Jim Young was wrapped in gratitude and honor for the many lives he’s touched — including hundreds of veterans — when he received a Quilt of Valor during a presentation July 29 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Nebraska Innovation Studio.
Since Nebraska Innovation Studio opened its doors in 2015, the makerspace has continued to retool and expand its offerings, becoming one of the best facilities of its kind in the nation.
A lineup of researchers, staff and physicians who have used their powers for good — many by combatting the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 — fill the cover and the pages of the recently released 2019-2020 Nebraska Research Report.
In mid-March, when personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer were scarce, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Nebraska Innovation Campus helped address those needs.
Nebraska Innovation Studio is closed to the public, but its leaders and members are working around the clock to produce face shields for hospitals across the state.
Even though Nebraska Innovation Studio is closed to the public due to the coronavirus, its workers have found a way to help the community by assembling plastic face shields for Nebraska’s healthcare workers.
While assembling up to 1,800 face shields a day, staff at Nebraska Innovation Studio are also assisting coordination of an army of community workers and volunteers to make more personal protective equipment, namely gowns for first responders and fabric masks for essential workers.