2013 Celebration of Scholarship


Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Dickinson State University, Murphy Hall



Keynote Photo - Ann Wilson
Ann Wilson, Ph.D.
Professor of Human Development, South Dakota State University

Dr. Ann L. Wilson has devoted her career to promoting the well being of infants and young children through education, research, advocacy, public policy and mental health. Undergraduate work at Lewis and Clark College took her to the Merrill Palmer Institute for Child Development where her love of child development began. There she spent time at its historic Laboratory Preschool that led to future work with lab schools at the University of Iowa, Michigan State University and now at South Dakota State University. Dr. Wilson’s career has intersected the worlds of early childhood education, pediatrics, psychiatry, ethics, and public health. Upon completing a post doctoral fellowship in Infant Mental Health at the University of Michigan, she 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 she 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 the past 25 years she has authored an annual publication on the State of South Dakota’s Child. This diverse background enriches her current work with undergraduate student research that encourages the ability to interpret observations of infants and recognize infants’ self-initiated learning and problem solving skills.



8:00 Opening greeting by Dr. Cynthia Pemberton, VPAA
8:15-9:20 Session I
A. Nursing & Natural Sciences (Murphy 155)
B. Literary Excursions (Murphy 117)
9:20-9:30 BREAK
9:30-10:35 Session II
A. Education & Movement Training (Murphy 155)
B. Creative/Dramatic Presentations (Murphy 117)
10:35-10:45 BREAK
10:45-11:45 Session III
A. Agriculture (Murphy 155)
B. Creative/Dramatic Presentations (Murphy 117)
12:00 Luncheon
12:40-1:30 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ann Wilson in the Student Center Ballrooms
1:45-3:00 Session III
A. Brain & Body (Murphy 117)
B. Modern Society (Murphy 155)
3:00-5:00 Poster presentations in Murphy Hallway
5:00 Awards and recognition ceremony in Murphy 117