Johnson: USD will
receive medical funding U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced recently that the University of South Dakota will receive a $179,375 federal grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will be used to study the causes of Staphylococcus aureus, the common cause of staph infections, and limit its ability to spread disease. "This grant will ensure that the University of South Dakota continues to expand their research opportunities to find new innovative ways of fighting diseases," said Johnson. "I am pleased to see this funding will enable researchers to study infectious diseases to advance important work being done in South Dakota. A key part of my Hometown Prosperity Plan is investing in the public good, and this funding is a wonderful example of an investment that will help South Dakotans." Senator Johnson's Hometown Prosperity Plan is a four-pillar agenda for advancing South Dakota's economy from the federal level. The four pillars, or strategies, include "Promoting Partnerships," "Emphasizing Entrepreneurship," "Investing in the Public Good," and "Protecting Pocketbooks." The full plan includes specific actions related to each strategy and can be downloaded from http://johnson.senate.gov.