The vision of the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute is to advance research, scholarship, and creative innovation at the University of Nebraska. In so doing, to establish a national reputation as a preeminent research center known for its distinctive entrepreneurial focus on improving the human condition by solving societal problems and improving quality of life through advancement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Established in 1996 as one of two colleges within the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI), the College of Information Science and Technology (along with the College of Engineering & Technology) is recognized as a path-breaking model for information technology education.
The mission of The Peter Kiewit Institute is to serve the University of Nebraska, the greater Omaha metropolitan region and the great State of Nebraska. The Institute does this in two ways: (1) By educating and developing a high-technology workforce to meet industry, business and government needs; and (2) by creating economic growth through commercializing technology and intellectual property created by faculty and students conducting advanced research in the Institute’s laboratories.
Bioinformatics is an exciting and rapidly growing field that uses computer technology and information science to study biological information and structures. Specifically, it is the science of developing computer databases and algorithms to facilitate and expedite biological research, particularly in genomics.
The UNMC Biomedical Informatics Core Facility provides UNMC researchers with computational and informatics tools, software packages, computational clusters, servers, and workstations. The facility's hardware and software resources are available to the end-users 24/7.
UNMC is committed to develop strong research and educational programs in Bioinformatics and Systems biology. The Center for Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (CBSB) is a university-wide resource that fosters research and teaching activities related to bioinformatics and systems biology at UNMC. The mission of CBSB is to provide infrastructure, resources and educational training in the rapidly expanding field of bioinformatics with the ultimate goal of promoting synergistic research activities at the intersection of computational and experimental disciplines. This facility will be accessible to all UNMC and outside researchers who want to analyze biomolecular datasets (DNA, RNA, proteins, etc.).
The Charlie Campbell Science Center embodies the museum's vision for Science: Omaha Children’s Museum strives to instill a sense of wonder in science and its phenomena. Hands-on activities and exhibits are designed to introduce children to basic science concepts and the scientific method. Curiosity, experimentation and tinkering are encouraged and presented in a way that complements traditional science education. Parents are given ideas on how to enjoy science with their children and to help reinforce science investigation and learning at home.