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Food Processing Center aids in launching products

The Food Processing Center, located on NIC, has had a hand in the development of many companies and their products.

NuTek Natural Ingredients is one of those companies that took advantage of the state-of-the-art facility, its labs, office space and expertise in food science to develop its salt alternative, Salt for Life.

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NuTek Natural Ingredients Salt for Life Product

Food science, tech program offers Huskers valuable real-world experience

A program launched by a student experience is helping Huskers in food science and technology majors gain hands-on experience while making positive real-world impacts.

Offered through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Department of Food Science and Technology, the Food Processing Center’s Student Rotation program allows undergraduates to participate in four lab experiences. Those labs — dairy plant, pilot plant, product development lab and sensory lab — were first completed by a student who just happened to take them through the four years of her collegiate career.

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April Johnson is one of a number of Huskers learning real-world career skills in the in the product development lab at the Food Innovation Center. One of the lab's clients is a company testing a pectin replacement for gummies.

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.

Husker scientists studying our ‘second brain’ — the gut microbiome

As researchers for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Food for Health Center, Andy Benson and Robert Hutkins are asking and answering questions about our second brain — the gut microbiome.

Using what they’ve learned in the laboratory, and the specialized strains of bacteria they developed, Benson and Hutkins, along with Nebraska animal scientist Tom Burkey and former Husker scientist Jens Walter, launched their own company to bring their research to the marketplace.

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Robert Hutkins and Andy Benson are photographed in the Nebraska Food for Health Center. This image is a composite so the two researchers could appear in one photo without masks.

Industry pros say future is bright for Nebraska HRTM students

Strong industry support for the Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will continue to create opportunities for its students and graduates.

Industry leaders acknowledge that 2020 was a challenging year for the world economy, but they remain highly optimistic about the future.

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An architect's rendering of The Scarlet hotel under construction at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Fortenberry achieves $11M in funding for USDA agriculture research facility at Nebraska

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, was successful in achieving $11.2 million in federal funding for the planning and design of a USDA Agricultural Research Service facility.

The funding is included in the federal 2021 omnibus appropriations bill, which was approved by Congress yesterday. Fortenberry said the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be the site of the facility.

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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.