CHAMPAIGN – If you're a student at the University of Illinois and have a novel idea that could be the basis for a company, you could be eligible for a $25,000 award to further your idea.
IllinoisVentures, the University of Illinois-affiliated venture capital company, plans to offer four student teams up to $25,000 apiece to take part in a 10-week internship to develop their ideas.
CHAMPAIGN – A construction worker was injured this morning at the University of Illinois Memorial Stadium renovation project.
A member of the Grunloh Construction crew was hurt while workers were disassembling the stadium's scoreboard, said Cassie Arner, associate sports information director for the UI.
CHAMPAIGN – The NCAA was in the proverbial hot seat Friday morning as some legislators questioned the athletic organization's policy prohibiting postseason games at schools with hostile or abusive mascots or symbols.
Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, hosted a Congressional field hearing at Parkland College. The topic: the NCAA policy and Johnson's proposed legislation.
URBANA – Dr. Stephen Boppart understands all too well the worries and hopes that come with a diagnosis of cancer.
A survivor of cancer himself, he's devoted his research to the detection of this dreaded disease at its earliest level – when cellular changes are just beginning to form in the body – and doctors still have the best shot at a cure.
URBANA – University of Illinois students who grew 60 different kinds of poinsettias in class this semester say the experience helped them pick favorites.
They invite area residents to visit the Plant Science Laboratory at 1201 S. Dorner Drive, U, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday to vote for favorites among the burgundy, pink, red, orange, white, speckled, curled and painted cultivars.
URBANA – Members of the corn team found plenty of information about the crop they'd adopted, but the team studying opium, cocaine, khat and cannabis had some trouble.
"It was hard to find credible sources on the Web," said Amy Rasmussen, a University of Illinois senior majoring in molecular and cellular biology who, like her teammates, wore psychedelic colors to dramatize their psychoactive subject.
URBANA – Researchers on a mission to solve some of the mysteries about ovarian cancer are looking for clues in the henhouse.
And if they're successful, women everywhere may one day have chickens at the University of Illinois to thank.
Laura Johnston and her family live in a beautiful new home in the Will's Trace subdivision in western Champaign.
But getting to that home, at 5013 Stonebridge Drive, can be a bone-jarring, dangerous ride.
Climate change might be reducing the population of red-winged blackbirds and also increasing the ratio of females to males produced by the birds.
At a research station in Ontario, Canada, where University of Illinois Professor Patrick Weatherhead has studied the blackbirds for the past quarter century, the bird's breeding population has dropped dramatically by 50 percent in recent decades, a decline apparently related to weather trends as far south as the Southeastern United States.
"I love coffee, I love tea. I love the Java Jive and it loves me."
As the song "Java Jive" faded in and out, plant pathologists Darin Eastburn and Cleo D'Arcy sat in front of a microphone and explained to listeners how people can spread plant diseases around the world.
It was Week 3 of the University of Illinois course "Plants, Pathogens and People," and students would learn, among other things, Sri Lanka was a major coffee producer until a disease called coffee rust wiped out the island's crop.