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Release Date Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Mines Summer 2024 STEAM Café Lineup

South Dakota Mines, in collaboration with South Dakota Public Broadcasting and Hay Camp Brewing Company, presents the Summer 2024 STEAM Café lineup.

South Dakota Mines welcomes curious minds of all ages to its summer 2024 STEAM Café presentations. 

STEAM Café, an ongoing series of free informal talks by Mines faculty, staff and visiting experts, is a partnership between the university, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, and Hay Camp Brewing Company. 

An acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, STEAM Café is held at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Hay Camp Brewing Company in Rapid City. 

The 2024 summer STEAM Café lineup includes: 

June 18, 6 p.m. 

SURF: 2035 and Beyond 
Presented by Mike Headley, executive director of the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA) and the laboratory director at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) 

The Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead is at the forefront of research in physics, geology, biology, engineering, and more. Mike Headley, executive director of the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA) and the laboratory director at SURF, will discuss the latest developments, and look to SURF’s future with an ongoing expansion effort that will pave the way for underground science for decades to come. He will also touch on the newly formed Institute for Underground Science at SURF, the effort to foster multidisciplinary collaboration with partnerships at South Dakota Mines and universities around the world, and outline SURF’s robust education and outreach program in an ongoing effort to inspire the next generation of young people to take up careers in STEM and related fields. 

July 16, 6 p.m. 
The Dinosaur in My Beer: 250 Million Years of Brewing History 
Presented by Dr. Andy Farke, South Dakota Mines alum and paleontologist  

Beer is intertwined with the origins of human civilization, but did you know that this beverage also plants its roots back in the age of dinosaurs? Time travel with South Dakota Mines alum and paleontologist Dr. Andy Farke to munch hops with Triceratops, trace the connections between malting and bird evolution, and more. The fossil record traces the evolution of ingredients such as hops and barley; geological mapping and interpretation show the link between the formation of Pangaea and the evolution of classic beer styles, and the relationship between the Ice Age and new hop varieties. Dr. Farke will show how this enjoyable beverage connects us with our planet’s history. 

August 20, 6 p.m. 
An Introduction to Meditation, Mindfulness and Interoception 
Presented by Dr. Jonathan Gibson, associate professor in the Department of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at South Dakota Mines 

Meditation and mindfulness are gaining interest in Western culture. The surge in popularity is fueled by growing evidence of their well-documented benefits. Dr. Jonathan Gibson, associate professor in the Department of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at South Dakota Mines, will cover some of these techniques and how to put them into practice, then focus on how meditation can increase interoception – our ability to sense internal body signals – and how this heightened awareness is essential to well-being. 

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Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

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