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NEBRASKA TODAY, October 9, 2015
Nebraska Innovation Campus [http://innovate.unl.edu] will open its doors to the public Oct. 9 to celebrate its grand opening. The grand opening celebration at Nebraska Innovation Campus continues today with public tours and a Nebraska Alumni Association“Football Friday” event. NIC works to connect private business partners with the talent of UNL faculty for the purpose of transforming ideas into innovations. NIC has established a collaborative and innovative culture that nurtures dynamic, creative energy. Campus tours begin at 4 and 4:30 p.m. From 5 to 7 p.m., the Nebraska Alumni Association will host Football Friday at NIC in anticipation of the Oct. 10 football game against Wisconsin. At full build-out, NIC will be a 2.2-million square-foot sustainable campus with uniquely designed buildings and amenities that inspire creative activity and engagement. The core buildings now open include: Innovation Commons , a state-of-the-art office complex and the hubof the campus; The Food Innovation Center , a world-class structure that is all about food on every dimension, from taste and texture, to human health and digestion; and The Greenhouse Innovation Center , with a high-tech phenotyping system that allows researchers to gather useful information about individual plants throughout their growth cycle. Nebraska Innovation Studio, a new maker space, occupies part of the first floor of the commons. Manufacturing-grade equipment in this new maker space provides membership access for UNL students, faculty,staff and community members as well as workshops and training.