UNL chancellor upbeat as new school year set to begin

With another school year about to begin at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, it was an opportune time Tuesday for UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman to tout what’s on the university’s short and long-term horizon during a visit to Norfolk.

For example, enrollment this fall looks to be strong because of a large incoming freshman class. On-campus student housing is full and the university will be welcoming 200 Brazilian students, Perlman said. Official enrollment figures will be released later.

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NIC Conference Center Grand Opening

Join the Nebraska Alumni Association, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the local business community for the public grand opening celebration of the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center. Register here.

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NIC Conference Center Auditorium

StarTran to add route to Innovation Campus

StarTran will add a bus route to shuttle University of Nebraska-Lincoln students to and from Nebraska Innovation Campus beginning in August 2015.

The NU Board of Regents approved a five-year, $4.1 million agreement for bus service with the city of Lincoln on Friday, including the new route connecting UNL’s City and East campuses with Innovation Campus.

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Interdisciplinary retreat fosters collaboration

Research collaborations begin with conversations.

That was the message at UNL's 2014 Interdisciplinary Faculty Retreat on May 15-16, which also served as the kickoff event at Nebraska Innovation Campus' new conference center. Researchers from across campus met their faculty colleagues and learned about research going on at the university.

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Chancellor Harvey Perlman welcomes faculty to the 2014 Interdisciplinary Faculty Retreat at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Nebraska Innovation Campus making progress

What once used to be the home of the Nebraska State Fair will soon be the site of a new research campus owned by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

"We will engage the private sector in joint research, joint opportunities for students that creates value for the university and the company," Exec. Dir. Dan Duncan said.

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Terence Bowden hops pond to build UNL Innovation Campus accelerator

It was a gloomy, wet evening in Dublin when Terence Bowden's phone rang as he left work at 7 p.m. to walk to the train in the rain.

His former boss was calling from sunny Arizona. Would he be interested in hopping the pond to start an accelerator in the middle of America at the University of Nebraska's new Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC)?

"Yeah, I could be interested," he said.

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Terence Bowden

Food sciences moving to Innovation Campus

The University of Nebraska added $4.5 million in leased space at Nebraska Innovation Campus Friday, bringing its total lease commitment at the research and technology park to $7.8 million.

The NU Board of Regents approved a plan adding 117,000 additional square feet of space to the campus and moving the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Food Science and Technology Department to the campus in 2015.

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UNL Maker Space, Maker Club aim to create innovative culture on campus

Jay Carlson knows the power of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Three years ago, when he was an electrical engineering undergrad at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he also was a page designer at UNL's student newspaper the Daily Nebraskan. Every night, he would work with reporters, copy editors and photographers to design a visually appealing paper.

“I’m someone who has a left and a right brain, and I like to use both," Carlson said.

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Interest in UNL Maker Club's first meeting on Feb. 5 was so high they had to move it to a larger lecture hall to fit everyone. More than 200 people showed up.

First NIC facilities roll toward summer finish

Nebraska Innovation Campus will open for business this summer as the first two buildings and a four-season greenhouse go online.

Construction on the former State Fair Park continues as the two buildings — the former 4-H Building and new Companion Building — are scheduled to open for a June move-in. Work on the state-of-the-art greenhouse will begin soon.

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A construction worker sands drywall in a redesigned 4-H Building hallway on Nebraska Innovation Campus.