Agronomy and horticulture professor Daniel Schachtman gives a tour of the greenhouse and newly installed LemnaTec plant phenotyping system Monday at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Innovation Campus greenhouse puts plants through the paces

A single stalk of sorghum -- planted in a two-gallon bucket -- was the star of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Fascination of Plants Day, an event showcasing how the leafy lifeforms are integral to life.

Winding its way down a conveyor belt and through several chambers with doors automatically opening with a hydraulic hiss, the plant was the focal point of a sneak preview of greenhouses going up on Nebraska Innovation Campus.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was at the University of Nebraska’s Innovation Campus on Monday as the keynote speaker for the Food Factory of the Future conference. “We need every available voice speaking up for a better future,” she said.

At UNL, Madeleine Albright discusses how food-rich America can help feed the world

Food security is not just about politics or economics, according to Madeleine Albright. For Americans, feeding the world is a moral imperative.

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 Craig Chandler | University Communications A preview of the Nebraska Innovation Campus greenhouse and unique phenotyping system begins at 2:30 p.m. May 18.

Researchers offer preview of Innovation Campus greenhouse

UNL's new state-of-the-art greenhouse facility at Nebraska Innovation Campus will open for a preview and celebration of Fascination of Plants Day at 2:30 p.m. May 18.

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Madeleine K. Albright

Albright to deliver food workshop keynote on May 18

Madeleine Albright, a former U.S. secretary of state, will deliver the keynote address during the Food Factory of the Future Workshop at UNL's Nebraska Innovation Campus.

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Suji Park speaks at an April 20 announcement at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Korean cuisine company announces intent to move to NIC

An Omaha-based company specializing in Korean foods announced its intention April 20 to move to Nebraska Innovation Campus.

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Students listen to a presentation led by Stephen Morin, assistant professor of chemistry, in Nebraska Innovation Studio. A grant from the Cooper Foundation will expand the maker space, which is located at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Cooper Foundation grant to expand Innovation Studio

The Cooper Foundation of Lincoln has provided a grant of $200,000 to support the Nebraska Innovation Studio, a 16,000-square-foot maker space in the Innovation Commons Building at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

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Street signs on the Nebraska Innovation Campus at 21st and Transformation Drive in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Nov. 20, 2014.

NU's Innovation Campus to host packaged Korean food producer's research HQ

LINCOLN — On land once famed for food on a stick, an Omaha entrepreneur declared Monday that she’s hoping to put kimchi on a shelf.

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Suji Park, founder of Food Dreams Made Real, delivers remarks Monday at Nebraska Innovation Campus. Her company, Suji's Cuisine USA, a producer of South Korean prepared meals, is opening an office at the campus for research and development.

Innovation Campus adds Korean food processor

Suji Park owns and operates Korean restaurants in South Korea and Japan -- and caters food service at the U.S.

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Cheryl Horst (from left), Rose Robotham and Phill Bakken, of NUtech Ventures work Monday at the boardroom table in the Innovation Commons building on Innovation campus. The table was built using green ash from trees cut down at the former State Fair Park.

Wood cut from State Fair Park trees crafted into table

In line with the renovation of the former 4-H Building and Industrial Arts Building, Nebraska Innovation Campus is continuing to make the old new. Click here for the full story.

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"Making for Innovation" is a unique, first-time course offered at Innovation Studio on Nebraska Innovation Campus. The course, which is designed to foster creativity, includes 23 students representing 10 different disciplines.

Students hone creativity in Innovation Studio course

This is the true story of 23 UNL students from various academic backgrounds, picked to work together and learn about new technologies; to find out what happens when people start tinkering and begin to develop bigger ideas.

This is "Making for Innovation," a unique, first-time UNL course offered in the new Innovation Studio at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

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Plans call for the Nebraska Innovation Campus to include more than 25 buildings when construction is complete more than two decades from now.

World-Herald editorial: Right vision for NU's Innovation Campus project

Innovation Campus is the University of Nebraska’s commendable effort to create a world-class scientific research park on the former Nebraska State Fairgrounds.

Rather than blindly copying what’s being done in, say, Massachusetts or North Carolina, Innovation Campus is rightly building on Nebraska’s proven strengths.

The point isn’t gargantuan size. Instead, it’s quality and specialization, using sound long-term planning and a phased approach to construction.

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Construction continues on the Greenhouse Innovation Center at Nebraska Innovation Campus on Tuesday, when UNL officials announced three new campus tenants.

Innovation Campus adds three business partners

The market for crop imaging by drones was saturated, so Vishal Singh pivoted to using unmanned aerial vehicles in the beef industry.

Singh found a need to identify individual ailing cattle within a herd as a measure to improve food production and raise margins, so he experimented with fixing a thermal imaging camera to a drone to look for changes in temperature in the animals.

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Nebraska Innovation Campus announces 3 new partners

Nebraska Innovation Campus announces 3 new partners

Nebraska Innovation Campus has announced three new partners. Dan Duncan, executive director of NIC, said Hastings HVAC, Echo Canyon Services and Quantified Ag would move into space on campus later this year.

“NIC and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln welcome these three companies and are excited about the culture and innovation they bring in becoming our partners,” Duncan said.

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Plans call for the Nebraska Innovation Campus to include more than 25 buildings when construction is complete more than two decades from now.

Nebraska Innovation Campus ahead of its timetable for completion

By Natasha Rausch / World-Herald bureau

LINCOLN — The former State Fair Park is gone. In its place sits three state-of-the-art buildings that mark a new era of engineering and science at the Nebraska Innovation Campus, where private and public sectors will combine to create new technology near the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Construction began in 2013, and now the campus has 380,000 of the 2.2 million square feet covered, with $120 million spent.

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Ryan Anderson, Dan Duncan and Bradley Roth pose in the lobby of Nebraska Innovation Campus’ offices. The trio leads a campus network that helps UNL researchers commercialize their work.

UNL network guides tech from campus to market

Publishing results in an academic journal or presenting them at a national conference represents a finish line for many researchers. For those looking to transfer their work from public institution to private industry, however, this finish line becomes a starting point.

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NIC Overview Video

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The first floor of the Innovation Commons building will be home to the Nebraska Innovation Studio. The studio will be a makerspace designed to encourage interactions between students during creative and building processes.

'Making for Innovation' will be first class at NIC

A new course will allow up to 30 students to get hands-on experience and help launch the UNL Maker Space in the spring semester.

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A new course offered at Nebraska Innovation Studio on Nebraska Innovation Campus

This spring semester, Shane Farritor, PhD and Liana Owad, MFA will be teaching “Making for Innovation” which will cover techniques used to bring ideas to reality. This will be the first class to meet at Nebraska Innovation Studio – the UNL makerspace – located on Nebraska Innovation Campus.

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The University of Nebraska's Nebraska Innovation Campus harnesses wastewater to keep students warm.

At The College, Toilets and Showers Are Unexpected Sources of Energy

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Construction continues on the east side of the Food Innovation Center at Nebraska Innovation Campus. Work continues to transform the former Industrial Arts Building into greenhouse and office space.

UNL to sublease space at Innovation Campus

Nebraska Innovation Campus could move closer to independence when the University of Nebraska Board of Regents considers giving the research and development park more authority over its operations.

Regents are set to consider allowing the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to approve subleases within its master-leased areas of Innovation Campus, as well as add structures to the terms of directors overseeing campus operations.

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Innovation Commons on UNL's Nebraska Innovation Campus. The university has teamed with the City of Lincoln to create a system that warms and cools NIC buildings by exchanging heat from treated wastewater.

City, UNL partner to create unique renewable energy system at NIC

Through a unique renewable energy system, UNL students and Lincoln residents help provide energy to heat and cool Nebraska Innovation Campus when they shower and flush.

The Centralized Renewable Energy System, or CRES, warms and cools buildings by exchanging heat from treated wastewater discharged from a city facility next to the research park.

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UNL Media Advisory - News conference, tour of new renewable energy system Tuesday at NIC

Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 27, 2014 -- University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler and others will appear at a news conference on Tuesday unveiling and detailing the new Centralized Renewable Energy System (CRES) at Nebraska Innovation Campus. The unique renewable energy system is among a handful in the world that warms and cools buildings by exchanging heat from treated wastewater discharged from a city facility next to the research park.

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Construction at Nebraska Innovation Campus continues with work on the Food Innovation Center (right). Completed buildings include Innovation Commons (left), which includes the former Nebraska State Fair 4-H Building. The Food Innovation Center includes the former Industrial Arts Building.

Nebraska Innovation Campus poised for next phase of growth

Phase I of development at UNL's Nebraska Innovation Campus is ahead of schedule, with facilities taking shape that will attract talent, open new opportunities for students and faculty and grow Nebraska’s economy.

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More than 300 people attended demo day at Innovation Campus for the 2014 class of companies guided by NMotion, the University of Nebraska startup accelerator. Vishal Singh of QuantifiedAg shows one of the tags he uses to identify and track sick cattle in feedlots at NMotion's day of demonstrations by its 2014 class of startup businesses.  Logos of NMotion's 2014 class of startup businesses.

NMotion's 2014 startup class show their stuff

Here are notes on the 2014 class of startups guided by NMotion, the University of Nebraska's startup accelerator in Lincoln. The companies gave demonstrations to a crowd of about 350 at Innovation Campus this week.


Team: Husband and wife, Kurt Knecht and Jennifer Rosenblatt, Lincoln.

Quick pitch: Helping composers keep more revenue from their work through an online marketplace.

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Innovation Campus Newest Piece of NU's Tradition of Excellence

U.S. Senator Mike Johanns, Weekly Column, August 18, 2014

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Nebraska Innovation Campus grand opening set

— A grand opening will be held this week for the conference center at Nebraska Innovation Campus, the new research and technology park on Lincoln's old Nebraska State Fairgrounds.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman will make remarks at the grand opening Thursday.

The center provides multi-functional meeting and collaboration space that includes a 400-seat auditorium, 400-seat banquet room, eight breakout rooms and five catering options.

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UNL chancellor upbeat as new school year set to begin

With another school year about to begin at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, it was an opportune time Tuesday for UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman to tout what’s on the university’s short and long-term horizon during a visit to Norfolk.

For example, enrollment this fall looks to be strong because of a large incoming freshman class. On-campus student housing is full and the university will be welcoming 200 Brazilian students, Perlman said. Official enrollment figures will be released later.

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NIC Conference Center Auditorium

NIC Conference Center Grand Opening

Join the Nebraska Alumni Association, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the local business community for the public grand opening celebration of the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center. Click here to register.

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StarTran to add route to Innovation Campus

StarTran will add a bus route to shuttle University of Nebraska-Lincoln students to and from Nebraska Innovation Campus beginning in August 2015.

The NU Board of Regents approved a five-year, $4.1 million agreement for bus service with the city of Lincoln on Friday, including the new route connecting UNL’s City and East campuses with Innovation Campus.

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Chancellor Harvey Perlman welcomes faculty to the 2014 Interdisciplinary Faculty Retreat at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Interdisciplinary retreat fosters collaboration

Research collaborations begin with conversations.

That was the message at UNL's 2014 Interdisciplinary Faculty Retreat on May 15-16, which also served as the kickoff event at Nebraska Innovation Campus' new conference center. Researchers from across campus met their faculty colleagues and learned about research going on at the university.

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Nebraska Innovation Campus making progress

What once used to be the home of the Nebraska State Fair will soon be the site of a new research campus owned by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

"We will engage the private sector in joint research, joint opportunities for students that creates value for the university and the company," Exec. Dir. Dan Duncan said.

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Work continues on the companion building (left) to the old 4-H building on Innovation Campus on Thursday.

Innovation Campus accelerator aims to help more entrepreneurs

Terence Bowden has bad news and good news for Nebraskans.  

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Terence Bowden hops pond to build UNL Innovation Campus accelerator

It was a gloomy, wet evening in Dublin when Terence Bowden's phone rang as he left work at 7 p.m. to walk to the train in the rain. 

His former boss was calling from sunny Arizona. Would he be interested in hopping the pond to start an accelerator in the middle of America at the University of Nebraska's new Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC)? 

"Yeah, I could be interested," he said. 

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Food sciences moving to Innovation Campus

The University of Nebraska added $4.5 million in leased space at Nebraska Innovation Campus Friday, bringing its total lease commitment at the research and technology park to $7.8 million.

The NU Board of Regents approved a plan adding 117,000 additional square feet of space to the campus and moving the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Food Science and Technology Department to the campus in 2015.

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Interest in UNL Maker Club's first meeting on Feb. 5 was so high they had to move it to a larger lecture hall to fit everyone. More than 200 people showed up.

UNL Maker Space, Maker Club aim to create innovative culture on campus

Jay Carlson knows the power of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Three years ago, when he was an electrical engineering undergrad at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he also was a page designer at UNL's student newspaper the Daily Nebraskan. Every night, he would work with reporters, copy editors and photographers to design a visually appealing paper.

“I’m someone who has a left and a right brain, and I like to use both," Carlson said.

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A construction worker sands drywall in a redesigned 4-H Building hallway on Nebraska Innovation Campus.

First NIC facilities roll toward summer finish

Nebraska Innovation Campus will open for business this summer as the first two buildings and a four-season greenhouse go online.

Construction on the former State Fair Park continues as the two buildings — the former 4-H Building and new Companion Building — are scheduled to open for a June move-in. Work on the state-of-the-art greenhouse will begin soon.

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The former Nebraska State Fair exhibit space on the first floor of the 4-H Building at Nebraska Innovation Campus has been reserved for a Maker Space and the NIC’s business accelerator. University administrators are seeking funds to create the space, which would allow individuals access to a variety of tools.

Farritor, student group help propel Maker Space concept

Potential is building among the dusty, multi-colored support pillars on the first floor of Nebraska Innovation Campus’ 4-H Building.

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The Scarlet Interview - Terence Bowden, NIC Business Accelerator Director

Terence Bowden, NIC Business Accelerator Director

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The Companion Building (left) to the former 4-H building is taking shape on Nebraska Innovation Campus as seen in this view looking east from the site of the old State Fair administration building.

First new building taking shape at Innovation Campus

The first new building at Nebraska Innovation Campus is taking shape.

Construction workers have completed much of the shell for the Companion Building, a three-story building just north of and adjacent to the former 4-H Building on what used to be State Fair Park.

They’ve also nearly finished renovating the 4-H Building, which will include a conference center and office and research space.

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UNL Maker Space will be hands-on gathering place for creative minds

Hands-on students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will soon have an outlet for their creativity in the form of the Maker Space, a proposed facility on UNL’s Innovation Campus.

Shane Farritor, a professor of mechanical and materials engineering and member of the Innovation Campus faculty advisory committee, proposed the idea of Maker Space at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“I think such a place could really help UNL students in a lot of ways,” Farritor said.

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Duncan to provide update on NIC

A pair of open information sessions about Nebraska Innovation Campus will take place this week. The first is 1 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Nebraska Union Auditorium; the second is at 1 p.m. Nov. 15 in the East Union Arbor Suite. Both sessions, which are free and open to faculty, staff, students and the public, will be led by Dan Duncan, executive director of the NIC.

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A tour of Nebraska Innovation Campus in September included a look at construction of a new auditorium in the former 4-H Building.

Nebraska Innovation Campus expands leadership team

Nebraska Innovation Campus has made recent changes and additions to its leadership team. Executive director Dan Duncan announced that Kate Engel has accepted the position of community engagement and operations manager, while Terence Bowden has accepted the position of business accelerator director.

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An outline of how the system will work at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

City, UNL partner on Nebraska Innovation Campus renewable energy system

Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman announced Friday a joint project to use reclaimed, non-drinkable water from the city’s Theresa Street Wastewater treatment plant to heat and cool facilities at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

UNL’s investment of $12 million in the Central Renewable Energy System, or CRES, has been approved by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents and will be introduced to the Lincoln City Council on Sept. 30.

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Nebraska Innovation Campus to collaborate with ConAgra Foods

Nebraska Innovation Campus to collaborate with ConAgra Foods

 "Breaking Ground for the Future" was the theme for a major announcement today on a new level of collaboration between University of Nebraska-Lincoln and ConAgra Foods. The collaboration continues and accelerates research and development projects at Nebraska Innovation Campus -- the university's project for private-public innovation and research.

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