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Veterans group turns to Innovation Studio for fellowship, therapy

Every Thursday afternoon, the Nebraska Innovation Studio machine shop lathes are circled by a group of veterans learning and honing their woodturning skills.

The hands-on lessons also double as therapy sessions.

Woodturning is a simple task, but requires concentration. That focus quiets thoughts the veterans may be struggling with, said Jim Young, a Vietnam War veteran and founder of the Veterans in Recovery program.

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Bryan Jones of Lincoln, a veteran of the United States Navy, uses a lathe in Nebraska Innovation Studio.
Lee Schon turns a pen tube on a lathe during a Veterans in Recovery meeting at Nebraska Innovation Studio.
David Key and Richard Schaefer work on a lathe at Nebraska Innovation Studio during a Veterans in Recovery meeting.

Intensive English course gives science and engineering students hands-on experience

Taught by lecturer Carol Ochsner, “English for Science and Engineering” course offers international students a chance to improve their language skills with hands-on learning experiences across the UNL and Lincoln communities. Moving beyond classroom instruction, students participate in various activities closely related to their field of study so they can practice contextualized language skills through project-based experience.

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“It takes a village with Adobe Illustrator.” Students surround a computer during their Innovation Studio class, practicing language skills and gaining hands-on experience for their studies.

Hagel, Kerrey hopeful for the return of bipartisan politics

Chuck Hagel and Bob Kerrey openly admit that they didn’t always agree while serving as U.S. senators for Nebraska. Yet the two were able to set their differences aside to serve the interests of the people.

That kind of compromise is lacking in Washington today, they told an overflow crowd during the first Heuermann Lecture of the season Oct. 22 at Nebraska Innovation Campus. The free lecture was sponsored by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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Chuck Hagel and Bob Kerrey, former senators for Nebraska, discussed civil discourse and its impact on the state's future during the first Heuermann Lecture of the season Oct. 22 at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Husker alum uses art to tell veteran's story

Until Thursday, Jordan Lambrecht and Melissa Ewing had been strangers.

Now, Lambrecht is intimately familiar with Ewing’s life story, having spent two days working together at Nebraska Innovation Studio to artistically represent Ewing’s life and service in the United States military.

As Lambrecht sketched a rough draft, he explained how themes from Ewing’s story prompted his creative process.

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Veteran Melissa Ewing (left), Kendra Clapp Olguin, Has Heart communications director, and Husker alum Jordan Lambrecht work on the artwork representing Ewing's life story. Behind them, on screens at Nebraska Innovation Studio, is a photograph from Ewing's tour in Afghanistan.

Innovation Studio assists stadium window upgrade

Husker fans in Memorial Stadium's club suites will get to watch the Scott Frost era kickoff with a nearly unobstructed view through new windows developed by a Lincoln company, with an assist from Nebraska Innovation Studio.

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An installation crew from Glass Edge installs new window systems in the club suites of west Memorial Stadium. The windows were designed by Chad Bloomquist, who utilized resources available at Nebraska Innovation Studio to turn his idea into reality.

NIC to house Nebraska's first self-driving shuttle

Nebraska Innovation Campus is living up to its name.

The university’s epicenter of forward-thinking initiatives will temporarily house the state’s first self-driving shuttle, which was announced June 20 at Nebraska Innovation Studio.

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A self-driving shuttle, the first of its kind in Nebraska, will temporarily reside at Nebraska Innovation Campus and provide rides to the public in July.

South Korean company bases U.S. headquarters at Innovation Campus

Sunseo Omega 3, a South Korean agricultural company, has located its U.S. headquarters at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

“NIC is proud to welcome Sunseo Omega 3 to Nebraska,” said Dan Duncan, executive director of Nebraska Innovation Campus. “This direct foreign investment in the state is great boost for statewide economic development.”

The company, which manufactures and distributes animal feed, chose to locate in Nebraska because Nebraska beef is the preferred choice in the Korean market.

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Sunseo Omega 3 Logo

Rochester Midland joins Alliance for Advanced Sanitation

Lincoln, Neb. — Rochester Midland Corporation, a leader in specialty chemical manufacturing, has joined the Alliance for Advanced Sanitation.

Launched by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and founding industry partners in 2015, the alliance works to improve sanitation approaches and practices with and for the food industry.

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The Alliance for Advanced Sanitation is based in the Food Innovation Center at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Biotech Connector open for business

The Biotech Connector, the state’s first wet-lab business incubator, is now open for business at Nebraska Innovation Campus. Companies already are using the newly completed 7,700-square-foot facility, according to Dan Duncan, NIC’s executive director.

The Biotech Connector is a collaboration between NIC and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Bio Nebraska, Invest Nebraska and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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 Biotech Connector at Nebraska Innovation Campus is the state's first wet-lab. Wet labs are specialized laboratories that offer water, direct ventilation and specialized piped utilities. They are often used to test chemicals, drugs and biological matter.

Innovation Fellows excited for 'incredible' outreach opportunity

As long as he can remember, Dana Hoppe has been trying to find ways to meld his seemingly disparate passions – art and science.

As one of the first Innovation Fellows, Hoppe will design curricula for middle school students doing exactly that, combining science, engineering, math, technology and art.

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Chancellor Ronnie Green congratulates Caleb Kowalski on his selection as an inaugural Innovation Fellow Monday at Nebraska Innovation Studio.

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