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NSF grant to support development of new phenotyping instrument

With support from a National Science Foundation grant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers are developing a new tool that will help them better identify plant characteristics that are critical to improving crop performance.

The three-year, $534,194 grant will be used to develop an instrument that will improve capacity, sensitivity and throughput for plant phenotyping.

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Hongfeng Yu (from left), Yufeng Ge and Harkamal Walia have received a National Science Foundation grant to develop a multi-wavelength LASER ranging and imaging instrument for phenotyping plant shoots at the whole-plant level.

Two candidates interview for food sanitation director

Two candidates will be interviewing for the position of founding director of the Alliance for Advanced Food Sanitation.

The selected individual will lead the initiation and development of university-industry research projects and outreach programs to the food industry to promote better and more efficient approaches to food sanitation based upon sound scientific and engineering principles.

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Ronnie Green named next UNL chancellor

University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds announced April 6 that following a national search, he has named Ronnie D. Green the next chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Green's appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Regents by its May 25 meeting.

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Ronnie Green talks during the April 6 announcement that he will serve as UNL's new chancellor.

Regional patent office director to visit UNL

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and NUtech Ventures will host several public events with Molly Kocialski, director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office, during her March 29-30 visit to the university.

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Innovation Studio hosts woodturners exhibit, reception

Work by the Great Plains Woodturning Club of Lincoln will be displayed at Nebraska Innovation Studio starting March 21. An exhibit reception will be 5 to 7 p.m. April 1 in the NIS Cooper Foundation Makers Gallery.

The event is free and open to the public. The reception attendees also will be invited to take self-guided tours of NIS.

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Members of the Great Plains Woodturning Club meet monthly at Nebraska Innovation Studio at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Virtual Incision mini-robots conduct first known human surgery

Virtual Incision Corp., a company founded by faculty members at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has announced the successful first-in-human use of its miniaturized robotically assisted surgical device.

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 Dmitry Oleynikov, a UNMC professor of surgery, operates a surgical robot as in the background Shane Farritor, a UNL engineering professor, adjusts the camera on the surgical subject in June 2015. The two developed the robot for minimally invasive surgeries. Farritor and Oleynikov's startup company, Virtual Incision, announced March 1 the first use of its miniaturized robot in human surgery.

"Silicon Prairie," America's new entrepreneurial frontier

Across the Great Plains -- even in winter -- the new cash crop is high tech.

What's happening, say Stephanie and Paul Jarrett, is an explosion of startup software companies in the heartland, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann.

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Safety and health organizations to join NIC

Nebraska Innovation Campus has announced a new partner. Dan Duncan, executive director of NIC, said Great Plains Safety and Health Organization and the Nebraska Safety Center will move into space on campus early this year.

The Great Plains Safety and Health Organization promotes safety, health and environmental responsibility by providing affordable professional education, support and advice. The group helps members and nonmembers to comply with or exceed OSHA, community and internal company safety and health requirements.

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ENHANCE Health Network names Bob Hellem as Chief Shared Services Officer

Lincoln, Nebraska, January 22, 2016 – ENHANCE Health Network today announced that Bob Hellem has been named Chief Shared Services Officer.  Hellem will be responsible for identifying and working to take advantage of a wide-range of opportunities that would assist ENHANCE member organizations in lowering their costs of care delivery primarily in the supply chain, materials management and purchasing/procurement arenas.
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Virtual Incision to locate at Nebraska Innovation Campus

Nebraska Innovation Campus has announced a new partner. Dan Duncan, executive director of NIC, said today that Virtual Incision Corp. will move into space on campus in early 2016.

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Dmitry Oleynikov, a professor of surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, operates a surgical robot as in the background Shane Farritor, an engineering professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, adjusts the camera on the surgical subject in June 2015. The two developed the robot for minimally invasive surgeries. Farritor and Oleynikov's startup company, Virtual Incisions, is joining Nebraska Innovation Campus.

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