Football interview - Northwestern
Ronnie Green talks about John Meacham speaking on campus as part of the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues. Ronnie also talked about the success of softball players in recently earning academic recognition and the university's leadership in high-energy physics and the Extreme Light Laboratory.
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[00:00:02.150]Welcome back, it's Countdown to Kickoff here
[00:00:04.120]on the Huskers Sports Network.
[00:00:05.150]11:06 today as the Huskers take on
[00:00:07.130]the Northwestern Wildcats and I'm glad to be joined,
[00:00:09.390]as we are each and every week,
[00:00:10.460]during our pregame with the chancellor
[00:00:11.730]at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Ronnie Green.
[00:00:14.490]We're here at the smallest institution
[00:00:17.640]in the Big 10 conference,
[00:00:18.890]and the only private institution, correct?
[00:00:20.660]But a really well renown school.
[00:00:22.660]Oh, absolutely, and Evanston Northwestern
[00:00:25.180]is one of the top-ranked schools in the country.
[00:00:27.740]It's been known, academically, for a long, long, long time.
[00:00:31.310]And one of our colleagues in the Big 10.
[00:00:33.570]It's the only private school in the Big 10.
[00:00:36.050]Great to be on the Northwestern campus.
[00:00:38.070]Well, you've had a busy week.
[00:00:39.420]One of the things you do, one of the great things
[00:00:41.170]about being around the university is having
[00:00:43.600]nice speakers and influential people from around
[00:00:46.380]the world come in and talk.
[00:00:48.280]You had a gentleman who's very well renowned
[00:00:50.620]in journalism, and an author as well.
[00:00:52.620]Oh yeah, this past week was really exciting,
[00:00:55.080]because on Tuesday night we had what's called
[00:00:58.150]the Governor's Lecture and the humanities lecture.
[00:01:00.450]It's an annual thing put on
[00:01:01.800]by the governor and the university.
[00:01:03.890]And it was also an Ian Thompson forum speaker for us,
[00:01:07.720]a big world-renown series of speakers we have
[00:01:11.040]every year on our campus.
[00:01:12.810]So, Jon Meacham was our lecturer on Tuesday night.
[00:01:17.090]A Pulitzer Prize-winning, presidential historian,
[00:01:20.220]very well-known author,
[00:01:21.820]New York Times bestseller list, routinely.
[00:01:25.580]And he had a very compelling message
[00:01:28.230]for about 2,000 people at the Lied Center.
[00:01:30.340]Sold out performance talking about what 1968 was like.
[00:01:35.690]We think 2018's an interesting year that we're in.
[00:01:38.790]50 years ago we were in 1968, it was a wonderful lecture.
[00:01:42.490]It was great to have Jon on campus with all of our folks.
[00:01:45.320]It's one of the great things that always happens
[00:01:46.930]around a college campus.
[00:01:48.410]Obviously, at UNL, that as well.
[00:01:50.830]We're very proud in the athletic department
[00:01:52.340]of the total student experience;
[00:01:55.080]and that's life skills and doing really well
[00:01:57.290]in the classroom.
[00:01:58.123]You got some good news about some student athletes
[00:01:59.800]this week, didn't you?
[00:02:00.633]Oh, we did.
[00:02:01.466]Well, you know we often say
[00:02:03.220]we're the only place in the country
[00:02:04.810]to have over 300 academic all-Americans.
[00:02:07.020]333, to be exact, currently.
[00:02:09.700]Lead the nation in that respect
[00:02:11.410]and have for a long, long time.
[00:02:13.520]We had some more academic honors come
[00:02:15.410]to some of our student athletes here recently.
[00:02:18.930]Last week, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association
[00:02:22.120]announced their 2017-18 All-America Scholar Athletes,
[00:02:26.840]and our team was recognized very strongly in that way.
[00:02:30.590]We led the Big 10.
[00:02:33.010]Ranked 18th overall among all the teams
[00:02:35.690]that are on the list in women's softball.
[00:02:37.820]Ohio State ranked second in the conference and 53rd overall,
[00:02:41.600]to give a little comparison in the Big 10.
[00:02:43.260]So, very proud of our student athletes.
[00:02:46.430]10 of our current and former Huskers were honored
[00:02:49.080]for their achievements in the classroom last academic year.
[00:02:52.600]A very impressive list of women student athletes here
[00:02:56.890]that we're very, very proud of.
[00:02:58.750]We actually lead the nation in this category
[00:03:01.810]and all softball programs nationally
[00:03:04.080]with 30 CoSIDA all-Americans.
[00:03:07.120]Very, very proud of these young ladies
[00:03:09.980]and all of our student athletes,
[00:03:11.350]in terms of their academic achievements.
[00:03:13.250]Fantastic work by all them.
[00:03:14.690]Congratulations to all them, as well.
[00:03:16.330]When we talk about student athletes and performance,
[00:03:18.650]and you hear Coach Frost say, "We want more speed,"
[00:03:21.130]guys with speed.
[00:03:22.350]Very important part of football,
[00:03:24.640]and for his vision for this team.
[00:03:26.180]Some high energy physics research
[00:03:28.290]is being done at the university,
[00:03:30.340]as moving things close to the speed of light!
[00:03:33.000]What kinds of applications
[00:03:34.470]could that research have in the future?
[00:03:36.170]Well, you know, Greg,
[00:03:37.980]we have a very strong, world-renown program in physics,
[00:03:43.000]in our Department of Physics and Astronomy
[00:03:44.720]in the College of Arts and Sciences.
[00:03:46.660]And one of the areas that we really lead in
[00:03:49.610]is in this area of extreme laser light.
[00:03:53.000]Using lasers and learning from light
[00:03:56.310]and the speed of light, so to speak.
[00:03:58.450]Led by Professor Don Umstodder,
[00:04:00.870]one of our professors in the Physics Department.
[00:04:04.080]He's working with this laboratory
[00:04:06.240]that we built over the last number of years.
[00:04:08.690]Located just down from Memorial Stadium,
[00:04:11.060]in Balin Hall, there on campus.
[00:04:14.550]With applications in medicine and in engineering
[00:04:17.230]and in security related to national defense, especially.
[00:04:21.870]And it's making a significant impact.
[00:04:23.830]They just recently released some results
[00:04:28.070]that they refer to as The Optical Rocket,
[00:04:31.720]meaning that the plasma electrons,
[00:04:34.150]now we're really into some technical stuff here,
[00:04:36.490]for our listeners.
[00:04:39.090]In the paths of intense laser light pulses,
[00:04:42.810]that they can measure in this laboratory,
[00:04:46.130]were almost instantly accelerated to the speed of light.
[00:04:49.710]So there's a huge number of applications
[00:04:52.340]that can come out of that kind of work,
[00:04:55.310]and we're very excited about what that might mean.
[00:04:58.960]So, put it in context,
[00:05:01.260]these electrons are subjected to a force
[00:05:03.770]that is almost a trillion, trillion,
[00:05:06.110]that's two trillions times greater than that felt
[00:05:09.210]by an astronaut that's launched into space.
[00:05:11.490]So it gives you an idea of the power,
[00:05:13.590]or potential power, of use of these.
[00:05:18.800]There's some applications they're thinking about
[00:05:20.960]and how this kind of technology,
[00:05:23.250]and it might lead to being able to propel spacecraft
[00:05:26.320]in the future.
[00:05:27.750]We've heard about the next mission
[00:05:30.520]in space-related defense, especially.
[00:05:34.060]So it's groundbreaking research
[00:05:35.760]that we're very, very proud of in our physics program
[00:05:38.490]and extreme laser light laboratory.
[00:05:40.590]Absolutely, you should be.
[00:05:41.423]Where does this type of research fit in the physics world
[00:05:44.860]and is this an area where Nebraska's particularly strong?
[00:05:48.140]It certainly is,
[00:05:50.270]and a reflection of that was earlier this fall.
[00:05:54.390]We had a group from around the United States
[00:05:57.040]come to Nebraska for the first meeting
[00:06:00.520]of what's called the Lasernet US Group,
[00:06:03.990]where the Department of Energy was convening these folks
[00:06:07.820]from around the country who work in some of these areas.
[00:06:10.740]They considered us to be the leading lab in the country,
[00:06:14.260]along with places like Michigan and Johns Hopkins
[00:06:17.040]and Stanford and very well-known research institutions.
[00:06:23.440]They came here to convene together and to develop a network,
[00:06:28.020]and a core competency in this area around the country.
[00:06:31.980]So, we're very, very proud of this work.
[00:06:35.030]We look for great things to come from it in the future,
[00:06:38.670]like we were talking about,
[00:06:39.890]in all of these areas of application.
[00:06:42.753]Great stuff and thank you for sharing a little bit
[00:06:44.950]of a peek behind the curtain in physics here at UNL.
[00:06:47.930]Enjoy the game today.
[00:06:48.763]We'll see you back in Lincoln next week.
[00:06:50.430]Absolutely, go Big Red!
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