South Dakota Forward Announces Speakers for the March for Science – Pierre Event

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South Dakota Forward Announces Speakers for the March for Science – Pierre Event

April 04, 2017 by South Dakota Forward

PIERRE, SD (2017, April 04) – South Dakota Forward is proud to announce the inclusion of three speakers for the upcoming April 22, March for Science event in Pierre. Speakers will include Amanda Bachmann, an entomology educator and trainer specializing in both “traditional” and non-traditional urban pests, Philip Ketover, noted animal behaviorist and the first researcher to successfully rehabilitate a zoo born baboon to the wild, and Roxanne Weber, a voting behavior researcher who has analyzed the voting behavior of children and adults participating in the national Kids’ Voting USA initiative.

Additional speakers will be on hand to share their perspectives and opinions regarding the future of science for upcoming generations, our environment in the coming decades, and world policies given current political trends, including scientists from high school age to seasoned career professionals.

March for Science events are scheduled across the state in Pierre, Sioux Falls, Rapid City and in Aberdeen on Earth Day, April 22. Worldwide, close to 400 marches and rallies in 37 countries are scheduled to take place on this day. The March for Science represents an unprecedented gathering of people standing together to champion science that serves the common good, and the indispensable role it plays in our lives and communities.

Marchers from across the state indicate an excitement for the event that has inspired them to participate. “I’m marching to continue the pursuit of knowledge in order to build on all the sacrifice, work, and effort those before us have invested in understanding, improving, and preserving/caring for our world, its inhabitants and its universal neighbors, said Amy Aylor, of Brookings, SD.

Mary Pistulka, Yankton, SD, adds, “I will march to do my part to raise awareness that ‘We The People’ must SAVE the Earth. There is ONE earth, the planet we call home. You can’t just declare bankruptcy, walk away, and start over.” James Bobby, Pierre, SD, states, “We must continue to keep the research going to improve technology and to better our environment. This march is meant to raise awareness for that need.”

The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest. For more information, visit their website at



South Dakota Forward is a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to moving our state and our country forward through common-sense actions and initiatives.
Speaker Bios:

Amanda Bachmann has a Ph.D. in Entomology from Penn State. She handles pesticide safety education and training for commercial and private applicators in South Dakota. As an urban entomologist, she works not only with the ‘traditional’ urban pests like bed bugs and mosquitoes but also urban pollinators and other beneficial insects.

Philip Ketover, noted animal behaviorist, was the first researcher to successfully rehabilitate a zoo born baboon to a free-living troop in Africa. Another of his noted environmental stints was his time at the Sacred Stone camp at Standing Rock assisting a veterinarian. It was during this period that the story of a wild mustang emerged, “Last Chance at Standing Rock”. Working in association with the Crow Creek Sioux, readings of Last Chance will be offered to children throughout the reservation, and beyond.

Roxanne Weber has a Master’s in Public Administration. Her research efforts have focused on the voting behaviors of both children and adults through the national Kids’ Voting USA initiative, and in developing democracies in West Africa.


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