USD’s Missouri River Institute director to give keynote address at Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation annual meeting

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Tim Cowman, director of The University of South Dakota’s Missouri River Institute, will deliver the keynote address at the 43rd Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Annual Meeting on Monday, Aug. 1 in Omaha, Neb.

As part of the Foundation’s annual meeting July 30 through Aug. 3, Cowman is one of several speakers and presenters. His presentation, “Changes in the Missouri River Valley Landscape between Yankton and Omaha since the Lewis and Clark Expedition,” will address the early origins of the Missouri River and its physical changes in the last 200 years. Cowman, who has served as director of the Missouri River Institute since 2007, will also discuss how the cultural aspects of the river have changed since Lewis and Clark’s journey.

“USD is fortunate to have such an important research resource as the Missouri River Institute,” said Laura Jenski, vice president of research at USD. “The Institute’s research helps facilitate understanding of the short-term and long-term consequences of the current flooding and makes predictions regarding future flooding.”

A photo of Cowman is available for download at For more information about the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation’s annual meeting, go to


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 198 undergraduate and 79 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hailie Warren
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