clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Corn Flakes: Nebraskans Are Optimistic And Building A Brain Foundation

New, 14 comments

It’s University Thursday, where every Thursday we look at what’s happening at your university that happens to be attached to a football team!

Steven Barlow's technology could help diagnose and treat nervous system conditions ranging from stroke and traumatic brain injury to Parkinson’s disease and autism.
UNL

It’s University Thursday!

I’m probably not going to continue these into college football season as there will be plenty going on then. We’ll see how it goes. It is rather interesting to at least take a look at what’s happening at your university that just happened to be attached to the football team, isn’t it?

Rural Poll shows Nebraskans' optimism | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Rural Nebraskans continue to be optimistic about their current situation and future, according to the 2016 Nebraska Rural Poll.

They didn’t ask about it, but I have to wonder if rural Nebraskans are more optimistic because THEY STAY THE HELL OFF SOCIAL MEDIA MORE THAN THE REST OF US.

That was my initial reaction when I saw this survey. Hey! What’s this about people being optimistic!? Holy shit, don’t they see the news headlines!? Or look at their Facebook or twitter timelines?

Well, maybe they don’t. Hence, optimism about the future.

Or maybe we should all move back to rural Nebraska.

$6M grant will build neuroscience brain trust | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Nebraska psychologists Matt Johnson (left) and Mike Dodd will share in a $6 million NSF grant to expand the breadth of cognitive neuroscience research capabilities in the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior and the department of psychology.

It will be interesting to see what this yields a few years down the road. Will UNL become a center for brain research, gathering the best minds from across the world? And if they do, what trickle down effect will that have for new industries/companies that might be established?

System could help diagnose, treat brain injuries | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

“They can do daily therapy using this technology to help patients restore function, whether it’s trouble eating, speaking, writing or using their fingers to operate a phone or keyboard,” Barlow said. “That’s kind of the big picture.

Interesting device. Investors should be interested because of it’s low cost and market range, so perhaps there’s room for a start up and another Nebraska-based company.

Also interesting that, from the article, students did a lot of the work in creating this potential product that is then patented by NuTech, “the intellectual property and commercialization unit of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.”

What will students get out of this? Hmmm... experience. Something to put on their resumes. Maybe a job if they were good enough.

And we say we’re exploiting football players.

Report shows manufacturing's importance to state economy | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Yet a new report from the University of Nebraska shows that manufacturing contributes a significant share to Nebraska’s economy, in terms of jobs and cash flow. Commissioned by the Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership and prepared by the Bureau of Business Research, the report shows that manufacturing comprises about 26 percent of the state’s economy.

I didn’t realize that manufacturing composed that high a percentage, and I’m sure you didn’t either (or didn’t care). I have worked for and continue to work for a number of manufacturers and I’ve always enjoyed it.

There seems to be a stigma against it, though, especially amongst younger people who look at it and think it’s a dirty job, when most really aren’t. If you actually go through this survey, you’ll find that manufacturers are looking for and will be looking for more people to help with quality control.

JOBS! JOBS!

Lied Center hosts 16 free shows for students | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Brian Regan (Comedian) Dec. 9: In 2015 Brian Regan made history with the first-ever live Comedy Central broadcast for his special Brian Regan: Live from Radio City Music Hall. Acclaimed by Vanity Fair as “The funniest standup alive,” Regan brings his laugh out loud comedy to the Lied.

I don’t know if Brian Regan is the “funniest standup alive”, but he’s pretty damned funny. He doesn’t use profanity. He doesn’t have an act filled with dirty jokes, yet he’s amazing.

What a bastard, huh?

Receiver, Holder & E-QB: Zack Darlington's Up for it All | Hail Varsity

“I was joking with [offensive coordinator Danny] Langsdorf that if I have to get in and he gives me a run play, no chance. I’m checking it. We’re going down the field,” Darlington said.

Hey, look a football article!

Iowa professor: Herky the Hawk ought to smile more

A University of Iowa professor is asking for the Department of Athletics to allow the university’s mascot, Herky the Hawk, to display a wider array of facial expressions in university publications.

Maybe the students could draw pictures of Herky smiling. Then they could post them up around their dorms and other gathering places to make each other feel welcome and safe.

When they’re finished, the professor could bring them milk and cookies and tuck them into bed; they’re just frightened little children and we want them to stay that way because they’re easier to manipulate.

The "real" story behind yesterday's surprising Gopher depth chart - The Daily Gopher

TDG called in our super secret anonymous sources for this one (no we didn't).

College football's Lombardi Award to be open to all positions - Houston Chronicle

The Houston-based Rotary Lombardi Award on Thursday plans to announce a change in its eligibility for this season to include "all player positions" in college football, a spokeswoman for the award said Wednesday.

They’re taking an award that used for be for offensive and defensive linemen and trying to make it into the Heisman, which makes it redundant and worthless.

OTL investigates the implosion of daily fantasy sports leaders DraftKings and FanDuel

At its peak last summer, a daily fantasy get-rich-now commercial aired every 90 seconds on television. Combined, industry leaders FanDuel and DraftKings plunged more than $750 million into TV commercials, radio spots, digital ads and other promotions. In the weeks leading up to the 2015 NFL season, the two startup companies spent more on advertising than the entire American beer industry.

This is one of those longform articles no one actually reads. I’ll admit, I skipped parts, but it’s still pretty interesting.

If I had to give you a tl;dr version, it would be:

Bro’s create companies that advertise so much they irritated the fuck out of everyone and had to be taken down by government officials.

18-Year-Old Athlete Charged With Rape Gets Probation So He Can Attend College - BuzzFeed News

“He can now look forward to a productive life without being burdened with the stigma of having to register as a sex offender,” Becker’s attorney, Thomas Rooke, told the court. “The goal of this sentence was not to impede this individual from graduating high school and to go onto the next step of his life, which is a college experience.”

Good luck with attending the college of your choice, man. I’m sure all of them are welcoming a rapist with open arms.

Sports Illustrated Teams Up With Fox Sports for Ad Deal - WSJ

Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports have signed a new multiyear advertising and editorial agreement that they hope will provide a more robust competitor in a digital sports media landscape dominated by ESPN.

Hope Solo suspended for 6 months by U.S. Soccer after comments made following Olympics | FOX Sports

The American goalkeeper called Sweden "cowards." Now she's been banned for six months.

Her contract was terminated, so it sounds more like she’s gone.

Howard Johnson: Only One Restaurant Will Remain in US in September

The Bangor restaurant—part of a chain that once numbered more than 800 eateries—will close on Sept. 6, the Associated Press reported. The last Howard Johnson restaurant is in Lake George, N.Y.

I blame global warming. Not the real cause, but I haven’t blamed it for anything on here for a while, so there you go.

Back to school brings drugs, drunk driving, vandalism | News | dailynebraskan.com

When officers investigated the room, which belonged to an 18-year-old freshman marketing major, they found “a pretty decent amount” of prescription pills they believed to be Xanax, according to UNLPD Sgt. Bryan Warner. Prior to UNLPD arrival, Warner said the student had tried to dispose of the drugs.

This is one helluva way to start the new year!