Football interview vs. Northern Illinois
Ronnie Green talks about traveling to Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island and the university's strengths in research that advances precision agriculture. Ronnie also talks about a new grant that will help the university help prepare more students to develop their talent and skills in STEM areas and expand the workforce in Nebraska.
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[00:00:01.273]We welcome you back to
[00:00:02.106]Count Down to Kick Off here on the Husker Sports Network.
[00:00:03.960]Tonight the Big Red back home to take on Northern Illinois.
[00:00:06.690]In fact all of the Husker teams are back home this weekend.
[00:00:10.430]The Ameritas Classic with volleyball
[00:00:11.840]wrapped up earlier today.
[00:00:13.060]Soccer had a home match last night, another one tomorrow,
[00:00:16.320]and as we do each and every week,
[00:00:17.410]a chance to sit down with
[00:00:18.300]University of Nebraska Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green,
[00:00:20.780]and yeah it's great to have these teams back home,
[00:00:23.040]but before we jump into
[00:00:23.930]that I just want to get your thoughts again
[00:00:25.710]about the amazing incredible turn out last week
[00:00:29.220]out in Boulder of Husker fans
[00:00:31.040]that came out to cheer on that team.
[00:00:32.480]They just absolutely took that stadium over.
[00:00:34.853]Oh it was a really amazing thing
[00:00:37.500]to see all of that Red in Folsom Field.
[00:00:41.448]Its a beautiful setting there.
[00:00:43.040]You know watching a football game
[00:00:44.580]in that setting is always a beautiful sight,
[00:00:47.610]but to see that many Huskers who traveled
[00:00:50.130]and kind of took over Boulder in the front range
[00:00:53.100]to support our football team
[00:00:55.020]and our athletic programs is a really special thing.
[00:00:59.389]The game didn't quite turn our the way we wanted it
[00:01:01.610]to turn out in the end,
[00:01:02.909]but it was a great Husker Nation turn out.
[00:01:06.840]Somebody was joking, I saw it online during the game.
[00:01:10.930]I think it was Senator Ben Sasse actually,
[00:01:14.240]congratulated the University of Nebraska
[00:01:16.390]for being the only school in the country
[00:01:17.930]to have a home stadium in the Big Ten and in the Pac-12.
[00:01:21.920]I said well maybe the other four conferences too you know.
[00:01:24.830]Throw the other, all the power five in there,
[00:01:27.530]but, no, it was a really great traveling weekend.
[00:01:30.995]Thanks to all the Husker fans
[00:01:31.840]who made the trip to get out there.
[00:01:33.290]Well it is good to have all teams back in Lincoln.
[00:01:35.370]We love having our teams compete in their home venues.
[00:01:38.600]Oh we do.
[00:01:39.560]We've got basketball kind of
[00:01:40.840]kicking off their opening night coming up here
[00:01:42.730]on the 27th at PBA, gearing up for that season.
[00:01:48.010]And to have soccer playing at Hibner,
[00:01:50.136]and Volleyball playing at Devaney.
[00:01:52.890]We have some of the greatest venues in college sports.
[00:01:56.490]We were talking to the student athletes
[00:01:58.340]this past Sunday night.
[00:01:59.880]We have an annual student athlete meeting
[00:02:02.130]and we talked about how the fact
[00:02:04.450]that in Husker athletics we have the biggest going crowd
[00:02:09.380]in terms of Husker Nation of any institution
[00:02:11.960]in the country when you look at us across all sports.
[00:02:14.307]Its just a phenomenal thing.
[00:02:16.860]Well you got back from Boulder,
[00:02:18.870]but you didn't hunker down in Lincoln all week.
[00:02:21.260]You made your way out to Grand Island
[00:02:22.720]for Husker Harvest Days
[00:02:23.860]which is a big farm show here in the state.
[00:02:26.440]Well Husker Harvest Days is both a technical kind
[00:02:30.200]of trade show, where people in the agricultural community
[00:02:33.200]come together and see the latest technology
[00:02:35.290]and the newest developments in Ag out at Grand Island.
[00:02:38.780]West of Grand Island every year,
[00:02:40.540]and this year was another big event for Husker Harvest Days.
[00:02:44.320]A lot of Nebraskans
[00:02:45.680]and people from all over the region were there.
[00:02:48.770]UNL of course, is a leading research institution
[00:02:52.900]in the Ag space especially
[00:02:54.830]and Ag and natural resources,
[00:02:56.740]where Ag is kind of the center of the universe here.
[00:03:00.210]We're the center of the universe
[00:03:01.550]for agriculture in Nebraska.
[00:03:03.772]A lot of work and precision agriculture.
[00:03:07.550]Just around the kinds of technology
[00:03:09.490]that folks were seeing at the Husker Harvest Days.
[00:03:12.250]We have a big robotic pheno typing program
[00:03:14.970]that's housed out at Nebraska Innovation Campus.
[00:03:17.270]When you're driving down Salt Creek Roadway,
[00:03:19.040]you see those purple green houses at night,
[00:03:23.460]that's one of the world's leading places
[00:03:25.900]for what's called robotic pheno typing in plants
[00:03:28.900]for full scale and commercial agriculture.
[00:03:30.916]Its a very valuable research area for us.
[00:03:34.880]We've got work going on in things like Fitbit for corn.
[00:03:39.120]One of our leading plant biology groups
[00:03:42.063]have developed a Fitbit like sensor to be worn by corn
[00:03:45.920]and other kind of thick stemmed crops
[00:03:48.200]that measures the rate of sap flow,
[00:03:51.010]water flow, in real time and in actual fields
[00:03:54.450]and in changing weather conditions
[00:03:55.980]so we can get more and more precise about the crop.
[00:03:59.612]More crop per drop so to speak.
[00:04:02.740]So the university for a long time
[00:04:06.700]has been an international leader in this field
[00:04:08.960]and of course Husker Harvest Days this past week
[00:04:11.610]with all our Ag community in the state
[00:04:13.630]was an important event for agriculture in Nebraska.
[00:04:18.380]Getting busy with
[00:04:19.213]University of Nebraska Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green
[00:04:21.050]here on Count Down To Kick Off.
[00:04:22.910]Big even out there in Grand Island, Husker Harvest Days.
[00:04:24.980]University made some news recently
[00:04:26.700]with an important new program that will make life better
[00:04:28.820]for students and employers across the state.
[00:04:31.330]What can you tell us about that?
[00:04:33.360]Well Greg, we did make an announcement
[00:04:35.430]a little over a week ago of a new grant
[00:04:38.490]that has come to the University of Nebraska Lincoln,
[00:04:41.260]in the STEM work force area, science,
[00:04:43.390]technology, engineering, mathematics, high tech,
[00:04:47.180]that is going to help us prepare more students
[00:04:51.120]for this area in the work force for this area.
[00:04:55.040]Its a five year 3.6 million dollar grant
[00:04:58.410]from the National Science Foundation
[00:05:00.650]that's going to allow us more than 120,
[00:05:03.320]low income Nebraska students
[00:05:05.196]to benefit from studying in science,
[00:05:08.370]technology, engineering, and math.
[00:05:11.370]Its a partnership effort with South East Community College,
[00:05:15.240]and with Western Nebraska Community College
[00:05:17.410]out in the panhandle, where we'll be working
[00:05:20.180]with academically gifted low income students
[00:05:23.116]to help them enter this area
[00:05:26.230]to go into the work force after they graduate,
[00:05:29.260]finish their degrees.
[00:05:31.040]Jim Lewis is the leader of that.
[00:05:33.010]Jim is as faculty member in our department of mathematics
[00:05:35.910]in the College of Arts and Sciences on campus.
[00:05:38.840]He's been a leader in this area,
[00:05:41.410]nationally and internationally for a long time.
[00:05:44.010]He directs what's called the Center For Computer Science
[00:05:47.400]and Math Education on our campus
[00:05:49.720]that's a national leader in this arena.
[00:05:53.400]And he's the leader of this effort together
[00:05:56.620]with South East and Western Nebraska Community College.
[00:06:00.570]Students will be starting in it this coming spring.
[00:06:03.900]We'll have six to eight students in the first cohort
[00:06:07.050]that will receive funding to be supported under the effort
[00:06:10.340]with 20 more students to start in the fall of 2020
[00:06:14.780]for a total of 32 additional students to receive
[00:06:17.700]that scholarship going into fall 2020.
[00:06:21.180]So important area for us.
[00:06:24.800]Growth of the STEM work force we know
[00:06:27.000]is a critically important area for the state,
[00:06:32.300]and this is a big grant.
[00:06:33.800]A big opportunity for the University to contribute
[00:06:36.810]in even greater ways.
[00:06:37.910]Fantastic, thank you so much for sharing
[00:06:39.570]that exciting news with us here as well.
[00:06:41.620]Great to be back home, let's go have some fun tonight.
[00:06:43.560]Let's go get a win.
[00:06:44.810]Go Big Red, beat the Huskies.
[00:06:46.510]Ronnie Green with us on here on Count Down to Kick Off.
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