Wired In: Chris Weiher

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Chris Weiher, 35, CEO of Watch Me Work, a live-streaming collaborative project that ultimately will be a consulting firm. Watch Me Work is in its early stage of development and is "pre-revenue," as he puts it.

Interim leader chosen for Beckman

URBANA — A longtime faculty member and University of Illinois graduate has been named interim director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, after Director Art Kramer officially retires.

Jeffrey Moore, the Murchison-Mallory Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science and engineering, will take over on April 16, the UI announced Friday.

Busey: Don't reply to that text

URBANA — Busey Bank is warning the community of fraudulent text messages sent by scammers early Friday morning.

The message contains a link that directs mobile phone users to a fake website to steal their personal information.

If you receive a similar message, do not click the link.

Biotech leader, former Google exec to speak at UI commencement

CHAMPAIGN — The head of a biotech company and former Google executive will be the keynote speaker at the University of Illinois Commencement on May 14.

Jeff Huber, a UI computer engineering graduate, is CEO of Grail, which is developing a revolutionary blood test to detect early stage cancer.

Rich Warren: Screening the 4K television market

Can you "future-proof" your electronics by buying the latest technology? No more than you can prevent a hail storm from damaging your roof or someone bringing a Jell-O dish to a church supper.

Here's a reader question: "Your column today struck a chord. I had a 1990 Zenith 23" with Bose sound that died. I have been trying to come up with a replacement.

UI turns to Internet to help meet demand for master's degree

URBANA — More than 4,000 students applied for 200 undergraduate spots this year in computer science, among the most competitive departments at the University of Illinois.

Demand is similar at the graduate level, with data science one of the hottest and highest-paid professions of the millennium.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Preserve memories in a photo book

The attractive hardcover book with 20 pages filled with photographs taken over a lifetime was a wonderful surprise birthday gift for the elderly recipient. It was learned that the donor truly enjoyed selecting photos from collections already stored on her computer.

Wired In: Leslie Gilliard

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Leslie Gilliard, 30, CEO and founder of Nardo Technology, which develops rapid and accurate electrochemical sensors for forensic, food safety, agriculture and environmental testing markets. She is finishing up her doctorate at the University of Illinois.


New surgery keeping epileptics seizure-free

CHAMPAIGN — For Kristen Neaville, life from her early teens through college was full of unexplained episodes of staring off into space, feelings of fear and troubles with her memory.

"I tried so hard at school. I probably studied harder than an A-plus student," she recalled.

Area update: St. Joe Legion proposing memorial for veterans

ST. JOSEPH — The St. Joseph American Legion is proposing a veterans memorial, to be placed at the sports complex on the east side of the village.