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Nebraska Innovation Studio celebrates six years of making

When it opened in 2015, Nebraska Innovation Studio had a wide selection of tools and equipment and an open floor plan.

Like many of the projects it has birthed, the potential was there to be filled.

Now, six years later, the makerspace at Nebraska Innovation Campus is celebrating its growth and development into a 16,000-square-foot facility that has scratched the itch for makers of all stripes.

“I actually think the desire to make something in the physical world is hardwired in our brains,” said David Martin, director of Nebraska Innovation Studio.

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Phil Whitmarsh (left) and Broderick Fielding, who both make guitars, talk about their instruments during an open house at Nebraska Innovation Studio on Thursday. Photo: Gwyneth Roberts, Journal Star

Water for Food Global Forum tackles water and food security in month-long virtual event

The Daugherty Water for Food Institute (DWFI) at the University of Nebraska will host the Water for Food Global Forum in October 2021. Registration is now open and will continue throughout the event. This free, virtual series covers one month of discussions, presentations, workshops and case studies through live sessions and on-demand content. The Forum will convene leading international experts, growers and organizations to tackle issues related to achieving global water and food security and focus on integrating knowledge and practice.

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Nebraska Innovation Studio celebrating marked growth

Since Nebraska Innovation Studio opened its doors in 2015, the makerspace has continued to retool and expand its offerings, becoming one of the best facilities of its kind in the nation.

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Jerry Reif, shop manager at Nebraska Innovation Studio, watches as a plasma cutter cuts through steel.

Fortenberry, Thompson discuss future of ag with university leaders

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, along with Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson of Pennsylvania, the ranking member of the house ag committee, joined university leaders on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus Friday for a town hall about the present and future of agriculture — and Nebraska’s important role in both.

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(From left) University of Nebraska–Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green, NU President Ted Carter, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson and NU Vice President and Harlan Vice Chancellor for UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Mike Boehm participate in an Aug. 20 tele-town hall on the future of agriculture.

Lincoln firm uses its robot for first time in operating room at Bryan

A Lincoln company that designs and makes small surgical robots has accomplished a milestone.

Virtual Incision said Monday that the first surgery using one of its devices was completed at Bryan Medical Center.

The surgery, done by Dr. Michael Jobst, deployed Virtual Incision's robotic assistant in the partial removal of a patient's colon. The surgery was done laparoscopically through an incision in the navel.

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  Virtual Incision used its surgical robot in a successful surgery at Bryan Medical Center. | CRAIG CHANDLER, UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

Levi’s vaccine registry prize opens doors to new discovery

The COVID-19 vaccine is helping Nebraska’s Ariel Levi open doors to new creative opportunities.

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Nebraska's Ariel Levi is one of the first winners of prizes through the university's voluntary vaccine registry. She earned a year-long membership to Nebraska Innovation Campus' Innovation Studio.

Directions 2021: When world shifted to online shopping, Lincoln’s online super-seller was ready

After 20 years, the co-founder and CEO of Razor knows what keeps his company rolling.

It sticks to designing and supplying scooters. Nearly 35 million so far, its early and iconic kick models joined by a growing line of self-propelled toys: go-karts, hoverboards, skates and skateboards.

But Carlton Calvin also knows what would slow his company down.

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A view of Spreetail's headquarters in Lincoln at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

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