University leads research into heat-tolerant crops

Lincoln, Neb. — Harkamal Walia, associate professor of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been awarded a $5.78 million National Science Foundation grant to explore the affects of high nighttime temperatures on wheat and rice. 

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Harkamal Walia (second from left) discusses an experimental plan for the grant at the high-throughput phenotyping facility at the Greenhouse Innovation Center on Nebraska Innovation Campus. From left is Toshihiro Obata, Hongfeng Yu and Qi Zhang. Not pictured are researchers Chi Zhang and Gota Morota. (Craig Chandler - University Communication)

Mill Coffee & Bistro set for June 12 opening at NIC

Open to public, NIC's first restaurant is a new take on a local favorite

The Mill Coffee & Bistro will open for business at Nebraska Innovation Campus on June 12.

The Bistro will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a menu that features The Mill’s signature coffees and teas as well as an expanded food menu of breakfast items, lunch items, small plates, snacks, wine and beer. The new restaurant is open to the public.

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 Members of NIC partner Spreetail check out The Mill Coffee & Bistro on June 7. The new restaurant -- the first for Nebraska Innovation Campus -- opens to the public June 12. Craig Chandler | University Communication

Makerspaces: A Growing Nebraska Trend

Makerspaces are do-it-yourself shops popping up all across the U.S. The fast-growing trend has caught the attention of Nebraska educators and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Koosha Mooghen Dastgerdi immigrated to the United States from Iran in 2014 for two reasons. The first:

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Koosha Mooghen Dastgerdi is a furniture maker who immigrated to the U.S. from Iran in 2014. He now designs and creates furniture at the Innovation Studio on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. (Photo by Ben Bohall, NET News)

Bolero expands to research administration outside of UNL

Companies, postsecondary institutions and other large organizations are becoming more intentional about corporate innovation. But sometimes a solution to an internal problem can unexpectedly turn into a startup.

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The other side of e-commerce: Spreetail to hire hundreds

E-commerce has become a dirty word in many circles, with people blaming online shopping for killing everything from the mom-and-pop corner store to their favorite mall chain.

So far this year, Radio Shack, Vanity, Family Christian Stores and Rue 21 have all either closed stores in Lincoln or announced plans to do so. And other chains, including Sears, J.C. Penney, Gordmans and Payless ShoeSource, have announced store closings elsewhere in Nebraska.

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Spreetail, an e-commerce company located at Nebraska Innovation Campus, is looking to hire 400 people over the next three years.

Local view: Partnerships a proven model

Four years ago, we turned the first shovel of dirt at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Leaders in Nebraska education, business and government had outlined a bold vision for this public-private venture adjacent to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. We wanted to combine the expertise of UNL faculty with the resources of the private sector to bring research breakthroughs to market, attract talent to our state and grow Nebraska’s workforce and economy.

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Weller named head of food science and technology, Food Processing Center

Curtis Weller has been named head of the Department of Food Science and Technology and director of the Food Processing Center at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Weller has held both roles on an interim basis since August 2016, when Rolando Flores left to become dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University.

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Former California ag secretary to deliver Heuermann Lecture

Former California Secretary of Agriculture Arthur Gen "A.G." Kawamura will discuss water and global resources during the next Heuermann Lecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The free lecture, sponsored by the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will be at 4:30 p.m. April 12 at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center, 2021 Transformation Drive.

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