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University of Illinois Professor Thomas Huang has been working for years to get your computer to be more friendly.
Software developed by Huang and his students, coupled with cameras, is supposed to let user and machine interact in ways that are natural for humans, with voice and gestures instead of a keyboard and mouse.
SPRINGFIELD – Graduates with student loans held by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission would be able to maintain the same repayment incentives even if their loans were sold to a private company, under legislation State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, introduced this week.
Jakobsson said she did not believe the state should sell the loan portfolio for a one-time infusion of cash.
URBANA – The University of Illinois is among a number of universities asking the Coca-Cola Co. to resolve human rights issues at bottling plants overseas.
Chancellor Richard Herman wrote a letter, dated Nov. 30, to Coke's director of global labor relations, expressing "serious concern" about allegations concerning bottling plants in Colombia and India. The allegations include intimidation of workers involved in union activity in Colombia and water supply issues and pollution in India.
John Rogers thinks your walls, carpet, couch and clothing could compute some day, not to mention your newspaper.
Mind you, he's not talking about reading the news on a computer screen. He's talking about folding the screen and putting it in your pocket, much like the paper paper.
URBANA – The University of Illinois Library got an early Christmas present Tuesday night.
Two priceless volumes of Collyer's Eye were returned to the library.
Champaign police Officer Ganesh Reddy took a cruise through Campustown at the start of his shift to see how things were developing.
On that recent Tuesday night, Reddy saw one campus bar was beginning to show a line outside the building as early as 10 p.m. More college students were gathered on the porch of a house occupied by members of a fraternity. That crowd was starting to overflow into the yard.
URBANA – Don Carlson has taught theoretical and applied mechanics at the University of Illinois for 41 years. His department teaches fundamentals to engineering students from several disciplines, and he says it does so well and efficiently, setting the UI apart from other engineering schools and contributing to its top ranking.
But it has about half the faculty it had two years ago, and next year the department may be gone altogether. Plans call for merging it with mechanical engineering.
URBANA – The Illini are sending another set of Illini a videotaped Christmas present.
In Project Vowel, put together by Urbana resident Charles Brock, members of the University of Illinois football and basketball teams, as well as Chancellor Richard Herman give their best wishes to military members currently stationed abroad.
CHAMPAIGN – The management of Assembly Hall will remain with the University of Illinois Student Affairs Office, rather than being turned over to the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Chancellor Richard Herman said he is implementing a joint reporting arrangement for the facility, with the student affairs office continuing to provide day-to-day management and the athletic department overseeing plans and fundraising for renovations.
URBANA – The dean of the University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts will step down at the end of this semester.
Kathleen Conlin informed the faculty and staff of the college of her decision by letter this week, saying she wanted to move her focus from administration to teaching and arts practice. Conlin said she and her family intend to stay in Champaign-Urbana.