KRVN Chat with the Chancellor
Ronnie Green discusses recent groundbreaking research at the university, recognition from the premier science organization in the world for university researchers and the ongoing successful development of Nebraska Innovation Campus.
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[00:00:00.159]Brandon Bennett's with the Rule Radio Network,
[00:00:02.174]joined by Dr. Ronnie Green, the chancellor
[00:00:04.031]at the University of Nebraska Lincoln,
[00:00:05.951]as a special guest for our weekly chat
[00:00:07.973]with a chancellor here in the Fall, 2017 semester.
[00:00:11.038]Dr. Green, many people associate GBR with Go Big Red,
[00:00:14.591]that salute to Husker athletics
[00:00:16.182]and I suppose it's also just as fair to say that
[00:00:18.520]GBR could mean Go Big Research,
[00:00:21.251]and in fact, UNL recently published reports
[00:00:23.463]about Nebraska chemists that have created
[00:00:25.801]an amino acid that could help inhibit enzymes
[00:00:28.057]associated with cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease.
[00:00:31.366]There's another research looking at microscopic membranes
[00:00:34.145]that could help fight gum disease,
[00:00:36.206]and yet another professor that says there's
[00:00:37.826]scientific evidence that gratitude benefits
[00:00:41.085]a persons well-being, so with all of that in it's totality,
[00:00:44.034]there's so much research on campus
[00:00:46.455]and the dollars that generates,
[00:00:47.810]and of course the impact that research has
[00:00:49.974]across the human spectrum.
[00:00:51.635]So, talk a little bit about the importance
[00:00:53.345]of research on a major college campus.
[00:00:56.265]Well, Brandon first of all,
[00:00:57.480]always great to be with you on the Rule Radio Network,
[00:01:00.148]and have a chance to visit with all of your listeners
[00:01:03.037]about the University of Nebraska
[00:01:05.412]and about the flagship campus at UNL.
[00:01:07.629]And everybody knows what the DBR means in Nebraska.
[00:01:11.143]And beyond Go Big Red, is it's own brand
[00:01:14.541]and as we cheer for our student athletes
[00:01:17.209]and for our university more generally,
[00:01:19.135]but as you said, being a research university that we are,
[00:01:22.968]it also could be, maybe convoluted a little bit
[00:01:26.179]to say Go Big Research.
[00:01:27.975]And we recently, just in the last few weeks
[00:01:31.448]have been celebrating this time of year.
[00:01:33.320]November always has been our,
[00:01:35.995]kind of month to highlight the research
[00:01:38.588]accomplishments from the past year at the university.
[00:01:41.504]We have a big research week,
[00:01:43.004]that was held back in early November on campus
[00:01:45.895]to highlight some of that progress
[00:01:47.983]across the nine colleges of the university.
[00:01:50.577]And there is a tremendous amount of research
[00:01:53.972]that goes on at the university,
[00:01:56.370]both in Lincoln as well as at the med center
[00:01:59.035]of the Bow Medical Arena as well.
[00:02:01.341]We're the largest single research
[00:02:04.050]and discovery enterprise in the state
[00:02:06.018]and in the region as a result of that research.
[00:02:09.080]We're one of the best in the country
[00:02:11.067]in commercializing the results of our research efforts.
[00:02:13.890]So we're named just this past year as 35th nationally,
[00:02:17.049]amongst 225 institutions by the Milken Institute
[00:02:20.612]for our success when combined with UNMC
[00:02:23.623]in transfer of research to commercial development.
[00:02:26.227]The things that you mentioned,
[00:02:28.109]where for example, David Berkowitz,
[00:02:31.052]one of our professors in the chemistry department
[00:02:33.690]in our college of arts and sciences.
[00:02:35.828]He's been working on synthesizing a new class
[00:02:39.163]of amino acids that can inactivate
[00:02:41.331]enzymes known for contributing
[00:02:43.123]to a whole range of human health concerns.
[00:02:45.648]Can have wide impact across human health and human medicine.
[00:02:49.531]You mentioned gum disease, Husker engineer,
[00:02:53.006]Ally Temoil, alongside colleagues
[00:02:55.541]from both UCLA and California
[00:02:57.576]and the Harvard Medical School in Boston
[00:02:59.830]have now developed a flexible,
[00:03:01.660]biodegradable microscopic membrane
[00:03:03.436]that can halt the advance of bacteria,
[00:03:05.886]promote the regrowth of healthy tissue or bone in the jaw,
[00:03:09.886]periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease
[00:03:12.817]that breaks down tissue and bones housing the teeth
[00:03:15.397]that's a big deal, it effects more than 70 percent
[00:03:18.174]of adults that are age 65 years and older.
[00:03:21.460]You also mentioned the well-being research
[00:03:24.035]that we celebrated a few weeks ago.
[00:03:26.121]This is a reference to research
[00:03:28.224]that is not just our faculty, but it also refers
[00:03:31.523]to a volume of research that's been
[00:03:33.714]being developed around the country,
[00:03:35.314]including our faculty on the value
[00:03:37.000]of gratitude and well-being
[00:03:38.790]and enhancing our well-being in our life.
[00:03:41.337]It's not just our faculty innovating as well,
[00:03:44.560]we also have students that are involved in that innovation.
[00:03:48.201]A good example, is the student engineering team
[00:03:50.646]that's developing a space tool
[00:03:52.757]that was tested this past fall by NASA.
[00:03:55.676]So you know, you role all these things together Brandon,
[00:03:58.202]I could go on with example after example
[00:04:00.433]after example that like I said,
[00:04:02.425]we celebrated in our research fair just a few weeks ago,
[00:04:05.232]where the research being done at the university
[00:04:08.119]and the transfer of that research out into the public
[00:04:11.832]is impacting lives throughout the world
[00:04:13.971]and creating unique impacts and advantages for humanity.
[00:04:17.546]Chancellor Green, along that same line,
[00:04:20.012]the university recently announced
[00:04:21.737]that four faculty members have been named
[00:04:23.299]fellows at the American Association
[00:04:25.082]for the Advancement of Science,
[00:04:26.860]which is the largest general scientific
[00:04:28.685]society in the world.
[00:04:29.898]So, tell us a little bit about what exactly is,
[00:04:32.148]the American Association for the Advancement of Science
[00:04:34.818]and why is it important for faculty members
[00:04:36.577]and researchers to be part of such groups.
[00:04:39.076]Well, triple AS as we call it,
[00:04:41.116]the American Association for the Advancement of Science,
[00:04:43.581]is the world's largest single general scientific society,
[00:04:46.329]they publish the most renowned
[00:04:48.402]scientific journal in the world.
[00:04:50.647]I've aptly called science, and they're an international,
[00:04:54.485]non-profit organization that's dedicated
[00:04:57.405]to advancing science for the benefit
[00:04:59.292]of all people around the world.
[00:05:01.353]It's considered the premiere science
[00:05:03.878]organization around the world.
[00:05:05.983]Triple AS, for a long time, has been electing
[00:05:09.257]what they call fellows, started in 1874,
[00:05:12.820]so well over a hundred years now.
[00:05:15.501]Going on 150 years, they've been doing
[00:05:17.902]this kind of fellow designation amongst their membership,
[00:05:21.024]where they identify what they believe to be
[00:05:23.689]the top scientists in various fields
[00:05:26.435]to be designated with a little purple rosette,
[00:05:30.444]that signifies the designation of being a Triple AS fellow.
[00:05:34.641]So it's a big deal.
[00:05:35.892]Big honor to be recognized by Triple AS in that way.
[00:05:39.458]This year, we were very very happy
[00:05:41.473]that we had four of our faculty named,
[00:05:44.529]just recently they received their notifications
[00:05:47.540]that they are being named to Triple AS Fellowship Honors.
[00:05:50.663]It'll be presented to them in February,
[00:05:52.832]coming up here in a couple of months.
[00:05:54.610]And since 2016, we've had 17 of our faculty at UNL
[00:05:59.150]that have earned that honor,
[00:06:01.303]and if you look at us nationally
[00:06:02.784]amongst all institutions of higher education,
[00:06:05.165]it puts us in the top tier of institutions
[00:06:07.245]in the number of our faculty receiving
[00:06:09.240]that honor in that time period.
[00:06:11.411]So it's a big deal.
[00:06:13.077]Signifies the quality of our work here.
[00:06:15.498]Signifies the impact of the work of the scientists
[00:06:18.883]who are receiving that designation
[00:06:20.567]and we couldn't be more proud of them
[00:06:22.098]for being named Triple AS fellows.
[00:06:24.155]Brandon Bennett's with the Rule Radio Network.
[00:06:26.899]Once again, joined by a special guest, Dr. Ronnie Green,
[00:06:29.751]the chancellor at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln
[00:06:31.608]for our weekly chat with a chancellor.
[00:06:33.793]Dr. Green, in the fiscal year 2016,
[00:06:35.950]the Nebraska Innovation Campus
[00:06:37.977]had a 139.9 million dollar economic impact on the state,
[00:06:42.676]and in 2017 the momentum continues to grow
[00:06:45.810]with new partnerships, the construction of
[00:06:47.745]an 80,000 square foot building,
[00:06:49.287]and of course, the new KRVN Rule Radio Network studio there.
[00:06:52.579]So walk us through the origins of
[00:06:54.967]the Nebraska Innovation Campus,
[00:06:57.179]the history of how it came about,
[00:06:58.922]and give us an idea about your and the campuses vision
[00:07:01.764]for what that future holds.
[00:07:03.824]Well Brandon, I think many of your listeners
[00:07:05.839]have heard over the past decade now,
[00:07:08.960]the development of the Nebraska Innovation Campus
[00:07:12.246]adjacent to the main campus of the university
[00:07:15.105]in downtown Lincoln, the former State Fairgrounds Park.
[00:07:19.022]the actual property was the home
[00:07:20.928]of the State Fair of Nebraska for most of it's history
[00:07:23.639]until it was move in 2010 out to it's current site
[00:07:27.256]at Grand Island where there's been a wonderful run now
[00:07:30.516]for the past eight years on that site.
[00:07:32.982]And when it was moved to Grand Island
[00:07:35.494]there was the opportunity to develop
[00:07:38.162]a public private partnership campus,
[00:07:40.420]affiliated with the University of Nebraska
[00:07:42.979]on that former state fairgrounds property.
[00:07:45.215]We have been in process of developing Nebraska
[00:07:48.965]Innovation Campus as it's now known, since that time.
[00:07:53.151]2006, the initial planning started
[00:07:55.355]with a group of community leaders
[00:07:57.433]that put together the proposal
[00:07:59.035]that eventually led to the fair being moved
[00:08:01.160]and to the development that we're now underway.
[00:08:03.326]In 2012, just a couple of years
[00:08:05.844]after I joined the university's leadership team
[00:08:08.413]and we broke ground on the first phase
[00:08:10.761]of the development of Nebraska Innovation Campus.
[00:08:13.661]And now, some five years later,
[00:08:16.078]we sit in the fall of 2017, just a couple years past
[00:08:19.863]when we opened that phase one of the campuses growth,
[00:08:23.996]about 380,000 square feet of development
[00:08:27.233]in that first phase, another 80,000 square feet
[00:08:30.726]that we have under construction currently,
[00:08:33.822]on our way to a goal over a 25 year time period,
[00:08:37.644]of being at about 2.2 million square feet of campus space
[00:08:41.371]that houses these public private partnerships
[00:08:44.607]on Nebraska Innovation Campus.
[00:08:46.814]So we're very very pleased with that progress.
[00:08:49.486]You mentioned the economic impact
[00:08:52.002]that it's already experiencing in the state.
[00:08:54.463]We have about 30 partners already on the campus,
[00:08:57.659]and are growing those every month
[00:09:00.512]including you at the Rule Radio Network and KRVN.
[00:09:02.769]Having your location in Lincoln
[00:09:04.683]and now as part of Innovation Campus
[00:09:06.540]that we're very excited about as well.
[00:09:08.780]And in terms of the progress,
[00:09:10.872]you know these kind of longterm growth plans,
[00:09:13.839]I mentioned a 25 year time horizon
[00:09:16.572]that the Nebraska Innovation Campus
[00:09:18.848]is under development for.
[00:09:20.636]We're ahead of where we would have
[00:09:22.733]expected to be at this point into that,
[00:09:25.053]you know, first five to six years of the history
[00:09:27.578]of that development and very pleased with it.
[00:09:30.156]We were extremely pleased that just this past October
[00:09:34.124]a couple of months ago now,
[00:09:36.077]the Nebraska Innovation Campus
[00:09:38.236]was named the best new research park in the world,
[00:09:41.197]but the Association of University
[00:09:43.712]Research Parks Organization.
[00:09:46.395]That award is presented annually
[00:09:48.333]to a research park that's been in operation
[00:09:50.412]less than 10 years and excels in bringing
[00:09:52.956]technology from the lab to economically
[00:09:55.210]viable business activities and promoting
[00:09:57.370]economic development in jobs and growth in that way.
[00:10:00.922]So we were very excited that early in our life here
[00:10:04.366]at Innovation Campus to be recognized
[00:10:06.956]by that international group
[00:10:08.631]with that best new research park award.
[00:10:10.718]So excited about where we are,
[00:10:12.332]excited about the future and what the opportunities
[00:10:15.388]are going to afford to continue to grow
[00:10:17.452]Nebraska Innovation Campus as we move forward Brandon.
[00:10:21.039]Dr. Green, the last word is yours
[00:10:23.628]here in that, kinda odd part of the semester
[00:10:26.824]after Thanksgiving but before the holiday break,
[00:10:29.146]what's going on on campus?
[00:10:30.478]Well, you can just imagine Brandon,
[00:10:32.045]I mean students are working toward
[00:10:33.997]the end of the fall term, and fall semester,
[00:10:37.294]and for a number of our students
[00:10:39.246]that means that they are in there last semester
[00:10:41.485]working towards graduation,
[00:10:42.939]coming up here in a couple of weeks.
[00:10:44.843]So a very exciting time, in wrapping a term up,
[00:10:48.334]and wishing well our newest graduates
[00:10:51.260]to add to our over 190,000 living alumni around the world.
[00:10:55.647]Just an exciting time to be in higher education.
[00:10:58.705]You know, the future's that these students have
[00:11:01.442]and the future with the research work
[00:11:03.326]that we're contributing, and the outreach across the state,
[00:11:06.339]it's an exciting time to be at the university,
[00:11:09.738]and we're looking forward to welcoming those new graduates
[00:11:12.432]and alums into the world and starting again up in January.
[00:11:16.592]So a good time to be at the university.
[00:11:19.252]That was Dr. Ronnie Green,
[00:11:21.036]the chancellor at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
[00:11:23.077]Once again, joining us as a special guest
[00:11:24.659]on our weekly chat with a chancellor
[00:11:26.423]here in the fall 2017 semester.
[00:11:28.439]With the Rule Radio Network, this is Brandon Bennett's.
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