Women's basketball vs. Minnesota
Ronnie Green talks about a recent alumna who made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He also talks about new opportunities for Nebraska farmers to benefit from Nebraska Extension's On-Farm Research Network.
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[00:00:00.275](acoustic guitar music)
[00:00:04.290]We're at halftime, welcome back.
[00:00:05.940]Huskers in Minnesota, from Williams Arena.
[00:00:08.680]I'm right now back in studio
[00:00:11.230]with chancellor Ronnie Green,
[00:00:12.410]as we have many times this year.
[00:00:13.680]Halfway into Big Ten Conference schedule,
[00:00:16.140]February just around the corner.
[00:00:17.900]What are you hoping to see the rest of the way?
[00:00:19.950]Well, our women had a good season,
[00:00:22.670]we're 15 and 5, and you know,
[00:00:25.090]taking on Minnesota now for the second go around,
[00:00:27.730]and they're shopping this time.
[00:00:29.147]It was a good result,
[00:00:30.790]the first time at PBA and looking forward to
[00:00:34.150]hopefully a win here tonight.
[00:00:36.800]Women are finding their feet, I think, right?
[00:00:39.870]I've kind of been jokingly saying
[00:00:42.730]we're expanding our footprint eastward,
[00:00:45.600]so we took on Iowa, we took on Minnesota,
[00:00:48.540]we took on Wisconsin, and we got a little bit
[00:00:51.060]into Michigan, and we just keep expanding
[00:00:53.310]a little bit eastward there.
[00:00:54.540]So great season so far for the women,
[00:00:56.780]looking forward to a great result.
[00:00:58.460]I love the way you say that.
[00:01:00.030]And you know, sometimes we talked about
[00:01:01.800]the post-season as a the big stage in sports.
[00:01:04.466]Husker alumna have a special experience
[00:01:07.900]performing on a big stage in the traditional sense
[00:01:10.297]early here in 2020, what can you tell us about that?
[00:01:13.230]Well, you know Matt, the biggest stage in
[00:01:16.230]the field of opera is the Metropolitan Opera in New York,
[00:01:20.040]and one of our alums here recently, Jeni Houser,
[00:01:23.210]an alum of Hixson-Leid College of Fine and Performing Arts,
[00:01:26.320]an opera alum, we have a very good opera program
[00:01:28.831]at the university, made her debut at the Metropolitan,
[00:01:33.600]performing the role of Mozart's Queen of the Night
[00:01:36.610]in the Magic Flute, a very famous opera.
[00:01:40.570]In that opera the Queen sings one of the most famous pieces
[00:01:43.910]in all of classical music, and certainly in opera.
[00:01:46.710]So Jeni has played the role with a number
[00:01:50.230]of other companies, most recently with the L.A. Opera
[00:01:53.920]in Los Angeles, and with the Dallas Opera,
[00:01:56.310]and in New York she had the opportunity to
[00:01:58.790]step in to that role when a colleague had to drop out
[00:02:01.800]of the performance for health issues.
[00:02:03.240]So great stage for her, a great debut.
[00:02:06.830]Kevin Hanrahan, here in our music program,
[00:02:09.120]is currently the President of Faculty Senate,
[00:02:11.900]made sure we knew about that as soon as it happened,
[00:02:14.980]he was very proud of this alum
[00:02:17.210]for what she's done professionally.
[00:02:19.470]Prior to coming to Nebraska,
[00:02:21.060]Jeni received her Bachelor's degree from Lawrence University
[00:02:24.080]and then lived and taught in New York City.
[00:02:27.380]When she was here as a student,
[00:02:29.492]she had leading roles in operas, including Romeo and Juliet,
[00:02:33.317]and Rigoletto, so she's an example,
[00:02:36.880]certainly at a very high level, on the stage here,
[00:02:40.750]of graduates doing great things.
[00:02:42.270]We've got lots of graduates doing great things every day,
[00:02:45.470]and in the music area, the number of music educators alone
[00:02:50.180]that come through our program and are doing that work
[00:02:53.010]out every day across Nebraska and across the world,
[00:02:55.721]are doing great things.
[00:02:57.270]So congratulations to Jeni on this
[00:02:59.030]major accomplishment in her career,
[00:03:01.280]at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
[00:03:03.840]Well, as a father of a son who was
[00:03:06.720]a music education major here and is teaching in Nebraska,
[00:03:09.170]I have great appreciation for that.
[00:03:10.670]That is awesome.
[00:03:11.720]Well, you know corn and wheat growers across Nebraska
[00:03:14.010]will have opportunities to ensure the highest performance
[00:03:16.670]in the field this year, thanks to a new grant
[00:03:19.297]earned by Nebraska Extension.
[00:03:21.410]How can Nebraska farmers get involved?
[00:03:23.720]Well Nebraska Extension, which is one of our major
[00:03:26.054]outreach arms of the University of Nebraska Lincoln,
[00:03:30.087]just received recently, a $1.2 million
[00:03:34.039]on-farm conservation innovation trials grant
[00:03:37.270]from the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.
[00:03:42.247]The grant was awarded to 14 extension educators,
[00:03:45.950]and four extension specialists, spread throughout the state,
[00:03:48.810]working with Nebraska Extension,
[00:03:50.780]through their on-farm research network.
[00:03:53.040]So this is a program that Extension's
[00:03:54.930]had going for a number of years,
[00:03:57.060]where they work directly with farmers in the field,
[00:04:00.638]collecting research data on various technologies
[00:04:05.300]and applications of those technologies.
[00:04:07.690]So producers who will be involved with this project,
[00:04:10.970]who use new technologies to more precisely apply
[00:04:13.940]nitrogen fertilizer to their crops
[00:04:16.180]through precision agriculture techniques,
[00:04:19.948]and by doing that hopefully not only
[00:04:23.330]increase their profits but also be better,
[00:04:25.897]more sustainable in terms of resource use and stewardship
[00:04:31.840]of those resources from hopefully less use
[00:04:34.510]of nitrogen fertilizer overall,
[00:04:36.660]with still sustained yields.
[00:04:39.740]Technologies that are going to be used in this trial
[00:04:42.270]include crop canopy sensors, imagery that's captured
[00:04:46.010]by drones and by satellites or airplanes,
[00:04:49.020]a growing area of emphasis at the University
[00:04:51.720]across a wide array of fields,
[00:04:55.600]crop nitrogen simulation models
[00:04:57.750]and nitrification and urease inhibitors.
[00:05:01.670]So very precision agriculture oriented work
[00:05:05.920]that's going to be done through this new NRCS award
[00:05:09.590]with Nebraska Extension and their on-farm research network.
[00:05:13.760]So it's great stuff.
[00:05:14.630]Well, we appreciate the time today.
[00:05:15.840]Thank you for the visit.
[00:05:17.125]Great to visit, Matt, as always.
[00:05:19.240]Looking forward to a great second half for our women,
[00:05:21.370]go Big Red!
[00:05:22.430]Go Big Red.
[00:05:23.340]That's Chancellor Ronnie Green,
[00:05:24.173]Matt Coatney with you.
[00:05:25.310]More halftime from Minnesota in a few moments.
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