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Nebraska Safety Center renews $3.4M grant for transit drivers

The Nebraska Safety Center received a $3.4 million grant to train transit drivers from transportation, bus and transit companies across Nebraska.

The grant, from the Nebraska Department of Roads, follows a three-year collaboration between the Nebraska Safety Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s College of Business and Technology and Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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A $3.4 million grant will help train the people who provide transportation options in rural Nebraska, Nebraska Safety Center Executive Director Mick Anderson said. “Transportation has a big impact on rural economies. This program will help improve the quality of living and the economy in rural areas.”

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The Gilded Swine food cart enters UNL food truck scene

On October 4, the owners of the food cart The Gilded Swine were ready to go.

Unfortunately, it rained the entire morning and the cart had to cancel that day.

“Just kind of dealing with the ups and downs of that can be kind of fun sometimes,” co-owner and chef Brandon Fowler said.

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The Gilded Swine serves lunch at Nebraska Innovation Campus. [Photo provided by Hannah DePriest.]

Innovation incubator for biotech in the works at Innovation Campus

Nebraska’s biotechnology startups soon will have access to a new facility on Nebraska Innovation Campus that provides specialized laboratory space and other support to help them succeed.

Biotech Connector will open on the fourth floor of NIC’s Food Innovation Center in early 2017, providing an innovation incubator for emerging biotech companies. The facility also will be available for established companies that may need a small amount of space and want to be located near UNL’s faculty, students and core facilities.

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The Biotech Connector will be located on the fourth floor of the Food Innovation Center.

3M joins Alliance for Advanced Food Sanitation

Materials science company 3M has joined the Alliance for Advanced Food Sanitation, launched last year by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The partnership stemmed from a research collaboration between 3M and the university's Food Processing Center.

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Spreetail keeping head down in rapidly changing e-commerce world

Brett Thome compares Spreetail, the company he runs, to a duck. It looks calm on the surface, but below, things are going 100 miles an hour.

These days, a comparison to a small fish might be more apt. And that fish is swimming in a sea of sharks.

Spreetail is the Lincoln e-commerce company that burst on the scene last fall, announcing its presence with a name change and a move to Nebraska Innovation Campus.

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Spreetail chief executive officer Brett Thome (top) talks with marketing manager Khushbaht Abdulloev last week in their new office space at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Nebraska Food for Health Center to unite strengths in agriculture, medicine

The Nebraska Food for Health Center, a more than $40 million initiative to improve the lives of people around the world, was launched today at the University of Nebraska.

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 Directed by Andrew Benson (pictured), the Nebraska Food for Health Center will bring together strengths in agriculture and medicine from throughout the university system, and will help develop hybrid crops and foods to improve the quality of life of those affected by critical diseases.

Study in contrasts: System advances analysis of corn

The prospect of a higher-yielding Corn Belt could rest – or advance – on a conveyer belt monitored by cameras that boast superhuman sight, according to new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Faculty startup locates at Nebraska Innovation Campus

Nebraska Innovation Campus has announced a new partner. Dan Duncan, NIC’s executive director, said today that Epicrop Technologies has moved into space on campus.

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Entrepreneurship task force hosting town halls

The Nebraska Legislature’s Venture Development and Entrepreneurship Task Force plans to hold five town hall meetings across the state this summer, including in Lincoln.

The task force, made up of state sens. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse, Matt Williams of Gothenburg, Paul Schumacher of Columbus, Al Davis of Hyannis, John Stinner of Gering, and Mark Kolterman of Seward, is charged to examine and review the role entrepreneurship and innovation play in Nebraska’s economy.

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