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2013 Celebration of Scholarships to be held April 27 at DSU

Posted on 4/10/2013

The 2013 Celebration of Scholarship at Dickinson State University will be held Saturday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Murphy Hall. This year's Celebration of Scholarship features more than 50 oral and poster presentations representing five regional universities and DSU. Topics range from prairie dogs to depression in nursing home patients, from diabetes to adolescent rampage shooters, from livestock stress to gender equality, and also include a range of creative and dramatic pieces.

Keynote speaker Dr. Ann L. Wilson of South Dakota State University will present her keynote address "Tipping the Balance to Learn: Wrestling with Ambiguity," in which she explores cognitive struggles faced in the processes of acquiring new knowledge. Wilson completed her undergraduate work at Lewis and Clark College and then attended the Merrill Palmer Institute for Child Development, where her love of child development began. There she spent time at its historic laboratory preschool which led to future work with lab schools at the University of Iowa, Michigan State University and South Dakota State University.

Upon completing a post-doctoral fellowship in infant mental health at the University of Michigan, Wilson was recruited to join the new medical school faculty of the University of South Dakota where for many years she provided developmental follow up services for the graduates of the neonatal intensive care unit. During this time, Wilson also completed a Congressional Science Fellowship with the Society for Research in Child Development in the Unites States Senate. Subsequently, she began working with tribal communities on projects to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome and infant mortality.

For more information on the 2013 Celebration of Scholarship, visit or email Dr. Suzanne Russ at

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