Football interview vs. Purdue
Ronnie Green talks about important research on human nutrition and the prevention of obesity and obesity-related diseases, including a recent reinvestment by the NIH in that research at Nebraska. Ronnie also talks about national recognition of UNL biological sciences professor Brian Couch for his excellence in advancing methods of teaching.
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[00:00:03.390]Welcome back to our Countdown to Kick-off show.
[00:00:05.040]Huskers and Boilermakers with a little
[00:00:06.840]afternoon eastern time starts 12:05,
[00:00:09.437]11:05 back in the Eastern Time Zone.
[00:00:12.890]May end up being a fairly decent day here
[00:00:14.710]for Husker football.
[00:00:16.260]Well, each and every week
[00:00:17.300]we have the pleasure of chatting with
[00:00:18.880]the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green.
[00:00:21.390]If memory serves, two years ago when we came here,
[00:00:24.030]you were already on,
[00:00:25.240]you already had boots on the ground 'cause you came in
[00:00:27.090]and did a little guest lecturing here, correct?
[00:00:29.310]That's right Greg, you jogged my memory.
[00:00:31.920]I was talking about that this morning,
[00:00:34.190]I was here a few days early
[00:00:35.850]before we played the game with the Boilermakers,
[00:00:38.880]had come back to give a guest lecture here,
[00:00:41.590]a series of guest lectures on the Purdue campus.
[00:00:44.160]It's great to be back in West Lafayette.
[00:00:45.880]It's a little sunnier today than it was two years ago.
[00:00:48.010]I think it was kind of cold and gray that day.
[00:00:50.723]But good to be back.
[00:00:51.790]Known as an engineering school they do have
[00:00:53.950]an Ag component here as well, don't they?
[00:00:56.250]Yeah Purdue's the Land-Grant university
[00:00:58.500]for the state of Indiana, a tremendous institution with
[00:01:01.990]a strong, strong reputation in engineering in particular
[00:01:05.300]but also one of the leading Ag schools in the country.
[00:01:09.450]A great place!
[00:01:10.530]Purdue's got quite a reputation
[00:01:13.170]and we're looking forward to taking them on today.
[00:01:15.580]So does the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[00:01:17.550]We Husker fans should never take for granted the commitment
[00:01:20.930]that Nebraska makes to the education of student athletes.
[00:01:24.770]A couple of weeks ago we got some incredible news
[00:01:26.910]about how Nebraska student athletes have had
[00:01:28.700]success in the classroom.
[00:01:30.190]What details do you have about that?
[00:01:32.250]Well Greg we are very proud of our student athletes
[00:01:35.090]across all of Husker athletics.
[00:01:38.450]They're a leader nationally
[00:01:39.390]and have been throughout our history.
[00:01:41.820]We got good news again this year,
[00:01:43.910]our graduation success rate has hit an all-time high
[00:01:47.140]for Husker athletics.
[00:01:49.230]This year our student athletes posted
[00:01:51.260]a 93% NCAA graduation success rate,
[00:01:54.550]or what they call the GSR in the NCAA,
[00:01:57.860]that continues our long tradition
[00:02:00.270]of outstanding performance in the classroom
[00:02:02.740]of our student athletes.
[00:02:04.670]It's the seventh consecutive year that we've had
[00:02:06.840]our highest recording on the GSR
[00:02:09.880]so we're proud of that trajectory
[00:02:11.500]that our student athletes are on.
[00:02:13.440]10 of our Husker teams achieved
[00:02:15.270]a perfect 100% graduation success rate
[00:02:19.210]including our women's basketball program,
[00:02:21.200]women's gymnastics, rifle, soccer,
[00:02:23.700]softball, swimming and diving, women's tennis, volleyball,
[00:02:26.950]men's gymnastics and men's tennis.
[00:02:29.420]And our women's tennis and volleyball programs
[00:02:32.520]and our women's basketball programs
[00:02:34.820]have achieved a perfect GSR in each of the 15 years
[00:02:39.330]that it's been presented by the NCAA
[00:02:42.970]so we're very, very proud of that.
[00:02:45.783]And you know we talk often,
[00:02:47.180]and it's a statistic that we're very proud of,
[00:02:50.190]having 338 academic All-Americans including Angela Mercurio
[00:02:55.150]who just recently from our track and field program
[00:02:58.300]was named the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.
[00:03:03.030]So continuing that academic success of Husker athletics.
[00:03:06.530]She is slated to come back for the Iowa game,
[00:03:08.940]the final game of the regular season.
[00:03:10.440]She's gonna be honored on the field at half-time
[00:03:12.190]and we certainly are proud of her.
[00:03:13.860]That is an amazing honor that she got.
[00:03:15.750]Husker athletics is also known for its leadership
[00:03:18.030]in nutrition for student athletes.
[00:03:20.150]Fans, may not know how highly regarded Nebraska is
[00:03:23.540]for its research in nutrition.
[00:03:25.300]What can you tell us about the work of nutrition
[00:03:27.210]and it's focus on campus?
[00:03:28.780]Well, it's part of that Land-Grant mission for us
[00:03:31.340]at the University of Nebraska,
[00:03:32.870]our program in Human Nutrition,
[00:03:34.880]in Nutritional and Health Sciences as we call it.
[00:03:37.410]It's in our College of Education and Human Sciences.
[00:03:40.680]The university has a long-standing reputation as
[00:03:43.980]one of the leaders nationally in this field.
[00:03:46.740]And currently we got some news just in the last few weeks
[00:03:51.550]about one of the centers that's housed there
[00:03:54.280]in Nutrition and Health Sciences called
[00:03:56.800]the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of
[00:03:58.580]Obesity Diseases through Dietary Molecules.
[00:04:01.590]We refer to it affectionately as N-POD.
[00:04:04.480]It's a center that started five years ago
[00:04:07.070]funded by the National Institutes of Health,
[00:04:10.440]directed by Janos Zempleni who is one of the faculty members
[00:04:13.970]in Nutrition and Health Sciences leads the center.
[00:04:17.220]They just recently received a new 11 million dollar grant
[00:04:20.420]from the National Institutes of Health
[00:04:22.280]for the next five years of their work.
[00:04:26.200]So it's a reinvestment in the center's work,
[00:04:28.980]an exceptional investment by NIH standards
[00:04:31.580]to see that now twice in a row.
[00:04:34.480]And what they're doing at N-POD is
[00:04:37.040]they're looking to be a leader in the prevention of
[00:04:39.560]obesity and obesity diseases at the molecular
[00:04:42.940]or cellular level in human nutrition
[00:04:45.890]to prevent things like type 2 diabetes,
[00:04:48.430]cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease,
[00:04:52.390]often consequences of obesity related
[00:04:55.670]or obesity type diseases that lead to those.
[00:04:59.170]And we know that's a major issue nationally for us
[00:05:02.790]as we've seen levels of obesity in society rise.
[00:05:06.430]So this reinvestment in research and leading in
[00:05:08.787]Nutrition and Health Sciences is a big deal for us
[00:05:11.830]and congratulations to Janos and his team in that center
[00:05:15.480]for their new re-upped funding.
[00:05:17.550]That is fantastic.
[00:05:18.710]We've talked before about how the university's
[00:05:20.670]achieving record graduation rates
[00:05:23.050]and we've talked about how student support.
[00:05:25.350]What's an example of the ways
[00:05:26.990]Nebraska's innovative in the classroom?
[00:05:29.770]Well you know from the time that I was teaching,
[00:05:32.410]15 or 20 years ago now,
[00:05:34.720]we continue to evolve in the way
[00:05:36.253]that education is delivered
[00:05:38.850]with new approaches to student learning.
[00:05:43.370]A good example of that is in our Biological Sciences program
[00:05:47.790]in the school of Biological Sciences,
[00:05:49.530]in our College of Arts and Sciences.
[00:05:50.900]Many of our incoming freshman and sophomore students
[00:05:54.720]go through intensive coursework in biological sciences
[00:05:58.350]especially those going into the health professions.
[00:06:01.040]So think pre-med, pre-dent, pre-pharmacy type students,
[00:06:06.090]the life sciences arena.
[00:06:07.730]And we, a few years ago,
[00:06:09.430]instituted a new course sequence called Life 120 and 121.
[00:06:13.940]It's that base-level understanding
[00:06:16.460]of biology for those students
[00:06:18.580]and one of the premier professors in that program
[00:06:22.230]is Professor Brian Couch
[00:06:24.180]who is a professor in the school of biological sciences,
[00:06:27.470]who has just recently been recognized
[00:06:30.230]or is being recognized for his excellence in teaching
[00:06:33.760]that Life 120 course
[00:06:36.120]by the National Association of Biology Teachers.
[00:06:39.140]He's receiving their Research in Biology Education Award
[00:06:42.960]this year nationally for pioneering work he's done
[00:06:46.980]in that course and in that series of the Life 120 course.
[00:06:51.070]So he's been leading the development
[00:06:53.430]of a suite of assessments,
[00:06:54.830]of assessing the effectiveness of teaching
[00:06:57.770]to gauge the learning at the beginning
[00:06:59.310]and the middle and the end of a major in biology.
[00:07:02.600]And I can tell you,
[00:07:03.610]I actually sat in Brian's classes a few times.
[00:07:07.230]He is an impressive educator.
[00:07:09.760]Anybody that can't learn from him in his classroom
[00:07:12.860]I'm telling you is not taking advantage of the opportunity.
[00:07:16.660]So, very proud of that kind of work that he's doing.
[00:07:20.480]To date his assessment program that he started,
[00:07:24.350]it's called BioMap,
[00:07:25.800]has been adopted by more than 60 US institutions
[00:07:29.110]around the country
[00:07:31.090]and assessed over 15,000 undergraduates from around the US.
[00:07:35.090]So, another example of leading teaching
[00:07:38.230]and leading teaching expertise with Professor Couch
[00:07:40.860]and what he is doing with Life 120 and 121.
[00:07:43.050]Well thank you so much for shedding some light on Brian
[00:07:45.800]and congratulations to him.
[00:07:47.090]I love hearing these stories
[00:07:48.210]and I know you like to talk about your faculty members.
[00:07:50.770]You're so proud of so many guys and girls
[00:07:52.740]who are doing wonderful work every day.
[00:07:54.550]Well, you know we are very blessed Greg.
[00:07:57.010]We have some of the leading faculty in higher education
[00:08:00.190]in the world at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[00:08:02.590]And they do amazing things every day
[00:08:06.110]in educating the next generation
[00:08:08.010]that's going to lead our state and lead our country.
[00:08:10.410]Very good, good to see you, let's have some fun today,
[00:08:12.560]let's get this one.
[00:08:13.393]Yeah, go Big Red!
[00:08:14.240]Beat the Boilermakers.
[00:08:15.073]There you go.
[00:08:15.906]Ronnie Green with us here on Countdown to Kick-Off.
[00:08:17.920]When we come back,
[00:08:18.753]Matt Coatney will check out the Big Ten Blitz.
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