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USD Appoints Distinguished Professor of Research

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Hongmin Wang, associate professor and researcher in Basic Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, has been appointed the university’s Donald S. MacKay Distinguished Professor of Research.

Wang, Ph.D., will serve from Sept. 1 until June 30, 2017. His research specialties include the neurosciences and zoology/biology.

The Donald S. MacKay Professorship award was established by the late Mercedes MacKay, former South Dakota state librarian (1939-1973), who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of South Dakota, and it was named to honor her brother.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


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.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News