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Students, Innovation Studio team up to help Whiteclay Makerspace

In a small way, a group of University of Nebraska–Lincoln students and staff are helping Whiteclay, Nebraska, make a big change.

Through a partnership with Rotary International District 5610 out of southern South Dakota, staff from Nebraska Innovation Studio and students from the College of Engineering learning community, Engineering to Change the World, made 30 individual toolboxes for Native American artists who are utilizing the new and developing Whiteclay Makerspace.

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Students assemble toolboxes in Nebraska Innovation Studio on Oct. 17. The boxes will be given to the Whiteclay Makerspace.

The Scarlet aims to capture Nebraska in a night’s stay

The hotel being built at Nebraska Innovation Campus will be named The Scarlet, it was revealed during an Aug. 18 event.

The name and brand package for the 154-room Marriott Tribute property was created by Archrival, a Lincoln creative agency.

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Construction on The Scarlet Hotel, a 154-room Marriott Tribute property at Transformation Drive and 21st Street, is quickly progressing.

Hand sanitizer production pauses after 200K gallons

After manufacturing and donating more than 200,000 gallons of hand sanitizer at Nebraska Innovation Campus, production and distribution will cease on July 31.

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An employee at the Food Processing Center fills jugs of hand sanitizer. More than 200,000 gallons were produced and distributed.

Fall prep includes face shields for instructors, staff

Face masks are now the new norm in classrooms, offices and public spaces across the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

For students who are deaf or hard of hearing, however, interacting with someone wearing a face mask can be challenging. The masks block vital facial cues, take away the ability to lip read and make it harder to hear the speaker’s voice.

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David Strang, an events associate with Academic Services and Enrollment Management, wears a face shield from Nebraska Innovation Campus while visiting with fellow Huskers. The face shields will be distributed to offices and colleges across campus to support students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Staff craft solution to deliver hand sanitizer to campus

Necessity is the mother of invention, and Jim Jackson had a mother lode of necessity — the numbers he was looking at were staggering.

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Jim Jackson, associate vice chancellor of University Operations, put a team together to solve the problem of efficiently distributing hand sanitizer across campus. They invented the large-capacity, free-standing dispenser station shown here.

Canadian company locates first U.S. office at NIC

A Canadian company, JCA Electronics, has become the newest partner at Nebraska Innovation Campus, Dan Duncan, NIC’s executive director, announced May 21.

JCA develops advanced technology solutions for mobile machines and is emerging as a leader in technology solutions that enable advanced precision agriculture and autonomous applications. The company applies a combination of advanced technologies, engineering expertise and manufacturing capabilities to enable unique mobile off-highway machine systems.

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JCA Electronics Logo

USDA meatpacking inspectors receive hand sanitizer made at Nebraska U

Food safety inspectors employed by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service are receiving a supply of hand sanitizer thanks to an innovative partnership between Nebraska’s ethanol industry and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

The hand sanitizer will be used by the men and women responsible for inspecting more than 6,500 meat-processing facilities across the country, ranging from “mom-and-pop” facilities that handle only a few animals at a time to the giant beef, poultry and pork plants that employ thousands of people.

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Hand sanitizer is mixed and loaded into jugs inside a fenced-off section of the Food Innovation Center parking lot. More than 6,800 gallons of the hand sanitizer has been shipped to the USDA for use by food safety inspectors.

Innovation Campus' PPE projects benefit hundreds of communities

In mid-March, when personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer were scarce, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Nebraska Innovation Campus helped address those needs.

The efforts have rippled across Nebraska and the United States. To date, hundreds of communities and thousands of individuals have benefited from the expertise and innovation found at NIC.

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Communities Receiving NIC Aid Map

Innovation Studio coordinating army of makers for PPE projects

While assembling up to 1,800 face shields a day, staff at Nebraska Innovation Studio are also assisting coordination of an army of community workers and volunteers to make more personal protective equipment, namely gowns for first responders and fabric masks for essential workers.

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Jerry Reif, studio manager at Nebraska Innovation Studio, cuts out a gown form from Tyvec material.

Hand sanitizer for health care produced at Nebraska Innovation Campus

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is partnering with the Nebraska ethanol industry to produce hand sanitizer for use by hospitals, nursing homes, doctors’ offices and other health care providers in Nebraska and nearby areas.

After a successful initial run April 5 at the Food Processing Center on Nebraska Innovation Campus, the partners completed their first full day of production April 6.

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Jan tenBensel, chairman of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, directs Russell Parde as nonflammable ingredients are mixed inside the Food Innovation Center. The ingredients are mixed with the ethanol under stringent safety rules. Hand sanitizer is being made at Nebraska Innovation Campus through a collaboration between the Food Innovation Center and the Nebraska Ethanol Board.

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