VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota’s 24th annual IdeaFest is April 13-14. It provides students from all disciplines an opportunity to present their academic and creative pursuits through oral presentations, live performances, mock trials and panel discussions.
Danielle Buttke, DVM and Ph.D., who graduated from USD in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in ecology and political science, will present the keynote address Wednesday, April 13. As the One Health coordinator for the National Park Service, she promotes a public understanding that human, animal and environmental health are all linked, and that all species benefit when disciplines work together to promote health and conservation. Buttke has received national recognition for her previous work as an epidemic intelligence service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health.
Kathleen Brown-Rice, Ph.D., and assistant professor in the USD psychology department, will present the faculty keynote address on Thursday, April 14 with guest speaker Lee Baugh, Ph.D., assistant professor of basic biomedical sciences.
Both presentations take place at 4 p.m. each day in the Muenster University Center ballroom. Details are available at www.usd.edu/cage/ideafest.