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Smith challenges ag industry to tell real story of food production

According to Donnie Smith, it's time for the agricultural industry to take back the story of food production.

Smith delivered the second Heuermann Lecture of the 2017-18 season Jan. 9 at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

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 Donnie Smith, former president and CEO of Tyson Foods, speaks about global food security during the Heuermann Lecture Jan. 9 at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Former Tyson Foods CEO to deliver Jan. 9 Heuermann Lecture

Lincoln, Neb. — Donnie Smith, former president and CEO of Tyson Foods, will discuss global food security during the second Heuermann Lecture of the 2017-18 season on Jan. 9.

Smith said he believes the story of agriculture must be told truthfully to strengthen the ability to feed a growing population. He will highlight the role conventional farming must play in this effort and why the public should vigorously and vocally defend the practice.    

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The theme for the seventh year of Heuermann Lectures is "Think Globally, Act Locally."

University of Nebraska spinoff company receives major investment

A University of Nebraska faculty collaboration has received funding that will help it prepare a next-generation surgical robot for a round of human trials and consideration for commercial approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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UNMC's Dmitry Oleynikov operates a surgical robot as Shane Farritor (second from left), an engineering professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, adjusts the robot's camera. The researchers' company, Virtual Incision Corp., has received new funding to support human trials and potential commercial approval for the robotic.

Nebraska Unwrapped: Innovation Studio provides 'makers' tools of their dreams

It has been another successful year for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In the spirit of the holiday season, we’re unwrapping the impact of the state’s flagship institution and taking a closer look at some highlights. Today, "Nebraska Unwrapped" is focusing on innovation. Other topics in the series include student experience, outreach and research.

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A bust of Nebraska architect Thomas Kimball takes shape in Nebraska Innovation Studio. The bust was being done by artist David Manzanares, who utilities the studio to create his sculptures. He also teaches workshops for fellow studio members.

AIM Tech Celebration highlights region’s achievements

The AIM Tech Celebration welcomed nearly 450 of the Silicon Prairie’s tech professionals and supporters to the Omaha Design Center for an awards ceremony recognizing those who have made a profound impact within the local tech community.

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Brite Belt joins Alliance for Advanced Sanitation

Brite Belt, a company that specializes in flat conveyor belt cleaning and sanitizing, has joined the Alliance for Advanced Sanitation.

The alliance, launched by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and industry partners in 2015, works to improve sanitation approaches and practices with and for the food industry.

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MCNA Dental newly located at NIC

Nebraska Innovation Campus has announced a new partner. Dan Duncan, NIC's executive director, said MCNA Dental recently moved into its office space on the campus.

MCNA Dental is a leading dental benefits manager committed to providing high-quality services to state agencies and managed care organizations for their Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicare members. They serve about 4 million children and adults in Nebraska, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Iowa and Idaho, with operations to begin soon in Arkansas.

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Duncan elected to AURP Board of Directors

Dan Duncan, executive director of Nebraska Innovation Campus, has been elected to serve on the Association of University Research Parks' board of directors. Duncan was selected during the association's 2017 International Conference, which was Oct. 12 in Huntsville, Alabama. Read more about Duncan's selection.

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NIC earns international award as best ‘new’ research campus

Reflecting five years of momentum, Nebraska Innovation Campus was honored with the Emerging Research Park Award from the Association of University Research Parks on Oct. 11.

The award, among several of the association’s Awards of Excellence, is presented annually to a research park that has been in operation fewer than 10 years and excels in bringing technology from the laboratory to economically viable business activities, promoting business growth, jobs and public revenue.

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Nebraska Innovation Campus receives the Emerging Research Park Award during the annual conference of the Association of University Research Parks on Oct. 11.

Listen to America: A HuffPost Road Trip to stop in Lincoln, forum at NIC

HuffPost is hitting the road on a 25-city tour to hear concerns from across the nation.

They want to know: What does it mean to be American today? To find out, they're hitting the road this fall to interview people about their hopes, dreams, fears and definition of "being American." By converting a tour bus into a mobile video studio, they’ll capture conversations with people of all ages and backgrounds. Their goal: moving, multimedia storytelling that showcases what we share as Americans, rather than what divides us.

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