University's COVID-19 efforts highlighted in 'Leading Nebraska' podcast

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University’s COVID-19 efforts highlighted in ‘Leading Nebraska’ podcast

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Jan tenBensel, chairman of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, directs Russell Parde as nonflammable ingredients are mixed inside the Food Innovation Center. The ingredients are mixed with the ethanol under stringent safety rules. Hand sanitizer is being made at Nebraska Innovation Campus through a collaboration between the Food Innovation Center and the Nebraska Ethanol Board.

In the latest episode of Leading Nebraska, the University of Nebraska system’s podcast, Hunter Flodman and Terry Howell talk about the rapid response of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in manufacturing hand sanitizer during a national shortage.

Flodman, associate professor of practice in chemical and bimolecular engineering, and Howell, director of the Food Processing Center at Nebraska Innovation Campus, take listeners behind the scenes of the production of about 200,000 gallons of hand sanitizer. The product was given to entities across the state, including long-term care centers and hospitals, for free.

Flodman also describes how partnerships were formed with the Nebraska Ethanol Board and private businesses to get the production up and running.

Later in the episode, the podcast focuses on additional efforts the university took to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, from assembling personal protective equipment at Nebraska Innovation Studio to funding more than $600,000 in new research focused on COVID-19.

The podcast is available on SoundCloud.

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