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Engel named NIC’s interim executive director

Kate Engel has been named interim executive director of the Nebraska Innovation Campus Development Corporation, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation owned by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

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Kate A. Engel named NIC’s interim executive director

Innovation Studio has helped more than 220 veterans

Three afternoons a week, a group of veterans meets at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Nebraska Innovation Studio as part of a therapeutic program that provides an outlet for their creativity, a space for camaraderie, and helps them develop a renewed sense of purpose.

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David Key and Richard Schaefer work on a lathe at Nebraska Innovation Studio.

Bay High, Innovation Studio explore partnership

The wheels of creativity were turning for nearly 60 juniors and seniors from Lincoln Public Schools as they toured Nebraska Innovation Studio on Oct. 20.

As Jerry Reif, assistant director of NIS, led small groups through the studio, some students were impressed with the laser cutters, others wanted to know more about metal working or screen printing, but all were in awe at the possibilities.

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Jerry Reif (center) speaks with Bay High students outside the woodshop in Nebraska Innovation Studio on Oct. 20.

Food Processing Center’s Co-packing Program helps smaller companies

A homemade ice cream company from Texas found their way to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Innovation Campus, through the Food Processing Center’s small-batch co-packing specialty and recently-acquired safe quality food certification.

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Processing Center Dairy Plant

$25M federal award to expand robotics development, entrepreneurship, outreach

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is taking a lead role in a $25 million federal award that will push the boundaries of robotics innovation and serve as an economic driver for the Cornhusker State.

The award is part of a $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge program announced Sept. 2 by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Huskers work on a drone swarm idea in a College of Engineering lab. The federal award will expand all levels of robotics instruction on campus.

Berry study leads to sweet faculty startup

When the American Aronia Berry Association approached Husker researcher Changmou Xu with a problem, he set out to solve it in a big way.

He and his wife and co-founder, Xiaoqing Xie, have worked with numerous campus entities to increase the value of the aronia berry through their startup, A+ Berry.

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Xiaoqing Xie (left) and Changmou Xu pose with an Aronia berry bush growing outside of Food Innovation Center along with bottles of AroJuice and AroWine, a product by the A+ Berry Company. The goal of the Aronia berry research group is to convert Aronia berries, a superfruit mainly grown in the midwest, into functional foods and ingredients.

Sensory lab offers variety of testing to suit client needs

If you’ve ever tried a company’s new low-sodium or gluten-free product, you may have enjoyed the fruits of a sensory analysis test run at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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Three university community members take part in a taste test in the Sensory Analysis Lab in the Food Processing Center on Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Innovation Studio volunteer receives Quilt of Valor for work with veterans

Jim Young was wrapped in gratitude and honor for the many lives he’s touched — including hundreds of veterans — when he received a Quilt of Valor during a presentation July 29 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Nebraska Innovation Studio.

At the presentation, Young was flanked by sister-in-law, Pat Young, and wife Victoria, and seated near the same lathes he’s spent countless hours standing over to train veterans on woodturning. They are lessons that double as therapy, helping the veterans heal.

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Jim Young (seated) is wrapped in his quilt from the Quilts of Valor Foundation by his sister-in-law, Pat Young, and wife, Victoria, while Doug Kapke of Fairbury looks on.

$1.6M federal award supports academic space at Scarlet Hotel

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has received a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to complete an academic facility offering real-world teaching within The Scarlet Hotel.

The funds will initiate the build-out of a 100-seat classroom and offices within the hotel, offering new opportunities for Huskers seeking hospitality, restaurant and tourism management degrees through the College of Education and Human Sciences.

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Exterior view of The Scarlet Hotel, a Marriott Tribute hotel located at Nebraska Innovation Campus. The hotel opened in May and will be home to the university's Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management program.

Scarlet Hotel is open to serve Huskers

Nebraska’s Scarlet Hotel is open for business.

Located at Nebraska Innovation Campus, the 154-room Marriott Tribute hotel is home to The Good Life Coffee Shop; the Well & Good, the hotel’s signature restaurant; and the Barred Owl, the rooftop bar with incredible views of Lincoln. The hotel’s restaurant, bar and coffee shop are open to the public and feature Nebraska-inspired cuisine and drinks.

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The Scarlet Hotel on Nebraska Innovation Campus has opened. The Marriott Tribute hotel features 154 rooms, a coffee shop, signature restaurant and rooftop bar. All are open to the public. | Craig Chandler | University Communication