Beckman Institute's interim director made permanent

URBANA — The interim director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is getting the job on a more permanent basis.

Jeffrey Moore, a longtime University of Illinois professor of materials science and engineering, was named director Tuesday pending approval by UI trustees.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: FamilySearch videos explain unindexed records

FamilySearch, the largest free ancestral record website in the world, has created some brief videos on how to use its unindexed records — which comprise about 70 percent of its billions of records. Robert Kehrer shows how to make use of this vast store of unindexed data at

Playing Critic: 'Puyo Puyo Tetris' offers a ton of action

"Puyo Puyo Tetris" is a rare thing — a competitive puzzle game where my wife is not only willing to take me on in some head-to-head gameplay, but actually eager to play.

"Best two out of three?" she asks before we get going. "Best three out of five?" follows a few minutes later. "Best ...?"

It might help that she's usually the one winning.

Rich Warren: Try to stay a step ahead of marketers

Marketing sells you. Every bit of technology glitters with promises that may or may not be true. Whether a beguiling turn of phrase or a deal that's too good to be true, marketers know how to confuse or seduce you.

The current battle between Korean giants LG and Samsung offers a textbook example.

Wired In: Karthik Vellanki

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet KARTHIK VELLANKI, co-founder at Bundle Inc., created at the University of Illinois iVenture Accelerator. From its original effort, it has evolved into a service that manages purchasing and inventory for dentistry supplies, and may branch out into other fields.

#TheMJs, May 5, 2017


On Fridays, Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) provides a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer.



Next Generation students take first place in ExploraVision contest

CHAMPAIGN — Two Next Generation seventh-graders were named first-place national winners in the annual ExploraVision contest, which asks students to explore what new technology might exist in 20 years.

Lawrence Zhao and Dina Hashash came up with BioKT, a watch that uses sensors to harvest your kinetic and thermal energy. It could then use that energy to charge a phone low on battery.

Entertainment listings, May 4-11, 2017


This weekend


What: Uniformed re-enactors, representing Allied and Axis units as well as civilians from 1939 through 1945, will gather at the Bunker Hill Historic Area. View living history displays, public battles, tactical skrmishes and more at this free event.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: DNA workshop set in Carterville

According to a recent Newsletter of the Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois, Joy Whitson Upton, genealogist and librarian, will present a workshop on DNA and Genealogy from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the John A. Logan College, 700 Logan College Road, Carterville.

Graybar opening office at UI Research Park

CHAMPAIGN — Another Fortune 500 company is opening an office at the University of Illinois Research Park.

Graybar, which distributes networking products, announced its innovation lab Monday.