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Regional patent office director to visit UNL

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and NUtech Ventures will host several public events with Molly Kocialski, director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office, during her March 29-30 visit to the university.

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Innovation Studio hosts woodturners exhibit, reception

Work by the Great Plains Woodturning Club of Lincoln will be displayed at Nebraska Innovation Studio starting March 21. An exhibit reception will be 5 to 7 p.m. April 1 in the NIS Cooper Foundation Makers Gallery.

The event is free and open to the public. The reception attendees also will be invited to take self-guided tours of NIS.

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Members of the Great Plains Woodturning Club meet monthly at Nebraska Innovation Studio at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Virtual Incision mini-robots conduct first known human surgery

Virtual Incision Corp., a company founded by faculty members at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has announced the successful first-in-human use of its miniaturized robotically assisted surgical device.

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 Dmitry Oleynikov, a UNMC professor of surgery, operates a surgical robot as in the background Shane Farritor, a UNL engineering professor, adjusts the camera on the surgical subject in June 2015. The two developed the robot for minimally invasive surgeries. Farritor and Oleynikov's startup company, Virtual Incision, announced March 1 the first use of its miniaturized robot in human surgery.

"Silicon Prairie," America's new entrepreneurial frontier

Across the Great Plains -- even in winter -- the new cash crop is high tech.

What's happening, say Stephanie and Paul Jarrett, is an explosion of startup software companies in the heartland, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann.

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Safety and health organizations to join NIC

Nebraska Innovation Campus has announced a new partner. Dan Duncan, executive director of NIC, said Great Plains Safety and Health Organization and the Nebraska Safety Center will move into space on campus early this year.

The Great Plains Safety and Health Organization promotes safety, health and environmental responsibility by providing affordable professional education, support and advice. The group helps members and nonmembers to comply with or exceed OSHA, community and internal company safety and health requirements.

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ENHANCE Health Network names Bob Hellem as Chief Shared Services Officer

Lincoln, Nebraska, January 22, 2016 – ENHANCE Health Network today announced that Bob Hellem has been named Chief Shared Services Officer.  Hellem will be responsible for identifying and working to take advantage of a wide-range of opportunities that would assist ENHANCE member organizations in lowering their costs of care delivery primarily in the supply chain, materials management and purchasing/procurement arenas.
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Virtual Incision to locate at Nebraska Innovation Campus

Nebraska Innovation Campus has announced a new partner. Dan Duncan, executive director of NIC, said today that Virtual Incision Corp. will move into space on campus in early 2016.

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Dmitry Oleynikov, a professor of surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, operates a surgical robot as in the background Shane Farritor, an engineering professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, adjusts the camera on the surgical subject in June 2015. The two developed the robot for minimally invasive surgeries. Farritor and Oleynikov's startup company, Virtual Incisions, is joining Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Nebraska Innovation Studio offers holiday fun, looks at maker technology

Through a Plexiglass window, kids stared down into the big whirring machine as lasers turned paper into snowflakes. They sat on stools or peered on tip toes while parents hovered over them, trying to catch their own glance.

This laser cutter and many other attractions, which included button and ornament making, were all part of Saturday's Holiday Maker Extravaganza at Nebraska Innovation Studio located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Innovation Campus.

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Lauren Zeleny scrutinizes the innards of a laser-cutting machine as it works on a paper snowflake on Saturday at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Hour of Code offers interactive experience for families

Saturday was a morning for coding and tinkering with technology at the Nebraska Innovation Campus.

It was the second time the "Hour of Code" was held to help people of all ages learn the basics of coding through self-guided tutorials, and to get children interested in computer science. Read More

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More than 500 people learned the basics of coding at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Hour of Code event Saturday morning.

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