Women's basketball vs. Michigan
Ronnie Green talks about the past calendar year in Nebraska Athletics and the latest commencement ceremonies held December 14-15. Ronnie also talked about recent international and national awards earned by UNL faculty.
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[00:00:01.250]It's half time.
[00:00:02.083]We're visiting with UNL Chancellor, Ronnie Green.
[00:00:04.080]Always happy to visit with the Chancellor
[00:00:06.170]and tying a bow on the year as we head
[00:00:08.220]into the last weekend of 2018.
[00:00:10.080]I know most often you probably think
[00:00:11.920]in terms of the academic year,
[00:00:13.600]but when you look back on calendar year 2018
[00:00:16.938]in Nebraska athletics, what stands out to you most?
[00:00:20.210]Well, Matt, it's surely been a big year
[00:00:22.810]in Husker athletics no matter how you look at it,
[00:00:25.220]with the new leadership we had come to us,
[00:00:28.390]with Bill Moos as our new AD in the last year
[00:00:30.835]and now just past his one year mark with us
[00:00:34.180]and really excited about what Bill
[00:00:36.100]is doing with the athletic department.
[00:00:38.040]And of course, Coach Frost and his first season
[00:00:41.261]with his leadership team with Husker football
[00:00:44.620]was a lot of fun to watch.
[00:00:46.530]Especially that last part of the season.
[00:00:48.360]People were really excited going into
[00:00:50.065]this next year ahead of us
[00:00:52.570]and you can't have missed, you know,
[00:00:55.835]just right before the holidays
[00:00:57.650]is the great run that our women's volleyball team had again.
[00:01:01.100]You know to be in the final four in that way
[00:01:04.580]and four years in a row,
[00:01:05.990]and to be playing in the national title game three years out
[00:01:08.751]of those four and have won it two times out of those four.
[00:01:11.885]And man, those final two games of,
[00:01:17.320]wow, it couldn't have been anymore of a draw right?
[00:01:20.965]So very, very proud of Coach Cook
[00:01:24.160]and the women's team.
[00:01:25.650]And excited for what's going on
[00:01:27.330]in our women's basketball program as well.
[00:01:30.700]Well we're happy about that.
[00:01:31.800]You know it's been a couple of weeks already,
[00:01:33.860]but we had a holiday in between.
[00:01:35.280]University of Nebraska Lincoln held
[00:01:37.020]its December commencement exercises recently,
[00:01:39.580]what were the highlights of that?
[00:01:41.120]Well, you know commencement's
[00:01:42.360]always an exciting time for us.
[00:01:44.260]Three times a year, a big May commencement.
[00:01:46.510]We just had our big December commencement,
[00:01:48.680]just before the holidays.
[00:01:50.100]Graduated the largest number we ever have had
[00:01:52.630]in our December commencement,
[00:01:53.990]just under 1600 total graduates.
[00:01:56.458]So very exciting to see them
[00:01:59.040]and see where they're headed
[00:02:00.300]and what they're gonna be doing.
[00:02:02.530]You know, our state will continue to need young talent
[00:02:05.096]and we're producing that young talent everyday
[00:02:07.372]from the University across so many different areas.
[00:02:10.320]And people that come here looking for a big 10 education
[00:02:12.863]create opportunities throughout their lifetime,
[00:02:16.404]wherever they end up in the world,
[00:02:18.180]here in Nebraska and beyond.
[00:02:20.940]We were really fortunate in our commencement ceremonies
[00:02:24.290]a couple of weeks ago to have former governor,
[00:02:27.370]former Senator Bob Kerrey as the commencement speaker.
[00:02:30.050]He had a lot of great wisdom to impart
[00:02:32.600]to our graduates as they go out in this next part
[00:02:35.410]of their lives, so exciting time
[00:02:36.740]for those newest 1600 University of Nebraska alumni.
[00:02:40.436]Oh just great stuff.
[00:02:41.666]You know graduates weren't the only ones
[00:02:43.700]on campus receiving honors this month.
[00:02:45.430]You've also had a number of faculty
[00:02:47.130]and alumni receive some national,
[00:02:49.200]and in fact, international accolades.
[00:02:51.120]What can you tell us about those?
[00:02:52.460]Well Matt, we were very proud of our faculty
[00:02:55.130]across all of our nine academic colleges her at UNL.
[00:02:59.770]And most recently, we have had several
[00:03:02.270]of our faculty single out for very significant national
[00:03:04.864]and international awards.
[00:03:07.198]Susan Hermiller, who is a Willa Cather Professor
[00:03:10.600]of Mathematics, Center College of Arts and Sciences.
[00:03:13.293]Just recently named a fellow
[00:03:15.340]in the American Mathematical Society,
[00:03:17.260]one of only 65 mathematicians from all across the world
[00:03:22.230]named to that award for this year.
[00:03:23.758]She'll receive that in January
[00:03:26.620]at their upcoming meetings for her contributions
[00:03:29.170]to combinatorial and geometric group theory.
[00:03:32.720]Very heavy theoretical mathematics
[00:03:35.370]and so a big award for Susan and for our math program.
[00:03:40.170]Two of our Huskers,
[00:03:41.660]one who is an administrator here with us at the university
[00:03:44.670]and one of our alumni have been named fellows
[00:03:47.350]of the National Academy of Inventors,
[00:03:49.470]which is a big honor
[00:03:51.620]for people who have been recognized
[00:03:53.810]for inventing new technologies
[00:03:56.020]and bringing those inventions to patten level.
[00:03:59.496]Bob Willhelm, who is our recently new,
[00:04:03.300]he joined us in May of this year,
[00:04:05.470]as our Vice Chancellor of Research and Academic Development
[00:04:08.330]for the university,
[00:04:09.562]is one of those two recipients
[00:04:12.070]of the National Academy of Inventors fellows, for his work.
[00:04:16.630]And then Lyle Middendorf who's a 1973 graduate
[00:04:20.010]of the university and is Senior Vice President
[00:04:21.764]and President of Advanced Research for LI-COR Biosciences,
[00:04:25.680]a company here in Lincoln
[00:04:27.720]that's in the bio sector as well.
[00:04:30.680]So they're part of 148 nominees and awardees
[00:04:36.430]who are receiving
[00:04:37.310]that National Academy of Inventors fellowships this year.
[00:04:40.370]And then lastly Paul Black,
[00:04:42.880]who is the chair of our department of biochemistry
[00:04:45.410]in the Institute of Ag and Natural Resources.
[00:04:47.800]Very well known lipid biochemist himself,
[00:04:51.760]named as a fellow of the American Association
[00:04:54.410]for the Advancement of Science.
[00:04:55.876]The biggest scientific society in the world.
[00:05:00.090]And it's a real honor to be named as a fellow of AAAS.
[00:05:04.120]We've had a number of our faculty over recent years
[00:05:06.820]who have received that honor.
[00:05:08.070]Paul is in that group this year,
[00:05:10.644]the lead scientist who AAAS are recognizing in February.
[00:05:14.340]So great to see these faculty awarded
[00:05:17.020]and recognized and honored nationally and internationally
[00:05:20.840]with these awards.
[00:05:21.950]Oh just a great year.
[00:05:22.950]Chancellor Ronnie Green, as always,
[00:05:23.990]we appreciate the visit.
[00:05:24.940]Great to be here, go big red.
[00:05:26.422]That's Chancellor Ronnie Gree,
[00:05:27.900]I'm Matt Coatney, it is half time.
[00:05:29.940]Nebraska and Michigan in women's basketball.
[00:05:32.260]We'll have more halftime in a few moments.
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