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USD's Annual Symposium IdeaFest Takes Place April 3-4

IdeaFest Research Symposium logo USD's IdeaFest is April 3-4.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota hosts its annual research symposium IdeaFest April 3-4. Students from all disciplines will present academic research and creative scholarship delivered through oral presentations, live performances and displays culminating in two keynote lectures.

Michelle Lavallee will deliver the first keynote address Wednesday, April 3 at 4 p.m. Lavallee is senior-level strategist with experience in six industry verticals. She currently owns her own strategy and marketing firm in Sioux Falls, The Lavallee Group, and helps companies establish their vision and create the supporting plans to ensure execution. The title of her talk is "Brand Building - For the Corporate Board Room or the University Dorm Room."

The second keynote address will feature Kory Zimney, PT, DPT, April 4 at 12:30 p.m. in the MUC Ballroom. Zimney is an assistant professor within the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of South Dakota, senior faculty with the International Spine and Pain Institute (ISPI) and researcher with Therapeutic Neuroscience Research Group and USD Center for Brain and Behavior Research. His primary teaching, research and treatment focus is with pain neuroscience, therapeutic alliance and evidence-based practice for orthopedic injuries of the spine and extremities. The title of his talk is "Pain Neuroscience Education - Helping Patients Understand Why They Hurt."

IdeaFest is open to the public, and USD encourages employers and organizations to attend the symposium.

IdeaFest is sponsored by the Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the Vice-President for Research & Sponsored Programs, the Center for Academic and Global Engagement and the USD Graduate School.

Additional information about IdeaFest is available at the symposium's Google site or by contacting or 605-677-6338.


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 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 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.


Hanna DeLange
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