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Curious Cornhuskers: Why the Innovation Campus greenhouse lights are pink at night

As part of our initiative called Curious Cornhuskers, an anonymous reader asked The Daily Nebraskan, “Why are the Innovation Campus’s greenhouse lights pink at night?”

The lights give off a pink or purple color because they are a mixture of the red and blue colors that plants like to absorb, according to Amy Hilske, plant growth facilities director for the Greenhouse Innovation Center on Nebraska Innovation Campus. She said the greenhouse’s lights are programmed to be 20% blue and 80% red because of research that shows plants absorb red more. 

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  The Greenhouse Innovation Center on Nebraska Innovation Campus pictured on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Photo by Zekiel Williams

Nebraska Innovation Campus home to one of a kind stomach wellness facility

The Food Innovation Center, located at Nebraska Innovation Campus, hosted an event to showcase several of its dietary and nutrition programs Wednesday.

One of the groups is called Nebraska Food for Health Center; a group that has invested over $40 million into its research.

What it researches is using micro-biome research to link agriculture and food production to wellness and disease prevention.

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Lincoln biotech company gets $20 million venture capital investment

A Lincoln-based biopharmaceutical company announced Wednesday that it has received a $20 million venture capital investment.

The Series A investment for Adjuvance Technologies came from Morningside Venture Investments Limited, a company with offices both in the U.S. and China that has invested in dozens of startups.

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Lincoln medical device company gets $20 million venture capital investment

A medical-device company spun off from research done at the University of Nebraska announced it had received $20 million in a second round of venture capital investment Tuesday.

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Virtual Incision, the UNL spinoff co-founded by professor Shane Farritor, continues work to develop surgical robots in the group's office and lab at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Hour of Code teaches kids lifelong skills

Learning to speak the language of computers was the focus at Saturday's One Hour of Code, held at Innovation Campus. Coding and computer science knowledge are skills that many parents and teachers think are lifelong and it is best to start learning young.

"This is the life that they live," said Kathie Schoonveld, a parent. "They're going to have this forever."

Saturday's One Hour Code Event could be looked at as a way to spend a Saturday morning, or it could be seen as a way to develop a lifelong skill.

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Hour of Code took place at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center on Saturday, December 7.

The Combine Receives SBA Award

In September 2019, Invest Nebraska announced its new incubator program, called the Combine.  This program is a statewide initiative to support high growth companies in food and agriculture.  The program provides support to help companies commercialize nascent technologies that are being developed in the state – including those at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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In September 2019, Invest Nebraska announced its new incubator program, called the Combine.  This program is a statewide initiative to support high growth companies in food and agriculture.

Innovation Studio matches makers with project requests

It started as a trickle, but as Nebraska Innovation Studio’s reputation grew, David Martin found himself fielding more and more requests.

“I was getting consistent calls asking if we could make something,” said Martin, director of Innovation Studio. “The word got out that we have incredibly talented makers that can do a lot of different things.

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Carly Brotherson pulls sock blocks from the laser cutter at Nebraska Innovation Studio Nov. 25. Brotherson made the sock blocks for a yarn store, which requested the project through the new 'Request a Maker' button, which matches makers to projects.

Engel receives Association of University Research Parks award

Kate Engel, director of communication and culture for Nebraska Innovation Campus, was honored with the Rising Star Award from the Association of University Research Parks on November 6.

The award, among several of the association’s Awards of Excellence, recognizes an individual under the age of 40 that exhibits significant contributions to the development and success of communities of innovation.

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Kate Engel, director of communication and culture for Nebraska Innovation Campus, was honored with the Rising Star Award from the Association of University Research Parks on November 6.

Faculty-led startup takes aim at improving gut health

Nebraska faculty have founded a university spin-off company, Synbiotic Health, to develop a combination of beneficial gut bacteria and the fuel that feeds them.

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Bob Hutkins, Khem Shahani Professor of Food Science and Technology, is a member of the recently formed university spin-off company Synbiotic Health.

Possible solution for nitrate pollution moving from lab to field in Nebraska

A possible solution for one form of water pollution is moving out of the lab and into the field in Nebraska, in a development that could revive some unused wells and save some towns a lot of money.

In a nondescript, off-white room on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Innovation Campus, Paul Black shows off what look like a series of water-filled glass hamster tubes in brilliant red, fuchsia, and green hues.

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Paul Black in the laboratory at Nebraska Innovation Campus. (Photo by Fred Knapp, NET News)

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