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Shaun Ilahi uses art to tell overlooked stories, spark connections

Shaun Ilahi is not like most people. As a lawyer in the general counsel in Omaha for Habitat for Humanities, he helps with affordable housing construction and provides support and services to underserved areas. But Ilahi is also a budding artist, striving to redefine what society defines as beauty.

The Wisconsin native completed his undergraduate degree in Brooklyn, New York, and discovered his love for travel and finding beauty in things around him that others don’t see.

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Virtual Incision keeps building, learning at new Innovation Campus home

A mosaic of framed photos depicting great American innovators and explorers -- the Wright brothers, Amelia Earhart, Nikola Tesla -- are a constant reminder of Virtual Incision's central ethos.

"We do things, we build things here," said Shane Farritor, the chief technology officer of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln spinoff that designs and manufactures small, lightweight surgical robots.

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Virtual Incision, the UNL spinoff co-founded by professor Shane Farritor, continues work to develop surgical robots in the group's office and lab at Nebraska Innovation Campus. Farritor said the company's target customers are rural hospitals, or as he calls them, "Nebraska hospitals."

NIC to hire director of business development

The Nebraska Innovation Campus Development Corporation (NICDC) Director of Business Development is the lead person responsible for recruiting companies to partner with the University of Nebraska and other entities working on NIC. This position reports to the Executive Director of the Nebraska Innovation Campus Development Corporation.

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Faculty spinoff upgrades to a new home at Nebraska Innovation Campus

Virtual Incision, a medical device company founded by University of Nebraska faculty, has relocated and expanded its headquarters at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

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Annual Hour of Code event hosts more than 800 at Innovation Campus

On the ground floor of the conference center at Innovation Campus, excited children sat at computers learning and practicing coding Saturday morning. On the floor above them, booths boasting virtual reality, 3D printers and remote-operated robots enthralled others.

More than 800 students and parents registered for the fifth annual Hour of Code event and the accompanying Interactive Tech Fair.

In the coding room, several parents said it was a unique opportunity for the kids to learn in exciting ways.

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Eight-year-old Callan Scribner completes tasks at a virtual-reality station at the Hour of Code event Saturday, December 8 at the Innovation Campus Conference Center.

Gov. Ricketts, Bio Industry Leaders Host Nebraska Biotech Connector Ribbon-Cutting

On Tuesday, November 20, Governor Pete Ricketts and project sponsors gathered at Nebraska Innovation Campus to cut the ribbon on the Biotech Connector, Nebraska’s first exclusive bio industry startup incubator.

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Duncan announced as president of AURP Executive Committee

Daniel Duncan, Nebraska Innovation Campus Development Corporation Executive Director, has been elected as president of the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) for a two year term.

The association announced its 2018-2019 Board of Directors and newly elected leadership during a luncheon at the 2018 International Conference hosted by the University of Maryland’s Discovery District in College Park, Md.

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UNL makes bid to land two USDA agencies at Innovation Campus

University of Nebraska officials have bid to become the new headquarters for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

University of Nebraska – Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green says the university has partnered with the state of Nebraska and the city of Lincoln on the bid to bring the two agencies to Innovation Campus in Lincoln, built on the former state fairgrounds.

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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.

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