Prize winner's development may revolutionize image editing

URBANA — Wouldn't it be great to be able to cut and paste objects into photos and videos without it looking like a "cut-and-paste" job?

Just think, you could put a Ferrari in your garage, a Rodin sculpture in your living room, a Faberge egg on your coffee table.

But if you didn't get help from expert imaging artists, your friends wouldn't be impressed.

UI computer-science student wins $30,000 prize

URBANA — Kevin Karsch, a graduate student in computer science at the University of Illinois, has been named the winner of the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Illinois Student Prize.

The prize — given for creation of sustainable solutions to real-world problems — will be awarded at a ceremony on campus this evening, according to a release from the UI's Technology Entrepreneur Center.

Newspapers, yearbooks going digital

URBANA — If students could sit down at a computer and pull up 90 years of history about dress codes, discipline and even school sports, they might get some interesting perspective on the history of their high school.

Don't expect cameras in area courtrooms soon

When Judge Tom Difanis opened his newspaper on Jan. 24, he was as surprised as anyone to learn that photographers would be allowed to take pictures of some proceedings and recorders could tape in his courtroom.

That had never happened in the 35 years he has been inside courtrooms, both as a prosecutor and a judge, even though the idea has been around about as many years.

Five students contend for $30,000 prize

URBANA — Five students at the University of Illinois have been named finalists for the Lemelson-MIT $30,000 Illinois Student Prize for innovation.

The finalists include doctoral candidates Sriram Chandrasekaran, Kevin Karsch, James Langer and Pradeep S. Shenoy, as well as Muhammed Fazeel, a senior in integrative biology.

Panel urges approval of Time-O-Matic, Meijer requests

DANVILLE — Plans for an expansion at Time-O-Matic Watchfire will position the digital sign company for three to five years of growth that could lead to the creation of 150 to 200 jobs, according to company officials.

Wisconsin administrator to head UI College of Business department

CHAMPAIGN — Aric Rindfleisch has been named head of the Department of Business Administration in the University of Illinois College of Business, effective in August.

Rindfleisch is the department chairman for marketing at the University of Wisconsin School of Business. He is also the McManus-Bascom Professor in Marketing there.

Pavlov launches high-speed technology for apartments

CHAMPAIGN — Pavlov Media has launched a new technology in the Champaign-Urbana market that will allow apartment communities to get Internet content at "multi-gigabit" speeds, the company announced Monday.

Reborn & Refreshed: Mia Za's

CHAMPAIGN — The Campustown fire that forced the closure of two restaurants and a clothing store last spring gave Bruce Hink another chance to think.

And think he did, about how he would re-create Mia Za's, the Italian-themed restaurant he opened in 2000 at 629 E. Green St., C.

Workload to increase at Champaign mail center

CHAMPAIGN — The U.S. Postal Service is poised to move some mail processed in Bloomington and all mail processed in Effingham to the Champaign processing and distribution facility.

The shift of that workload will likely mean a "significant" increase in the 250 employees who now work at the Champaign facility, said Roxanna Keyes, the facility's acting plant manager.