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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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.

Farritor, student group help propel Maker Space concept

A quiet staging area for ongoing NIC construction, the space is reserved for a proposed Maker Space and the private/public research campus’ new business accelerator. NIC planners and UNL administrators hope the mix bubbles forth into a cauldron of hands-on creativity and innovation.

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The former Nebraska State Fair exhibit space on the first floor of the 4-H Building at Nebraska Innovation Campus has been reserved for a Maker Space and the NIC’s business accelerator. University administrators are seeking funds to create the space, which would allow individuals access to a variety of tools.

The Scarlet Interview - Terence Bowden, NIC Business Accelerator Director

Terence Bowden is the business accelerator director for Nebraska Innovation Campus. Bowden comes to NIC via Ireland and Dublin City University’s Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs, where he ran the Propeller Venture Accelerator, the No. 7-ranked accelerator in Europe. He is responsible for developing a business plan and programs for the NIC Business Accelerator that will support the efforts of faculty, staff, students and the community in starting and growing businesses.

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First new building taking shape at Innovation Campus

The first new building at Nebraska Innovation Campus is taking shape.

Construction workers have completed much of the shell for the Companion Building, a three-story building just north of and adjacent to the former 4-H Building on what used to be State Fair Park.

They’ve also nearly finished renovating the 4-H Building, which will include a conference center and office and research space.

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The Companion Building (left) to the former 4-H building is taking shape on Nebraska Innovation Campus as seen in this view looking east from the site of the old State Fair administration building.