Mines News

Release Date Tuesday, April 5, 2016

James Stone to Deliver Keynote on ‘Food-Energy-Water Nexus’

James Stone, Ph.D. SD Mines

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 5, 2016) – James Stone, Ph.D., a South Dakota School of Mines & Technology faculty researcher, will deliver the John T. Loucks Distinguished Lecture keynote address at the 2016 Western South Dakota Hydrology Meeting on Thursday, April 7. The 14th annual conference is expected to draw 350 scientists, industry professionals and community members.

Stone’s research includes a variety of collaborative inter-disciplinary projects focusing on sustainability and the environment.

“Water, Food and Energy—Connections, Challenges and Solutions” is the theme for this year’s conference, which includes Stone’s noon luncheon keynote, other invited presentations, four technical sessions and a poster session. All events will happen at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.

Organized by the U.S. Geological Survey, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a partner in the conference organizing committee, along with the National Weather Service, RESPEC Consulting & Services, South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and West Dakota Water Development District.

Nearly 30 School of Mines faculty members and students will give presentations or moderate sessions at the conference. Stone’s John T. Loucks Distinguished Lecture, entitled “Food/Energy/Water Nexus Challenges and Potential Solutions for the Northern Great Plains,” is sponsored by the West Dakota Water Development District.

The meeting is an opportunity for reporters, scientists, students and community members to meet and exchange ideas, discuss issues and explore new science related to critical water resources in South Dakota.

For a complete program of events, visit the conference website.


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.


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