Men's basketball interview - Creighton
Ronnie Green talks about the university's leadership in research in food science and understanding health and nutrition. Ronnie also talks about research in the Nebraska Food for Health Center including a recent finding that the order in which bacteria stake out unclaimed territory in the human gut can have critical health implications for a lifetime. Ronnie also talks about a new startup emerging out of work of alumni who've had experience working at Nebraska's Food Processing Center.
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[00:00:01.950]Greg Sharpe back in our
[00:00:02.783]Husker's Sports Network Studio, sitting down now with
[00:00:04.730]University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green.
[00:00:07.016]The big matchup today with the Creighton Bluejays,
[00:00:09.248]you're hopin' that the home court helps
[00:00:10.703]tip the scales for Nebraska,
[00:00:12.893]but we're gonna talk tonight about diet and nutrition,
[00:00:16.390]and how that allows you to perform at a higher level.
[00:00:18.640]That's certainly been a big area of focus
[00:00:20.298]for Nebraska for decades,
[00:00:22.230]and the innovation continues.
[00:00:23.875]Well, you know what,
[00:00:25.250]we've been an innovator in that area,
[00:00:27.974]food production certainly,
[00:00:30.980]how we use food as humans,
[00:00:35.093]understanding food science and food technology
[00:00:37.860]has been an area this university has been
[00:00:40.150]a world leader in for a long time.
[00:00:41.700]We've also been a world leader in sports nutrition.
[00:00:44.190]Through Husker Athletics, we have a long legacy
[00:00:46.424]and long history there for performance nutrition,
[00:00:50.510]and we're very exited to have brought back
[00:00:53.890]Dave Ellis into the program,
[00:00:55.780]to lead our sports nutrition program and Husker Athletics
[00:00:58.600]with his new team earlier this fall.
[00:01:01.180]Exited for our student athletes
[00:01:02.680]to have that level of support,
[00:01:04.690]and it certainly makes sense in Nebraska,
[00:01:06.430]given that we're a world leader in food production,
[00:01:08.560]and understanding food and health and nutrition as well.
[00:01:12.250]There's no place like Nebraska in this area.
[00:01:14.213]Well the Nebraska Food for Health Center
[00:01:16.190]recently announced some research findings.
[00:01:18.180]What are the latest research telling us?
[00:01:21.050]Well, you know Greg,
[00:01:21.883]we're very fortunate here to have
[00:01:23.810]a world leading Food for Health Center,
[00:01:26.250]which is housed out of our
[00:01:27.902]Food Science and Technology department here at UNL,
[00:01:31.300]out of Innovation Campus and our Food Innovation Center,
[00:01:34.360]also with components at UNO, and UNMC,
[00:01:38.010]Tied together across the university system,
[00:01:41.550]where we're looking at the importance of gut microbes,
[00:01:45.940]and understanding how those microbes colonize the human gut.
[00:01:49.822]As babies are born and develop into adults,
[00:01:54.492]as well as what food,
[00:01:56.780]how me might change food inputs, or food products
[00:02:00.210]to create a healthier or longer term health
[00:02:02.821]for people as well.
[00:02:04.980]So it's a big center, a well funded center
[00:02:07.910]that's lead by Dr. Andy Benson,
[00:02:09.550]and Amanda Ramer-Tait and other faculty,
[00:02:11.510]and they just published some new research,
[00:02:14.100]Dr Ramer-Tait in fact, was the leader on this research,
[00:02:17.871]who has now found that in her most recent work,
[00:02:23.210]that the order in which these bacterial species
[00:02:26.411]stake out unclaimed territory in the gut
[00:02:29.440]as it's colonized can shape that ecosystem
[00:02:32.640]for a lifetime, for a full lifetime.
[00:02:34.550]So in other words,
[00:02:35.770]if the wrong kind of bacteria,
[00:02:37.761]or wrong populations of bacteria populate that gut early,
[00:02:42.375]there might be more predisposition
[00:02:45.170]to health issues later in life,
[00:02:48.700]so it's a very important finding in this group,
[00:02:51.901]and through the Nebraska Food for Health Center
[00:02:54.390]that is doin' innovative research
[00:02:55.930]that we believe is goin' to lead
[00:02:57.340]to much healthier use of food in the future.
[00:03:00.850]Very good, well Nebraska's also a leader
[00:03:02.120]in the science of food processing,
[00:03:03.740]including helping startup companies
[00:03:05.590]develop their own food products.
[00:03:07.070]Is that correct?
[00:03:07.903]That's right Greg.
[00:03:08.968]We've had a long reputation in this area.
[00:03:11.350]The Food Processing Center is a center
[00:03:13.840]that works with individuals in private industry,
[00:03:17.250]or groups in private industry
[00:03:18.900]around development of new products.
[00:03:21.500]A recent example is a new startup company
[00:03:24.801]that came out of three Husker alumni here,
[00:03:27.924]one of whom worked at the Food Processing Center
[00:03:31.010]when she was a student in the program,
[00:03:33.180]called Bug Eater Foods,
[00:03:34.650]and the name is actually meant to mean what it means.
[00:03:38.873]It's a company that is making food products from insects,
[00:03:43.334]or from insect byproducts, and in the last month,
[00:03:47.792]Bug Eater Foods actually introduced
[00:03:50.180]a new product called Bugsaroni,
[00:03:52.127]if you will, it's a pasta as you might guess.
[00:03:55.702]It's actually made in part using cricket flour,
[00:03:59.070]or flour made from crickets,
[00:04:00.689]so human food, made from insects that have been used
[00:04:04.947]in lots of parts of the world for a long time.
[00:04:07.850]We're learning new ways
[00:04:08.860]through this new company to do that.
[00:04:10.953]And I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention
[00:04:14.950]that in that same program,
[00:04:16.190]we have a program called FARRP,
[00:04:17.830]which is the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program,
[00:04:20.740]Also part of this food science effort,
[00:04:23.110]that works with 90 of the leading companies
[00:04:25.980]all over the world collectively together
[00:04:28.970]around everything to do with allergens related to food.
[00:04:32.150]We're known as the international place in the world
[00:04:35.330]that leads in this effort.
[00:04:36.900]Also a big part of our food efforts
[00:04:39.220]in the Food Innovation Center at NIC.
[00:04:41.290]Fantastic, thanks for sharin'.
[00:04:42.580]Enjoy the rest of the game.
[00:04:43.970]Lookin' forward to a big win
[00:04:45.440]against Creighton tonight.
[00:04:46.460]Go Big Red.
[00:04:47.430]Ronnie Green with us here at halftime.
[00:04:49.190]More second half action comin' up next.
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