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.

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.

Wired In: Emma Mercier

Each week, Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet EMMA MERCIER, a University of Illinois curriculum and instruction professor with a doctorate from Stanford. A native of Ireland, Mercier, 37, still eats meat sometimes, but teaches children about its impact on our environment, in terms of both the carbon and water it takes to produce.

Rich Warren: Phones come with limitations

The phone is not the answer. Choose the best individual tool for every purpose. Call it the Swiss Army knife fallacy. A Swiss Army knife modestly serves many basic functions. However, you wouldn't use its best blade for preparing a full meal, open a bottle of wine if a better corkscrew was at hand or use those tiny scissors to cut a dress pattern.

UI grad student hopes new statue engineers change in attitudes

URBANA — It's taken some time, but Sakshi Srivastava's determination to get a statue honoring women in engineering on the University of Illinois campus is finally paying off.

The life-size statue, a gift from Texas Instruments, is scheduled to be unveiled at its home on the east side of the Micro and Nano-technology Laboratory, 208 N. Wright St., with a ceremony at 2:15 p.m. today.

#TheMJs, April 28, 2017

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



"If women are going to wear low cut dresses that show cleavage don't be harassed when men look. Or shld we sue for sexual arousal?"

I3 Broadband to start expanding fiber-optic network by August

CHAMPAIGN — I3 Broadband is planning to expand its fiber-optic network to 2,500 new homes this year, with construction beginning no later than Aug. 1.

Construction should take less than three months, said Mike Whitaker, i3 vice president of sales and business development.

Entertainment listings, April 27-May 4, 2017


This weekend


What: The Asian American Cultural Center celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month with this annual family-friendly festival showcasing a variety of Asian cultures through food, art, performances and activities.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. April 29.

Tom Kacich: WDWS returning to where it all started

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The radio operations of News-Gazette Media will move to downtown Champaign in July, company CEO John Reed announced earlier this month.