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Ronnie Green talks about research on new applications of monitoring technology, which could make it easier to identify health issues in livestock. Ronnie also discusses further the university's response to flooding in Nebraska and outlines how people can help.
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[00:00:02.080]Welcome back, SportsOn, here on the
[00:00:03.280]Husker Sports Locker. We are delighted to have
[00:00:05.410]in studio with us, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
[00:00:07.773]chancellor Ronnie Green. We're a couple of
[00:00:09.950]days away from the Red-White spring game.
[00:00:12.442]I know Husker fans are excited to see this
[00:00:14.910]football team again today. Ticket went on sale
[00:00:17.195]back in February. It just took a couple of
[00:00:19.883]days to sell out the game, for a second
[00:00:22.259]consecutive year. Boy, I don't know if
[00:00:24.780]we should ever be surprised about
[00:00:25.960]Husker nation and their love of this
[00:00:27.880]football program. They are there and ready to roll.
[00:00:29.870]And we have the best fans in all
[00:00:31.280]of college sports. There's no doubt about it,
[00:00:33.100]and the fact that you can sell out 80,000
[00:00:35.077]tickets in the flash of a minute for
[00:00:37.368]a spring practice game, we talk about that.
[00:00:40.680]It's a phenomenal thing. It's just who we are.
[00:00:42.968]And we should celebrate that every day, right?
[00:00:46.350]So people are tremendously excited about that,
[00:00:48.890]it's been a long winter.
[00:00:50.300]And folks are excited about coming back
[00:00:53.227]and seeing the progress that the team is making.
[00:00:55.990]I know they're excited about it, and their
[00:00:57.470]practices have reflected that.
[00:00:59.210]And so, be great to be back on the field
[00:01:01.550]to take on Coach Frost and his team's second year.
[00:01:05.677]See the development and improvement that
[00:01:07.650]we know is happening as they continue to build.
[00:01:10.070]Would be so great to see all the fans
[00:01:11.230]and alumni to come back into Lincoln for
[00:01:13.030]Saturday's game. Let's jump into some
[00:01:14.846]issues that are going on around campus.
[00:01:16.990]Most people are familiar with all the
[00:01:18.840]technology that is going on out and around.
[00:01:21.130]Smartphones, smart watches that track
[00:01:23.458]every step we take. What can you tell us
[00:01:25.712]about new research that's using technology
[00:01:28.780]to track livestock in the name of
[00:01:30.740]quicker recognition of some health issues.
[00:01:33.164]Well, y'know, we kinda live in a tech age
[00:01:35.460]that continues to grow and expand.
[00:01:37.630]Every day we learn about new applications
[00:01:39.931]of technology and new developments of technology
[00:01:43.500]for all kinds of purposes in life.
[00:01:46.403]And we have some exciting work that's
[00:01:49.170]been happening at the university, and
[00:01:50.860]our college of engineering, and our college of
[00:01:52.830]ag sciences and natural resources,
[00:01:54.790]and computer science and engineering.
[00:01:56.330]Group working together in the livestock arena.
[00:01:59.420]Where Nebraska livestock producers, y'know
[00:02:02.021]they face a continuing challenge related to
[00:02:04.962]animal health, or injury of animals.
[00:02:08.610]And management of that, and usually it's
[00:02:12.320]identifying it early, being able to
[00:02:14.220]identify how to best treat those things early on.
[00:02:18.900]So this team that's been working interdisciplinarily
[00:02:21.510]has developed precision technology that
[00:02:24.224]allows us to address this age-old problem.
[00:02:28.550]Whereby continuously monitoring animals
[00:02:31.104]and using the data to develop technology
[00:02:34.950]for this kind of identification early
[00:02:38.049]for health. So that team includes
[00:02:41.190]Lance Pérez, an electrical engineer who
[00:02:43.220]also just so happens to be the dean of the
[00:02:44.950]College of Engineering, Eric Soto
[00:02:47.052]Matuse Matteck, and animal scientists
[00:02:49.992]Ty Schmidt, and Bennie Mote,
[00:02:53.740]working on the pig side of the equation here.
[00:02:55.960]They use video footage from pigs to
[00:02:57.919]develop this technology and the algorithms
[00:03:00.422]associated with it, using machine learning
[00:03:02.904]to identify these things that will tell you
[00:03:06.410]an animal needs to be assisted.
[00:03:09.740]So based on this development, the system
[00:03:13.270]can estimate not only the behavior that tells
[00:03:16.327]you that something needs to be treated
[00:03:18.940]or identified to be treated, but
[00:03:20.650]also how the animal's performing, and
[00:03:22.700]how it's producing, and how to best
[00:03:25.040]manage that as they move forward.
[00:03:27.800]So they've used pigs to develop this
[00:03:30.590]technology, but its algorithms can
[00:03:32.840]also be used for other livestock.
[00:03:34.750]So they're expanding that to cattle,
[00:03:36.530]and horses, goats, and sheep.
[00:03:38.420]So, kinda big technology adoption.
[00:03:41.910]You can't imagine for me, ten years ago,
[00:03:45.080]thinking you could do these kinds of things
[00:03:46.880]and develop technology that will allow
[00:03:48.590]you to do these kinds of things.
[00:03:50.370]But that's the world we're living in.
[00:03:52.130]Our scientists are contributing to that.
[00:03:54.050]And they're pursuing, in this case, further
[00:03:56.340]development of this technology with our
[00:03:58.320]commercial tech transfer arm called
[00:04:00.710]NUtech Ventures, to patent that technology,
[00:04:03.100]and then to get it out in the marketplace.
[00:04:05.600]Fantastic. And great work by those gentlemen,
[00:04:07.390]and continued success to them, and in their fields,
[00:04:10.190]to keep improving technology for our ranchers
[00:04:12.599]and farming friends.
[00:04:14.830]We had you on the baseball pre-game show
[00:04:16.590]this past weekend, where we talked a lot
[00:04:18.170]about the university is responding to the
[00:04:20.000]needs of some students, and Nebraskans
[00:04:22.314]who have been affected, and are dealing with
[00:04:24.260]the horrific floods that we experienced
[00:04:26.420]during the month of March.
[00:04:27.900]In case folks did not hear our conversation
[00:04:30.490]the other day, let's go back and revisit
[00:04:32.250]some of the resources that are available
[00:04:34.340]through Nebraska Extension.
[00:04:36.000]Well, we certainly are all aware, I think,
[00:04:39.212]of the size and the scope of the damage
[00:04:44.150]and the recovery that's going to need to come
[00:04:46.136]from the natural disaster we had in March.
[00:04:50.750]The flooding and the blizzard conditions
[00:04:52.550]out further west. And now we are into
[00:04:55.922]the beginning of this recovery phase,
[00:04:59.084]as the waters have receded, and gone down river.
[00:05:03.520]And, a number of things that we have been
[00:05:06.452]wanting to make sure the university can
[00:05:10.830]help and assist in every way that we can.
[00:05:13.370]First and foremost our students, and our
[00:05:15.730]current students, and our prospective students
[00:05:17.899]who might have been directly impacted themselves
[00:05:21.290]in the flooding. We've been working with
[00:05:23.318]individual students to assure that they
[00:05:26.750]continue their studies, and they can continue
[00:05:28.611]disrupted as little as possible, for them
[00:05:32.054]to be on track for their own education,
[00:05:35.130]as well as the students coming to us in the fall.
[00:05:37.280]We've been working with students who might
[00:05:38.810]be impacted there as well.
[00:05:41.010]And then Nebraska Extension has been
[00:05:43.820]leading the effort for the University
[00:05:45.930]of Nebraska system, coordinating all of the
[00:05:47.367]campuses across the system, in working
[00:05:51.079]in the recovery effort.
[00:05:53.770]Whether that be in working directly with
[00:05:55.804]communities, and with individual people in
[00:05:58.543]those communities in the recovery effort.
[00:06:01.510]Or whether that be working with ag producers
[00:06:03.700]who had losses, that are working to begin
[00:06:06.830]to recover, or are on the long road to recovery
[00:06:09.140]for them. Or whether it be providing legal aid,
[00:06:12.100]our law college has been providing legal aid
[00:06:15.534]through students and communities working with
[00:06:18.150]disaster assistance, and accessing that
[00:06:20.661]disaster assistance. Or whether it be in
[00:06:24.350]mental health, or in stress-related aspects
[00:06:29.260]of the mental health piece of this, or
[00:06:31.210]the public health pieces of this.
[00:06:32.910]The University of Nebraska Medical Center
[00:06:34.680]has been very integrated into that effort as well,
[00:06:38.329]across the state. And then lastly,
[00:06:41.265]we have a number of folks who want to help, right?
[00:06:45.705]As citizens of the state, we're one of the
[00:06:49.410]largest employers in the state, so we have
[00:06:52.650]worked out policy that will help our employees,
[00:06:55.828]if they want to donate time, or volunteer,
[00:06:58.971]or work with recovery effort, for them to have
[00:07:01.855]leave from the university. Civil leave time
[00:07:04.046]that we will accommodate them to do that.
[00:07:06.980]And be involved in those volunteer efforts,
[00:07:09.500]as well as folks that want to donate leave time
[00:07:12.289]to others who need it, who are recovering themselves,
[00:07:15.307]from these efforts. And then lastly,
[00:07:19.926]we just announced this past week, that
[00:07:23.895]we're standing up, what had been called
[00:07:26.930]the Rural Serviceship Program, the Rural
[00:07:29.010]Futures Institute at the university,
[00:07:30.770]over the last number of years, has sent
[00:07:33.170]student interns from the university out
[00:07:35.750]into communities across the state.
[00:07:37.750]Usually four to five communities with
[00:07:39.700]two interns per community, to work in
[00:07:42.269]economic development, or work on projects
[00:07:45.020]in those towns for the Chamber of Commerce,
[00:07:47.550]or the government or mayor's office,
[00:07:50.430]or the Department of Economic Development.
[00:07:52.340]Or the economic development effort in that
[00:07:54.670]community, as a learning experience for them.
[00:07:58.490]We're expanding that this year, to have
[00:08:01.340]up to 50 of these interns from across
[00:08:04.030]the university, working directly in communities,
[00:08:06.783]where they're dealing with flood and disaster
[00:08:10.490]recovery, from across the university system.
[00:08:13.990]So, we're putting that in place right as we speak.
[00:08:17.650]As we finish up the school year, that will
[00:08:20.640]allow us to go to two or more of these
[00:08:24.360]students per community, that will be involved
[00:08:27.010]in that this summer. So, we're trying
[00:08:29.050]to do everything we can to assist in the recovery.
[00:08:33.266]You might have heard a little bit about
[00:08:35.100]the spring game coming up here, and we've,
[00:08:37.462]I know there's an effort there associated
[00:08:40.670]with providing assistance through the
[00:08:44.182]One Heartbeat One State effort, that
[00:08:48.340]some people have probably seen already.
[00:08:51.220]The NIT game we had here in Lincoln
[00:08:54.110]a few weeks ago, there were donations made.
[00:08:57.787]$27,000 collected from people who came
[00:09:02.110]to the game who want to help.
[00:09:04.020]That's the spirit we see throughout the state.
[00:09:06.610]And certainly through the university, and
[00:09:08.533]so we want to do everything we can to help.
[00:09:11.320]Fantastic. Folks we have not forgotten ya,
[00:09:13.110]and the university certainly hasn't as well.
[00:09:15.640]Are you going to be able to attend the game
[00:09:17.660]here in a couple of days? Is that on your plate?
[00:09:19.450]Do you have room in your schedule?
[00:09:20.470]Yeah, y'know, I am. I think I will be there.
[00:09:23.503]There's a tremendous amount of excitement
[00:09:26.059]about it as we talked about earlier,
[00:09:28.311]as there is every year. This year's even more so
[00:09:30.876]that way, I think, and we just welcomed a
[00:09:34.527]great basketball, new basketball head coach,
[00:09:36.944]and I know he'll be there that day too.
[00:09:39.707]And we'll be celebrating, as well, the folks
[00:09:43.563]who were first responders in the flooding
[00:09:46.478]and in the disaster recovery as we were
[00:09:49.200]just talking about. So, great day coming up.
[00:09:51.760]Certainly looking forward to it. Go big Red.
[00:09:54.110]Ronnie Green, with us on SportsOn.
[00:09:55.950]Again, the spring game coming up at one o'clock
[00:09:57.440]on Saturday. Our pre-game coverage of the network
[00:09:59.230]begins at 11 o'clock.
[00:10:00.774]We'll be back with more sports nightly,
[00:10:02.760]coming up next.
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