Black Hills State University faculty and staff are making headlines and transforming lives.

David Scarborough, associate professor of human resource management, co-authored a paper entitled, “SAS Base(R) Implementation of Information Theoretic Feature Selection for Neural Networks,” that was selected to be presented at the 2011 SAS Global Forum.

Don Altmyer, professor of business, and Sheng Yang, associate professor of business, had their paper entitled, “The Comparative Effectiveness of Web-Based and Classroom Instruction: Student Demographics vs. Learning Outcomes,” published in the December 2010 edition of Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development.


Yadi Ziaeehezarjeribi, educational outreach instructional designer, was a contributing author of Chapter 12, “Playing Games in School,” in Video Games and Simulations for Primary and Secondary Education. Ziaeehezarjeribi, along with Dr. Ingrid Graves and Dr. James Gentry, assistant professors, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas, collaborated on this chapter. The chapter proposes a framework for repurposing commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) games for enhancing learning in pre-kindergarten–12 settings. With the physical infrastructure of computer technology in place, simulations and games are becoming a viable source for educational and personal development to engage learners individually and in groups. Repurposing COTS games is a relatively low-cost solution for realizing the potential of video games for enhancing learning.

Dr. Andy Johnson, associate director of the Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education, presented results of his project, "Radiation By Inquiry" at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y. This project is designed to teach radiation to non-science college and high school students. It offers creative new ways to teach the basics of radiation and nuclear power so that almost anyone can understand what radiation is, where it comes from, and how it affects people. "This is basic scientific literacy about a very timely topic," says Johnson. "Nuclear power is currently an important part of the electrical grid, and as people become more aware of problems with CO2 in the atmosphere, nuclear power looks more and more attractive, even to some green groups. If there is a nuclear renaissance like some predict, uranium deposits in South Dakota will be mined to provide uranium fuel for reactors. It's important that South Dakotans understand the risks and benefits of nuclear power so they can make informed decisions." Johnson will also participate in a conference in Washington, D.C. for projects like “Radiation By Inquiry” that are trying to improve how science is learned. The “Radiation By Inquiry” project will make course materials available that any high school physics teacher can use in their classroom to teach about radioactivity. Computer simulations, course materials, and more information about the “Radiation By Inquiry” project are all available at http://www.camse.org/andy/radiation