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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.

"This charter investment in Nebraska Innovation Studio embodies one of the hallmarks of Cooper Foundation grant making,” said Jack Campbell, chairman of the board of trustees of the Cooper Foundation. "We strive to provide early investment in ventures of significant promise, and the development of this maker space certainly fits the bill."

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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.

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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"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.

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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Nebraska Innovation Campus announces 3 new partners

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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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.

'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.

The course, "Making for Innovation," will be the first to meet at Nebraska Innovation Studio — formerly the UNL Maker Space — on Nebraska Innovation Campus. Shane Farritor, professor of mechanical and materials engineering, and Liana Owad, Maker Space coordinator, will guide the class.

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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.

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.

Sustainable energy strategies are an important part of Nebraska Innovation Campus' value proposition, NIC executive director Dan Duncan said.

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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.

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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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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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.

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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Chancellor Harvey Perlman welcomes faculty to the 2014 Interdisciplinary Faculty Retreat at 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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A construction worker sands drywall in a redesigned 4-H Building hallway on Nebraska Innovation Campus.

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