Football interview - Michigan State
Ronnie Green talks about the way the seniors endured through tough years but showing leadership this year. Ronnie also talks about recent recognition of commercialization and licensing of research, and he noted a handful of those who received special recognition as Nebraska innovators.
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[00:00:02.453]Countdown to Kickoff here on the Huskers Sports Network.
[00:00:04.030]Heading to an 11:05 kick today.
[00:00:05.890]Huskers final home game of the year
[00:00:07.540]against the Michigan State Spartans.
[00:00:09.597]As we do each and every week,
[00:00:11.110]a chance to sit down with the University
[00:00:12.460]of Nebraska Lincoln chancellor Ronnie Green.
[00:00:14.900]It is the final home game,
[00:00:16.300]so the final home game for 19 seniors
[00:00:18.980]on this Husker football team.
[00:00:20.200]They've spent a lot of time on this campus.
[00:00:22.120]Been through a transition of a coaching change,
[00:00:24.600]but seem to be playing their best football
[00:00:26.160]maybe here at the end of the year.
[00:00:27.620]What's your take on this senior class
[00:00:29.200]as they prepare for their final home game?
[00:00:30.930]Well big day,
[00:00:31.890]senior day every year is a big day,
[00:00:33.680]and as you said this group of seniors
[00:00:36.290]have kind of persevered through
[00:00:38.710]a couple of pretty tough seasons for them.
[00:00:41.360]But they've competed well this year,
[00:00:43.320]and are now coming on in the way
[00:00:44.720]that we see the team progressing
[00:00:46.800]forward every week.
[00:00:47.710]It's great to see.
[00:00:49.590]We have some great leaders on this team,
[00:00:52.680]Luke Gifford, and Stanley Morgan,
[00:00:54.760]and Mick Stoltenberg, Jerald Foster.
[00:00:57.570]Three of those four grew up right here in Lincoln,
[00:01:00.760]or in Nebraska.
[00:01:01.940]Jerald, of course, in Lincoln.
[00:01:03.831]And of course, Stanley,
[00:01:05.310]I remember having Stanley in class
[00:01:07.000]about a year and a half ago, out of New Orleans,
[00:01:10.600]but has had a great year himself as a leader.
[00:01:13.970]And all these other seniors,
[00:01:15.630]who have been part of the team.
[00:01:17.500]But, it would be remiss not mention
[00:01:19.800]specifically Devine Ozigbo.
[00:01:22.510]What a story.
[00:01:23.440]Wonderful example of being willing
[00:01:25.600]to stretch his strengths to make the team better
[00:01:28.190]along with these other leaders
[00:01:29.780]being flexible to ask what the coaching staff
[00:01:32.680]has asked of all them as they've gone
[00:01:35.620]through this transition.
[00:01:37.760]He's accomplished just so much.
[00:01:39.400]Fifth in the nation in rushing yards per carry.
[00:01:42.340]42 yards away from a 1,000 yard season running the ball.
[00:01:45.970]It's just great to see what kind of year he's had
[00:01:48.157]and the rest of the team.
[00:01:49.770]So a real legacy that they're leaving
[00:01:51.500]and a chance to honor them here today at the game.
[00:01:53.773]Kind of the base of the foundation
[00:01:55.370]for what this program, I think's,
[00:01:56.290]gonna be like down the road.
[00:01:57.380]So the seniors being honored today.
[00:01:59.190]Last week you were part of an event
[00:02:01.210]that honors some of Nebraska's top innovators.
[00:02:03.610]What can you tell us about that?
[00:02:05.330]Well you know what,
[00:02:06.540]we talk a lot about research at the University,
[00:02:09.090]and what that does and the impact that it has.
[00:02:12.340]Especially in areas that are really important to Nebraska.
[00:02:15.820]But that research also ends up making it's way into
[00:02:19.600]the public and having an impact through commercialization,
[00:02:24.190]and through development of new companies,
[00:02:26.180]and new technologies, and so forth.
[00:02:28.740]The arm of the University here
[00:02:30.370]that really works with our researchers
[00:02:32.530]to those next steps in the commercialization,
[00:02:36.040]and in that patents and licensing,
[00:02:38.230]and developing of companies
[00:02:40.740]is called NUtech Ventures.
[00:02:42.652]This last week was a big week around research,
[00:02:47.401]in early November, first week of November,
[00:02:50.201]about our research program in general.
[00:02:54.090]But also about commercialization of our research.
[00:02:57.151]Nutech Ventures hosted a awards ceremony
[00:03:01.410]where we highlighted innovators of the year.
[00:03:04.680]It's become part of our tradition here.
[00:03:06.597]Recognize some of these researchers
[00:03:08.610]who really have been leading innovators
[00:03:10.750]in getting new technology coming out of research
[00:03:13.740]moving into the field.
[00:03:15.690]What were some of the awards
[00:03:16.860]that were handed out then in 2018?
[00:03:18.890]Well, several people recognized.
[00:03:21.430]They started these awards about three years ago.
[00:03:24.583]So this new class of awardees is an outstanding example
[00:03:28.871]of commercialization of research,
[00:03:30.990]as I mentioned a minute ago.
[00:03:32.940]Breakthrough Innovation of the Year award
[00:03:35.172]was given to Ben Terry,
[00:03:37.510]who is one of our mechanical and materials engineers
[00:03:40.350]in the College of Engineering.
[00:03:42.181]Ben and his co-inventors developed
[00:03:44.530]a capsule based mechanism that
[00:03:46.420]attaches to the GI tract in people.
[00:03:49.420]It can be used as a biosensor.
[00:03:51.140]Provides real time data, monitoring, and diagnostics.
[00:03:54.970]And has real application in drug delivery,
[00:03:57.310]more targeted and specific drug deliveries.
[00:03:59.900]So Ben was recognized with that award.
[00:04:02.770]The Emerging Innovator of the Year award
[00:04:04.970]was presented to Bill Kreuser,
[00:04:07.150]who is over in our agronomy and horticulture department
[00:04:09.400]in the Institute of Ag and Natural Resources.
[00:04:11.730]He's a turf grass scientist,
[00:04:15.323]you'll think of golf greens and turf grass.
[00:04:17.840]He's developed a software application
[00:04:20.560]called Green Keeper,
[00:04:22.140]that helps turf grass managers,
[00:04:24.070]thinking again like golf course managers,
[00:04:26.810]determine when to apply fertilizer
[00:04:28.780]or other turf products for specific
[00:04:31.960]and optimal management of turf grass.
[00:04:33.840]So recognize with the Emerging Innovator of the Year award
[00:04:37.411]in that capacity.
[00:04:40.290]The Startup Company of the Year award,
[00:04:42.520]awarded to Epicrop Technologies,
[00:04:44.370]which is a company that developed
[00:04:45.740]out of the University here about five years ago.
[00:04:48.480]Sally MacKenzie, one of our lead scientist
[00:04:50.650]in the Center for Plant Science Innovation.
[00:04:52.290]She's now at Penn State,
[00:04:53.510]moved to a position there
[00:04:54.823]just in the last couple of years,
[00:04:56.730]and her colleague Michael Fromm her in Lincoln.
[00:04:58.983]This is a company that is developing
[00:05:01.520]new ways to revolutionize plants
[00:05:05.648]through epigenetic technology,
[00:05:08.920]and I won't get into the details of it.
[00:05:10.690]But it's altering gene expression
[00:05:12.720]in ways that'll make plants much
[00:05:14.620]more resilient to the environment,
[00:05:16.170]but also much more productive.
[00:05:18.890]So exciting applications there
[00:05:20.590]in the Startup Company of the Year award.
[00:05:22.650]And then the big award that we began
[00:05:24.870]giving three years ago in honor of our
[00:05:27.230]former Vice-Chancellor for Research
[00:05:28.860]and Economic Development,
[00:05:30.920]the late Prem Paul,
[00:05:32.640]is the Innovator of the Year award.
[00:05:35.620]This year was an exceptional winner,
[00:05:37.710]John Woollam, who is a long time innovator
[00:05:41.560]associated with the University.
[00:05:43.660]Internationally know expert in ellipsometery.
[00:05:48.212]He's also a Nebraska facility member
[00:05:50.670]since 1979 in Engineering.
[00:05:53.560]He has a company that is the world wide leader here
[00:05:57.530]in the production of
[00:05:58.420]spectroscopic ellipsometry instrumentation.
[00:06:01.760]Now what that means,
[00:06:03.080]in lay terms,
[00:06:04.530]is it's critical,
[00:06:06.530]this is technology that's critical to testing
[00:06:09.370]in the electronics, manufacturing, and other industries
[00:06:14.260]where you're looking at the thickness of films,
[00:06:18.570]so to speak.
[00:06:19.660]So a company's instruments and software
[00:06:22.390]are using solar cells,
[00:06:23.920]they're using energy efficient windows,
[00:06:26.030]and smart phones,
[00:06:28.020]Electronics heavily in the electronics industry.
[00:06:31.700]So pretty exciting.
[00:06:32.770]You know you look through those kinds of accomplishments
[00:06:35.800]and those kinds of innovations,
[00:06:37.200]and everything from specific new innovations,
[00:06:39.730]like Ben Terry and Bill Kreuser,
[00:06:42.430]up to startup companies like Epicrop
[00:06:44.670]to long standing, kind of big companies
[00:06:47.738]that have this kind of impact,
[00:06:49.470]like John Woollam has had in his field.
[00:06:53.270]So very exciting.
[00:06:54.890]Congratulations to all of them
[00:06:56.590]and well deserved honors for their work.
[00:06:59.510]Thanksgiving week's coming up.
[00:07:00.750]Are you the bird preparer in the Green household?
[00:07:03.770]Oh I could tell you stories.
[00:07:07.010]When our kids were younger,
[00:07:09.100]and you know I'm an ag guy,
[00:07:10.420]a lot people know I'm kind of a farmer type by trade,
[00:07:14.160]and we used to raise turkeys every year
[00:07:16.913]when our kids were younger.
[00:07:18.790]We'd feed turkeys,
[00:07:19.880]and we'd raise turkeys,
[00:07:20.800]and then I'd take the turkeys to their school
[00:07:23.410]and show and tell turkeys with the kids you know.
[00:07:26.178]Then I was the harvester and provide the turkey
[00:07:30.870]to our family.
[00:07:32.050]We're a little passed that now.
[00:07:33.780]We're a little more traditional,
[00:07:35.330]but we're really looking forward to a great Thanksgiving,
[00:07:37.610]as I know all of our Husker Nation is as well.
[00:07:40.430]We have a lot to be thankful for in this season.
[00:07:44.153]Have a great time today and happy Thanksgiving to you.
[00:07:45.930]We'll have some more with our Big 10 Blitz
[00:07:47.760]Matt Coatney coming up next.
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