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$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.

Central Data Storage newly located at Innovation Campus

Nebraska Innovation Campus has announced a new partner. Dan Duncan, NIC’s executive director, said Central Data Storage recently moved into its office space on the campus.

Central Data Storage is a software and services company that offers business-critical data backup and recovery, as well as encrypted messaging for highly regulated businesses. Central Data Storage provides daily account monitoring, in-house support and military grade file encryption that ensures a company’s digital assets are protected, as well as a 24- hour recovery guarantee.

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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.

Innovation Campus to host 2022 Nebraska Bluegrass concert series

Nebraska Innovation Campus has partnered with local organizations to offer and host the 2022 Nebraska Bluegrass Concert Series.

The live music concert series is free and open to the public. It will feature bluegrass bands from the Appalachian regions, Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and Lincoln-based groups. The concerts will take place at 6 p.m. in the plaza at Nebraska Innovation Campus on Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12. Food and drink will be available for purchase from The Mill Coffee and Bistro starting at 5 p.m.

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Nebraska Innovation Campus has partnered with local organizations to offer and host the Nebraska Bluegrass Concert Series.

$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.

HRTM grad begins career at The Scarlet Hotel

The ribbon cutting for The Scarlet Hotel on May 6 holds double significance for Rebecca Ellers. Not only will the occasion mark the grand opening of the brand-new 154-room Marriott Tribute Portfolio Hotel located on Nebraska Innovation Campus, but it also serves as the launch of Ellers’ career in the hospitality industry.

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Rebecca Ellers began working at The Scarlet Hotel in January, as part of her final internship for the HRTM program. She now serves as the front desk supervisor.

Two Nebraska startups get federal small-business grants

Two startups that are part of the Combine Incubator at Nebraska Innovation Campus have been awarded federal small-business grants.

Birds Eye Robotics and Thyreos Inc. both received Small Business Innovation Research grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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The Rise Building (right), is home to the Combine Incubator at Nebraska Innovation Campus. Two Combine-based companies have received federal small-business grants. | CRAIG CHANDLER, UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

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

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