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Pet Talk | UI Vet Med personnel help quell big cats for dental work

UI College of Veterinary Medicine

Think your cat is uncooperative during a veterinary examination? Image if your cat weighed more than 400 pounds and had 3-inch-long teeth and claws.

Unsurprisingly, lions, tigers and other wild cats must be anesthetized before they can be examined closely by a veterinarian.

Wired In: Aron K. Barbey

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood profiles a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet ARON K. BARBEY, the University of Illinois professor of psychology, neuroscience and bioengineering who is director of the Center for Brain Plasticity, the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory and the Intelligence, Learning and Plasticity Initiative.

Farmers, scientists disagree on impact of wild winter on pests, diseases, fields

With temperatures reaching as low as 17 below during the polar vortex's recent visit, some farmers are hoping that was enough to kill off some of the pests and fungi they have to fight during the growing season.

Just Askin' | UI parking costs

Q: How much does a parking space on campus cost?

A: About $28,200, according to the 2018 Parking Master Plan, which recommended charging this fee for new buildings that would eliminate parking spaces.

John Frayne | Susan Graham, Argus Quartet entertain crowds

One of the most accomplished singers of our time, Susan Graham, offered one of the finest song recitals I have ever heard on Feb. 2 in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

Her highly accomplished collaborator at the piano was Bradley Moore.

Environmental Almanac | February: A month of welcome change

The more I get outside in February, the more I'm reminded what a month of change it is.

Last weekend, as I walked my dogs near home, I noticed that not only were the cardinals and Carolina wrens singing, but that house finches were tuning up as well.

French Jew risked her life spying against the Nazis in World War II

Marthe Cohn crouched in the bushes along the Swiss border with Nazi Germany, too terrified to move.

It was 1945, and the 24-year-old French nurse was just yards from the country road that marked German territory, watching as two armed guards marched back and forth along a huge field marking the only open stretch of border between the two countries.

Ebert's co-host, friend as excited as ever to attend film festival

You'll be seeing a lot of Richard Roeper at the 2019 Roger Ebert Film Festival.

The Sun-Times critic, TV and radio star was close friends with Ebert and his co-host on their TV review show for nearly a decade.

This year, his Virginia Theatre appearances are not formal, but he'll be sharing the stage with festival producer and host Chaz Ebert for at least a couple of the movies.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Feb. 10, 2019

We're up to 1,587 alumni profiles at our special UI-at-150-and-beyond website (, with no end in sight. Just posted: campus memories from 10 women who've done Alma especially proud. Here are their stories about the people and places that had a profound impact on them.


Champaign, Urbana announce alcohol restrictions for Unofficial St. Patrick's Day

URBANA — It's that time of year again.

With Unofficial St. Patrick's Day less than a month away, city and university officials are re-asserting their condemnation of the annual Campustown drinking fest that has lead to three deaths in 12 years.