Volleyball interview - Hofstra
Ronnie Green talks about how well the volleyball team and its seniors represent the university. Ronnie also talks about important advances in the research to help people overcome difficulties in swallowing and whether or not some people are more likely to experience those difficulties.
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[00:00:01.280]Greg Sharpe back on our Husker Sports Network studios,
[00:00:03.410]pregame for the Huskers matchup tonight
[00:00:05.220]with the pride of Hofstra!
[00:00:06.680]Round one of the NCAA Tournament, delighted to be joined
[00:00:09.510]by the chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
[00:00:12.020]Ronnie Green, and here we are and in our post-season run
[00:00:15.070]for Husker Volleyball, what a great accomplishment.
[00:00:17.510]We had senior night last weekend
[00:00:19.430]when they took on Indiana to wrap up the regular season,
[00:00:22.490]but what another great season for Husker.
[00:00:24.970]Absolutely, Greg, it's always great to see
[00:00:28.040]this team and how they play together
[00:00:29.850]and how they represent the university,
[00:00:32.100]and led by our seniors this year, of course,
[00:00:34.730]as you mentioned, they were recognized
[00:00:36.400]at the last regular season game last weekend.
[00:00:39.420]Mikaela has been such a phenomenal player for us.
[00:00:44.120]Always brag on her a little bit because she,
[00:00:46.080]I'm an animal scientist and she's an animal scientist,
[00:00:48.170]so we were kinda buds in that way,
[00:00:50.780]but she's led the team so well along with Kenzie,
[00:00:55.030]you know, who has been such a stalwart on this team
[00:00:58.020]for so long from Louisville, and Brooke,
[00:01:00.450]who came back here and has been such a help
[00:01:03.360]in building the team as Coach Cook talked about.
[00:01:06.360]So just great to be in the NCAAs
[00:01:08.510]and to be hosting again here and have Hofstra in town
[00:01:11.544]to take on the match tonight.
[00:01:13.820]Well we, last week, officially entered the holiday season
[00:01:16.360]with Thanksgiving and a time to get together with family
[00:01:19.460]and friends and enjoy great food.
[00:01:21.700]I had a wonderful Thanksgiving meal,
[00:01:23.180]I'm sure you did as well,
[00:01:24.120]and I understand Nebraska researchers
[00:01:25.740]are making some important advances in the study
[00:01:28.330]of people who face challenges enjoying a good meal.
[00:01:31.250]Tell us about that.
[00:01:32.380]Well, you know we do take it for granted.
[00:01:34.480]If you can swallow and enjoy food in a normal way,
[00:01:38.400]you take for granted that that skill and ability
[00:01:42.150]to do that, physically, not everyone has that ability.
[00:01:46.910]The ability to swallow is so automatic,
[00:01:49.030]you know we just take it for granted.
[00:01:51.040]Yet approximately one in four people
[00:01:53.410]experience a condition called dysphagia,
[00:01:56.560]that is difficulty in swallowing
[00:01:58.560]at some point in their life.
[00:02:00.470]It might be caused by a number of different things
[00:02:03.380]that create that problem
[00:02:05.470]of not being able to swallow effectively.
[00:02:07.850]Causes might be from cerebral palsy, as an example,
[00:02:11.520]or cleft palate or a brain injury
[00:02:14.320]that might cause communication to not work well
[00:02:17.290]for you to be able to swallow or stroke,
[00:02:19.910]or Parkinson's might have some impact there as well.
[00:02:24.110]And it's a disorder that actually costs
[00:02:26.470]more than four billion dollars a year
[00:02:28.870]in acute hospitalization expenses,
[00:02:31.470]and it's true that that cost may come
[00:02:35.420]in also inequality of life for the individuals
[00:02:39.020]who are affected.
[00:02:39.853]And we have a very special professor
[00:02:42.650]in our Special Ed department,
[00:02:45.010]Special Ed and Communication Disorders, Angela Dietsch,
[00:02:48.370]who is heading up some new innovative research
[00:02:50.800]exploring how physical sensation of taste of food
[00:02:55.830]might be used to remap neural pathways in the brain
[00:02:59.580]and allow us to overcome some of these problems
[00:03:02.400]with swallowing and reestablish that ability
[00:03:05.210]for people that are affected that way.
[00:03:07.670]She began investigating the linkages
[00:03:09.730]between taste and swallowing when she was a postdoc,
[00:03:13.100]and doing her research
[00:03:14.290]at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
[00:03:16.710]in Bethesda, Maryland.
[00:03:18.690]And she has completed some preliminary work
[00:03:21.970]that uses a combination of x-rays
[00:03:24.250]and magnetic resonance imaging, MRI,
[00:03:27.160]as most people know it,
[00:03:28.730]to identify this kind of brain neural pathway network
[00:03:32.090]that has great promise for this kind of condition.
[00:03:35.430]That's really exciting news.
[00:03:37.040]Were they surprised at all
[00:03:38.360]by things that they found, this research?
[00:03:40.630]Well, one surprising discovery
[00:03:42.560]was that they identified fundamental differences
[00:03:45.310]in the swallowing movements
[00:03:47.570]that are based on genetic taster status.
[00:03:50.640]It's an inherited sensitivity to taste,
[00:03:53.800]how well you can pickup taste in your taste buds,
[00:03:58.360]so to speak, and these findings might be useful
[00:04:02.030]to researchers who are investigating things
[00:04:04.320]like obesity, exercise, and effect on weight
[00:04:08.940]and weight loss as well as weight loss and bone density.
[00:04:12.590]So we're looking forward to Angela's work
[00:04:15.970]and her team to answer whether some people
[00:04:18.220]are more prone to this condition,
[00:04:20.610]and whether they may be some likely better way
[00:04:22.934]to people can benefit from treatment or pre-treat them.
[00:04:26.760]Great work for her and best of luck to her in her future.
[00:04:29.510]Thank you for sharing that with us,
[00:04:30.760]enjoy the match tonight, and let's see if this team
[00:04:32.590]can make another nice run in the NCAA Tournament.
[00:04:34.270]Looking forward to a big win, go big red.
[00:04:36.350]Tony Green with us here in our pregame.
[00:04:37.760]John Baynor has more coming up next.
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