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Some question site for proposed UI solar farm

CHAMPAIGN — While pleased about the prospect of a solar farm at the University of Illinois, some sustainability advocates and community residents are questioning the UI's choice of a site.

UI plans solar farm near research park

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois plans to build a solar farm along Windsor Road west of First Street that could supply about 2 percent of campus energy needs.

$30 million research center will be based at UI

URBANA — A proposal for a research center based at the University of Illinois has been awarded $30 million over the next five years, with $12.5 million of that expected to flow to the local campus.

The new SONIC center — short for Systems on Nanoscale Information fabriCs — will be directed by Naresh Shanbhag, a UI professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Ex-CEO of Argus takes helm of Silicon Valley firm

SAVOY — The former president of Argus Systems Group in Savoy has taken a new job as president and chief executive officer of a company based in Silicon Valley.

Andrew Jones has taken the helm of Orchestral Networks, a Redwood City, Calif.-based company that develops software for wireless network providers.

Rich Warren: Sound bars allow you to drink in better clarity from TVs

Belly up to the sound bar boys (and girls). A reader asked if the sound bars being marketed for TVs would improve upon the interior speakers:

Busey warns of reported phone scam

The following is from Busey:

CHAMPAIGN — Scammers looking to steal information from unsuspecting telephone users have begun contacting residents of central Illinois. Busey has received numerous reports from customers and non-customers of recent attempts to get personal or financial information from consumers using telephones.

Presentation on aliens scheduled for Nov. 2 at Staerkel Planetarium

CHAMPAIGN — How likely is it that aliens have visited Earth? Join University of Illinois physicist Kevin Pitts for a discussion of the possibilities in the next William M. Staerkel Planetarium "World of Science" lecture.

His presentation, "The Physics of UFOs," will be given at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the planetarium at Parkland College.

As a 'stage manager' of medical theater, he's ... scary good

CHAMPAIGN — When Jim Rowland dressed as a green-faced witch with a hooked nose and protruding chin for a Halloween office party last year, he didn't wear a mask he'd purchased.

He created the horrifying visage himself, using two prosthetic devices that he glued onto his face and silicone rubber to hide the seams. He covered that with a ghoulish shade of Ben Nye creme makeup.

Spinlight in Spotlight: New Toys R Us tablet features local apps; products also catch eye of Barnes & Noble

CHAMPAIGN — When Toys R Us launched its Tabeo computer tablet for kids this month, it included three Web applications developed in Champaign.

The apps — "AlphaTots," "Operation Math" and "Swapsies" — were all developed by Champaign-based Spinlight Studio. They're among 50 apps preloaded on the Tabeo.

UI students use homecoming game to analyze, improve event traffic

CHAMPAIGN — In an ideal world, you will be able to drive with ease toward Memorial Stadium on game day and grab an optimal spot for tailgating with few traffic glitches.

The reality is not always that case, and most major events like football games, marathons and concerts cause traffic headaches in big and small cities across the globe.