There is a lot going on today to report. It is the major league baseball draft which has been shortened to five rounds. Usually there are 40 rounds in a typical year, but we know this is NOT a typical year. As you will see in the article linked below, this shortened format could end another Husker draft streak.
A shortened MLB draft could snap Nebraska baseball’s 27-year streak | Baseball | omaha.com
Major League Baseball is dramatically cutting the length of its 2020 draft. One effect will almost certainly be the end of a longtime Nebraska streak.
It is also #ShutDownSTEM day. I have worked in academia through most of my career, although not as a Ph.D. Without those three letters, my career has largely been in supporting the work of others and not being the person in charge. (If it sounds like I’m complaining, I’m not - I’ve greatly enjoyed the work I do).
I was supposed to have a couple of meetings today but they were cancelled to support a day of “strike” among academics in which they are not doing their normal research or teaching. (#ShutDownSTEM) Instead, they will be reflecting on racism in academia and, specifically if their work or actions contributes to institutional barriers for people of color.
Academia often gets skewered for being ‘out of touch’ or being in an ivory tower that is insulated from the struggles of the every day world. There is also a clear issue with diversity in academia, whether you look at it from the perspective of race or gender (or just about any other characteristic you can think of.
But, like so many others, academics are no longer content in trying to not be part of the problem. They recognize a need to actively work for changes and to seek solutions. We are seeing the usual calls for the people at the top to “do something” and pushes for large-scale, institutional changes and reforms.
What I feel is really different about this moment of national reckoning about race is that I see many people also considering what they can do as an individual. I see it in my professional life and in my personal life in our small town. People are trying to figure out what they need to change about how they think as well as act.
That is where real and lasting change starts.
‘This is everyone vs. racism’: A conversation with former Huskers Michael Rose Ivey & Damon Benning | Huskers | fremonttribune.com
A conversation about racism and the recent protests with former Huskers Damon Benning and Michael Rose-Ivey.
Future Husker receives scholarship surprise on his birthday
On Sunday, former Lincoln East track & field star Tyler Brown received a scholarship from the Lincoln Track Club, who surprised him by awarding it to him at his home in Lincoln.
Huskers land commitment from eight-man player Malcom | Husker Football | norfolkdailynews.com
A pair of road trips last week confirmed a hunch Seth Malcom held quietly for a long time. He was going to be a Husker.
Huskers Welcome Seven Newcomers for 2020-21 - NEWS CHANNEL NEBRASKA
The Nebraska women’s basketball team will have a strikingly different roster in 2020-21.
This is going to be an interesting season as two of the new players will need waivers or they will have to sit out. Two others have hardly played the past few years because of chronic and serious knee injuries - which feels like a gamble in expecting them to contribute heavily.
There are over 100 student-athletes at Nebraska that are expected to earn more than $1,000/year from social media posts in the NIL era.— Blake Lawrence (@Blake_Lawrence) June 9, 2020
They hail from 8 different sports.
Check out the top potential earners per sport: pic.twitter.com/eGQ2S5WCE6
These are interesting numbers - and not unexpected. I’m guessing we all thought representatives from football and volleyball (at least in Nebraska) might be at the top of the list, but it does underscore the status of football as the top dog.
Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308
Steve Young Was The Better QB. We Apologize, Joe Montana. | FiveThirtyEight
We break down their careers -- in college, in the NFL and in the Super Bowl.
Arizona State punter Michael Turk has NCAA eligibility restored after going undrafted, unsigned by NFL
Punter Michael Turk, who went undrafted and unsigned by the NFL after leaving Arizona State, regained his eligibility and will return to the Sun Devils.
Star player who expressed interest in going to an HBCU may shake up how athletes select a college
When Mikey Williams, one of the nation's top high school basketball players, announced that he was thinking about going to a historically black college, the college basketball world paid attention.
Sources: USC expected to end Reggie Bush’s disassociation from school
USC is expected to soon end its disassociation from former Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush, sources said, as the NCAA’s 10-year penalty in the improper benefits case expires Wednesday.
Kelly Agnew: The Porta-Potty Cheat and the Island of Misfit Toys - Sports Illustrated
He was the ultramarathoning ideal: a latecomer with an inspirational story, a slew of wins and an appealing edge. Then his story started to unravel.
IOC says anti-protest rules still in place
The death of George Floyd and resulting protests hasn’t changed the IOC’s stance on protests.
More Noise and Other Disturbances
What Do Pets See When They Watch Television? | Mental Floss
Dogs and cats can sometimes seem very intrigued by your latest binge-watch. But are they seeing what we’re seeing?
My sister leaves the TV on for her dog while she’s at work. Do any of you do that for your pet?
Color-Changing, Smart Fabrics Track Body and Environment
A team of researchers from the School of Engineering in Tufts University has created novel biomaterial-based inks that change color upon reacting to and measuring the chemicals discharged by the body(for example, in sweat and other possible bio-fluids) or in the surrounding setting.
Math Visualization Software | CMU Penrose
Sayonara, confusing math equations—these images help make sense of the abstract.
Another Week - Another Poop Article
Fish poop exposes what eats the destructive crown-of-thorns starfish | Science News
Identifying predators of the coral polyp slurping starfish could be key to protecting reefs
Some penguins poop pink, and more super poop facts | The Gazette
According to researchers at the University of Iowa, between all the people and all the animals in the state of Iowa, Iowa produces more poop than almost any state in the nation.
Yes, of course I included this link just for the article description!
Then There’s This
Vibrators had a long history as medical quackery before feminists rebranded them as sex toys
From its roots as an electric version of snake oil, by the 1930s vibrators were just another household electric appliance that could soothe your pains at the end of a long day.
The F-word’s hidden superpower: Repeating it can increase your pain threshold | Ars Technica
Made-up swears like “fouch” or “twizpipe” just don’t have the same effect.
This is how Jon managed to come back from the dead?!?
Newton’s recipe for ‘toad vomit lozenges’ up for auction | Live Science
Sir Issac Newton describes how toad vomit and certain gems could treat the Black Death.