and junior Sydney Bormann will tell legislators about research projects designed to improve human health at the Student Poster Session Thursday in Pierre.
Both undergraduate researchers are part of the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College.
Farber, an advertising and communication studies major from Britton, gathered data on what motivates young people to use electronic cigarettes, known as vaping, for the South Dakota Department of Health. Her research will help public health officials develop a media campaign to discourage vaping. Professor Roxanne Lucchesi of the School of Communication and Journalism is her research adviser.
“I started with a subject I was basically unaware of and got passionate about it - it was a great learning experience,” said Farber. “It prepared me well for graduate school.”
Bormann, a human biology major and a member of the SDSU women’s golf team, is identifying gut bacteria that inhibit the growth of disease-causing microorganisms. The Parkston native works at the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory under the supervision of Assistant Professor Joy Scaria in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. Bormann’s project was supported through funding from the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the American Society for Microbiology.
“The time I’ve spent in the lab has been invaluable to develop as a student and as a researcher,” said Bormann, who hopes to be-
Despite the wet weather pattern that has defined February, looking ahead to March, there is some uncertainty in the outlook.
“There is some indication that in early March this wet pattern will subside and turn drier. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of confidence in the latter part of the month. As a result, there are equal chances for wetter, drier or near average precipitation,” Edwards explained.
Looking to spring, Edwards said many are concerned by flood potential.
“The southeastern part of the state is holding a lot of moisture from 2018 in the soils, sitting in fields and ditches. Even if we experienced average winter precipitation, this region of the state is likely to flood again this spring when snowpack melts,” Edwards said.
In the northeast and east central regions of the state, measurements show four to eight of moisture currently held in the snowpack.
Ideally, Edwards said temperatures above freezing in the daytime and below freezing at night would allow snow to melt and ground to thaw gradually.
“However, the longer we hold onto cold temperatures, the more likely these ideal conditions will not occur. It is more likely that we will have a rapid warm up when spring temperatures do arrive, which suggests much of eastern South Dakota will see some minor to moderate flooding in the James, Vermilion and Big Sioux River Valleys.”
The National Weather Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are keeping a close eye on snowpack conditions throughout the Missouri River system and will be issuing flood updates as the snowmelt season begins.
Spring moisture is good news for those in western South Dakota who rely on snowmelt for pasture, range and forage production.
“It is optimistic for a good start for grasses and forages to grow this grazing season,” Edwards said. “Snowmelt and rain can also help fill stock ponds as cattle are turned out to graze.”
Currently no area of the state is experiencing abnormally dry or drought conditions.