URBANA – For two years, John Wright has worked on ways to improve facial-recognition systems.
On Wednesday, those efforts paid off as the 26-year-old doctoral student won the Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize and the $30,000 that goes with it.
URBANA – Eight finalists have been selected for the $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize, the winner of which will be announced Wednesday.
The finalists, all graduate students in the University of Illinois College of Engineering, are:
DANVILLE – Danville school officials are getting ready to update the district's technology plan, and they're asking for the public's help.
Community members are being asked to fill out a survey on the district's Web site at www.danville.k12.il.us. There's a 24-question survey for parents and another with 15 questions for community members without children in the district.
CHAMPAIGN – By 4 p.m. Saturday, the gym at Franklin Middle School – maximum occupancy 900 – teemed with screams, cheers and the screech of tennis shoes running across the floor.
Up until then, the competition was fierce.
CHAMPAIGN – So you recycle your cans, plastic and paper waste. You take your reusable cloth bags to the grocery store, instead of getting plastic bags for your groceries.
It's a good start.
"It matters what we do. It matters that we take our bags to the grocery store. But that's not enough," said Heather Rogers, an author and filmmaker who writes about environmental issues and mass consumption.
Recycling deals with waste after it's been made, she said, but she is calling for deeper changes that start with looking at what is manufactured.
WESTVILLE – School administrators had unanimous praise Wednesday for the online testing service that Westville schools began using this school year.
In 2008, Westville school board members approved a one-year agreement with the North West Evaluation Association of Lake Oswego, Ore., to provide online testing to kindergarten through 10th-grade students three times per school year to gauge their understanding and abilities in math and reading.
CHAMPAIGN – A potential local consortium led by the University of Illinois might pursue economic stimulus grant funding to construct a "big broadband" network along the Bradley Avenue corridor in Champaign and Urbana.
CHAMPAIGN – A potential local consortium led by the University of Illinois appears ready to pursue economic stimulus grant funding to construct a "big broadband" network along the Bradley Avenue corridor in Champaign and Urbana to bring advanced broadband service to residents.
The economic stimulus bill signed by President Obama Tuesday includes $7 billion in funding to improve bandwidth and the availability of broadband service in underserved areas.
URBANA – Erin Lodes dreams of a day when her music students can use class time to watch videos.
DANVILLE – Lately, some Danville High School students' favorite high-tech gadget isn't their cellphone, iPod or some other electronic device their teacher will confiscate if it's used in the classroom.
Their teacher even loves using this one as much as they do.