Holonyak, who 'replaced Edison's lamp,' retires from UI

URBANA — LED inventor and engineering icon Nick Holonyak Jr. has retired from the University of Illinois; however, colleagues said they expect him to continue his research.

Nonprofit to oversee UC2B

Officials approve agreement after details tweaked

CHAMPAIGN — An effort to distance the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband network from government control has made it past both city councils this week after Champaign officials finalized their approval Tuesday night.

Sick dogs help test cancer drug at UI

URBANA — Blaze didn't get a lot of years to wag her tail and chase squirrels. But before this 5-year-old golden retriever died, she may have helped take a bite out of cancer.

Blaze was one of the dogs helping test a cancer-busting drug called PAC-1, developed at the University of Illinois, that could be in human trials next year.

Councils to review transition plan

Each city to look over revised proposal, but in separate meetings

CHAMPAIGN — City officials say a new agreement to spin off Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband as a private nonprofit includes more rules for transparency and stronger policies on minority contracting after the two city councils critiqued the plan in a joint session last week.

Carle hospital phone service to be limited during weekend

URBANA — Phone service at Carle Foundation Hospital will be limited starting at 10 p.m. Saturday and into Sunday morning for scheduled maintenance, hospital officials said.

Inbound calls to Carle's main number, 383-3311, will be possible, but callers might experience busy signals and delays.

Cell phone service and the Carle website will remain fully functional.

Rich Warren: Trying to get a snapshot on picture-in-picture

TV manufacturers relentlessly search for features to hook new buyers.

UI telescope reinstalled after restoration

URBANA — Though it hit a slight detour in Wheeling, W.Va., a historic telescope is being reinstalled at the University of Illinois Observatory this week after undergoing a $54,000 restoration.

The 117-year-old telescope was dismantled in May and shipped to Ray Museum Studios in Swarthmore, Pa., where it was restored to its original glory and outfitted with modern features.

Cities plan to spin off UC2B

CHAMPAIGN — Assuming city officials can adhere to an extremely tight timeline, Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband will be spun off as a private nonprofit agency, after both the Champaign and Urbana city councils directed their staffs to start working toward the transfer in a rare joint meeting on Tuesday night.

Updated: Next Generation School to pilot elementary STEM program

CHAMPAIGN — Next Generation School in Champaign is one of 44 in the country that will participate in a new pilot program that will teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics to students in kindergarten through fifth grades.

UC2B supporter says project will be worth it

As the Big Broadband project heads into the final two months of the grant funding phase, one of the advocates of the project said it will be beneficial to the community well into the future.

Michael Smeltzer, who is the Director of Community Projects for CITES at the University of Illinois, sounded off on the topic Tuesday on A Penny for Your Thoughts on WDWS.