CHAMPAIGN – City officials Tuesday night deferred a discussion of the $31 million "Big Broadband" proposal until a Maryland consultant who critiqued the system would be able to speak in person with the city council.
A report that Doug Dawson, the broadband consultant, released to local agencies last week – a generally positive critique of the proposal – exposed some weaknesses with the high-speed telecommunications network, for which local officials are still awaiting federal grant approval.
CHAMPAIGN – City council members will decide on Tuesday night if they would be willing to accept grant money for the multigovernment, multimillion-dollar "Big Broadband" project awaiting federal approval.
The discussion, which follows an independent consultant's assertion that there are still problems with the proposed high-speed telecommunications system, will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.
URBANA – Maybe practice makes perfect when it comes to baking a loaf of bread. But it's your brain size that counts a lot when it comes to scoring high on a video game, researchers have found.
A study conducted at the University of Illinois looked at MRI brain scans of men and women trained on "Space Fortress," an approximately 30-year-old video game developed at the UI, and discovered that how well gamers performed could be predicted by the size of certain regions of their brains.
CHAMPAIGN – Sponsors of the annual Innovation Celebration – which heralds local entrepreneurs – are seeking nominees for eight awards to be given Feb. 25.
The fifth annual awards ceremony is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. that day at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C.
URBANA – Local officials are waiting for word on a federal grant application to help build a high-speed fiber-optic Internet network, but a consultant hired to advise Champaign and Urbana councils thinks the proposed project here is designed too large and will have big problems with capital replacement in 10 years.
At a meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Cable Commission Wednesday, project organizers said there has been extensive questioning by federal officials about a local $28 million big broadband project. Mike Smeltzer, director of networking for the University of Illinois Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services, told commission members, "We've been getting a going-over ... and we see this as hopeful."
CHAMPAIGN – When State Farm opened its research and development center in the University of Illinois Research Park, the Bloomington-based insurance giant hoped the center could help the company recruit more students from the UI's actuarial science program.
"The goal was a small office. If in three years we hired three people into full-time positions, it would be a success," said John Quarton, the center's oversight manager.
URBANA – The Gates Foundation will help the University of Illinois train librarians from around the world.
The two-year, $484,000 contract with the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will support a training program for public librarians in other countries.
DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's Community Education Department will offer a number of computer classes for people just getting started, wanting to try something new or just brushing up on their skills.
Computer classes are held at the DACC Village Mall Education Center, 2917 N. Vermilion St.
URBANA – Any cat worth its catnip knows it was born into royalty. Now you can use a University of Illinois Web site to get that tiara.
On paper, or in an e-mail, anyway.
DANVILLE – When you buy a cell phone in Vermilion County, you may receive more than just the phone.
You also may receive a brochure on cyber bullying, created by area high school students.