URBANA – The Social Security numbers of some University of Illinois students were posted on a Web site for about six weeks in January and February.
The Department of Computer Science inadvertently posted the names, Social Security numbers and UI identification numbers of some of its students on its departmental Web site. The posted file did not contain the Social Security numbers of all the students listed, but it did contain the UI identification number for all of them.
URBANA – Robert McChesney has been labeled a "dangerous academic," but the charge doesn't leave him very concerned.
He called the new book that cites him, "The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America," an attack that is "sloppy and unimpressive, an apparent rush job."
URBANA – A manager with long ties to public broadcasting has been hired as general manager of WILL-AM-FM-TV in Urbana, pending approval from the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.
Mark Leonard, general manager for Central Washington at KCTS-TV in Seattle, has been chosen to succeed Donald Mullally, who retired last year.
CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois has put a halt to plans for a new building for the Illinois Natural History Survey.
The facility was to be built in the UI's research park to house the survey's and the UI's biological collections and the survey's Center for Biodiversity.
A new type of rocket propulsion system being developed by University of Illinois researchers generates thrust with a velocity fast enough to get you from here to Chicago in about five seconds.
Assuming a vehicle could actually move that fast (it can't), a state trooper didn't halt your progress along the way to write you a speeding ticket and you were traveling in an airless vacuum.
CHAMPAIGN – The guy who's been working to make the University of Illinois more attractive to big business has left to take a job in – where else? – big business.
Tony DeLio, the UI's director of business development, has joined National Starch & Chemical as general manager for its North American food division. The Bridgewater, N.J.-based company provides industrial starch to the food industry.
From the perspective of East Central Illinois, Earth looks like a seemingly endless expanse of dirt, and a pretty flat expanse at that.
Of course, most folks, if they think about it, know they're walking around on a big ball of soil, rock and other stuff. Miners and people visiting Mammoth Cave might think about what's underneath, but it's not something most of us spend a lot of thought on unless, for instance, a Mount St. Helens erupts.
In the world of cheerleading, sometimes flips flop.
That's why, just days before the NCAA basketball tournament launched its madness, the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators changed the rules on college cheerleaders everywhere. On March 6, the association recommended to the NCAA that it ban human pyramids more than two levels high, and basket tosses (a type of throw) without the use of a mat, from all NCAA events.
CHAMPAIGN – A fired Daily Illini editor intends to sue the newspaper's board for defamation and unlawful dismissal.
Former editor in chief Acton H. Gorton was fired Tuesday night, more than a month after he and the opinions page editor, Chuck Prochaska, were suspended with pay for publishing Danish cartoons ridiculing the prophet Mohammed on Feb. 9.
Fatty molecules that make up the membrane surrounding, and compartments within, cells have been turned to a different purpose by University of Illinois researchers.
While structures created with lipid molecules aren't very stable normally, UI Professor Steve Granick's lab has found a way to "cover them with studs of nanoparticles that sort of armor them."