Men's basketball interview vs. Ohio State
Ronnie Green talks about an upcoming opportunity to meet the Nebraska baseball team. He also talks about an exciting new development in which University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers are working with UNMC researchers and alumni working in the pharmaceutical industry.
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[00:00:03.040]Welcome back, it's half-time
[00:00:04.139]at the Huskers game against the Ohio State Buckeyes.
[00:00:05.945]Greg Sharpe at our Husker Sports Network studios.
[00:00:08.132]Delighted to be joined by University of Nebraska-Lincoln
[00:00:10.084]Chancellor Ronnie Green.
[00:00:12.088]We had snow during the week,
[00:00:13.646]you had to cancel a day of class,
[00:00:15.147]but we know we've got some spring sports
[00:00:17.216]getting ready to get goin.
[00:00:18.495]That has to be a sign that springtime
[00:00:20.671]isn't too far way, isn't that right?
[00:00:22.168]Ah yeah, it's been a little hard
[00:00:23.845]to think about spring here in the last couple of weeks
[00:00:26.244]with the kind of weather that we've had.
[00:00:28.315]Had a dicey day or two this past week for sure,
[00:00:30.780]but it is kind of just around the corner
[00:00:33.176]when you think about it in the big picture.
[00:00:34.845]And that means spring sports are on the way.
[00:00:37.429]We're still thinking about football
[00:00:39.128]with the Super Bowl and all of that goin on, right?
[00:00:41.937]But baseball is
[00:00:43.453]just about to happen
[00:00:44.777]and our Nebraska baseball fans
[00:00:46.532]are going to have an opportunity
[00:00:48.453]to meet our 2019 team
[00:00:50.420]and with Coach Erstad
[00:00:52.305]and his crew and get autographs,
[00:00:54.249]coming up here shortly on February the first,
[00:00:56.683]in about a week from 6:00 to 8:00 in the evening
[00:00:59.655]at the Hawks Center.
[00:01:00.969]So I'm looking forward to that,
[00:01:02.797]and first thousand fans there I understand
[00:01:06.535]are gonna get a free hot dog and some chips
[00:01:08.623]and some water and all that.
[00:01:10.041]So a lot of fun activities planned around
[00:01:13.255]getting out and supporting baseball
[00:01:14.882]as they get their season underway here shortly.
[00:01:16.280]It won't be long.
[00:01:17.717]Well the University recently announced
[00:01:19.237]it's leading research that could impact the lives
[00:01:22.043]of just about all of us, because it involves
[00:01:24.387]the development of drug therapies
[00:01:26.337]that could protect our loved ones
[00:01:27.343]in the military and improve life
[00:01:29.228]for someone that you might know
[00:01:31.029]that is a cancer patient receiving treatment.
[00:01:33.079]What can you tell us about this research?
[00:01:35.199]Well, we are very excited
[00:01:37.100]about a major research project that is underway
[00:01:40.832]involving our faculty in chemistry in particular
[00:01:44.107]and in bio informatics dealing with
[00:01:47.493]We're in this particular case
[00:01:50.484]working with the Department of Defense
[00:01:52.881]and some of the agencies
[00:01:53.872]in the Department of Defense on how you would treat
[00:01:57.405]or develop drugs in a develop a pipeline
[00:01:59.270]for treating people who have been exposed to radiation
[00:02:04.117]and that threat, if you will.
[00:02:06.425]And it's a kind of a unique partnership.
[00:02:09.374]So involves faculty members in our chemistry department,
[00:02:13.073]faculty members in our biochemistry department
[00:02:15.289]and bio informatics faculty at UNMC
[00:02:18.958]working together in a different kind of configuration
[00:02:22.226]to develop drugs in that pipeline.
[00:02:24.560]You know, think of the pharma industry
[00:02:26.151]and pharmaceuticals, this is kinda
[00:02:28.569]high-risk development of drugs,
[00:02:30.385]so they don't typically take on a lot of this kind of work,
[00:02:33.653]but we're very well positioned with experts that we
[00:02:37.349]have across a number of these fields
[00:02:39.877]to work on molecule development working toward
[00:02:42.630]a drug in this kind of pipeline in this way.
[00:02:45.726]So David Berkowitz, a faculty member in chemistry
[00:02:48.530]is leading this effort on behalf of the team
[00:02:51.503]from UNL along with Ken Bayles
[00:02:53.234]at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
[00:02:57.180]And very excited about that work
[00:02:59.063]and what it will bring forward for
[00:03:02.255]we believe helping in this area.
[00:03:04.340]Is there some way that you
[00:03:05.365]can involve alumni in research like this,
[00:03:08.185]and how would that come about?
[00:03:09.907]Yeah, a very exciting part of this project,
[00:03:13.036]it's about an $11 million project,
[00:03:15.712]is that a group of our alumni,
[00:03:18.822]all from the chemistry program at the university
[00:03:21.701]who are now spread over five different states
[00:03:23.932]working in the pharmaceutical industries themselves,
[00:03:27.287]are working in a consulting capacity on this project
[00:03:30.959]and are very excited about that.
[00:03:32.864]Very excited to be contributing back
[00:03:34.729]as alums to their alma mater
[00:03:37.337]and very excited about doing work that will benefit
[00:03:42.129]our war fighters so to speak, right,
[00:03:44.557]for the Department of Defense,
[00:03:46.027]through our National Strategic Research Institute
[00:03:48.127]at the university.
[00:03:49.451]Should have mentioned a minute ago
[00:03:51.109]that this is part of that effort.
[00:03:53.640]So we have this big university affiliated
[00:03:58.123]We're one of 13 in the United States
[00:04:00.372]that do work with the Department of Defense
[00:04:02.987]on areas in our case, on weapons of mass destruction,
[00:04:07.222]in this case radiation exposure,
[00:04:10.648]in a very unique kind of public-private-government
[00:04:13.823]partnership like this.
[00:04:15.660]So these alums are very excited to be involved in this work,
[00:04:20.625]and again kudos to Dr. Berkowitz and Pat Dussault
[00:04:24.512]and Tom Heliocor on our faculty
[00:04:26.486]and Ken Bayles at UNMC and the colleagues there
[00:04:29.972]on this big new effort in drug discovery.
[00:04:31.924]Very exciting research
[00:04:33.056]going on here at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[00:04:34.958]Thank you so much for sharing.
[00:04:35.791]Enjoy the second half.
[00:04:37.299]Well, loo kin forward
[00:04:38.548]to hopefully a big win, beat the Buckeyes.
[00:04:41.864]Back with more of our half-time
[00:04:43.026]coming up next.
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