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2006.10.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Fitzgerald - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3536 - email: tfitzgerald.unomaha.edu

UNO Collaboration Science Institute Receives First Contract

Omaha - The new Institute for Collaboration Science (ICS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has been awarded a $120,000 contract from the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) for developing long-range infrastructure strategies for the military agency. The contract is the first to be received since the institute was founded by Omaha investor Steve Wild.

The UNO portion is part of an $800,000 contract with Omaha's Spiral Solutions and Technologies, located at the Scott Technology Center. "We will focus on new work practices for USSTRATCOM," said Robert Briggs, director of academic affairs for the institute. "We'll provide the tools and how to use them, and we will design work practices that need to be redesigned."

Briggs will serve as principal investigator for the project. He will be assisted by two UNO doctoral students and faculty members from the six UNO colleges.

The ICS was established July 6. It brings together faculty from all of UNO's colleges to focus on working to solve problems and train students in collaboration. The institute initially received $350,000 from Wild, $125,000 from the University of Nebraska Foundation and $50,000 from the university's technology fee.

"With this new contract, we now have the seed money and hope this is the start of a good relationship with USSTRATCOM," Briggs said.

Services provided by the ICS include:
- Creating scientific knowledge in the area of collaborative science;
- Providing community outreach with organizations that have collaboration needs; and
- An educational component working to create classes in collaboration.

For more information, contact Briggs at (402) 554-2972.

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