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Head of UI's computer-science department leaving for Pitt

Updated 11 a.m.

URBANA — The head of the highly touted computer-science department at the University of Illinois is leaving to take a new research post at the University of Pittsburgh.

Professor Rob Rutenbar was named Monday as senior vice chancellor for research at Pitt, a new position created to enhance the school's research innovation and technology partnerships.

Part 21: A Colbert show writer, movie studio exec and 'the guy who lived in a sorority house'

With the University of Illinois celebrating birthday No. 150 this year, we caught up with hundreds of graduates who've gone on to greatness. Every Tuesday and one Sunday a month throughout 2017, Managing Editor JEFF D'ALESSIO will tell their tales. Today, in Part 21: The opposite sex.

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Wired In: Raunaq Jaisinghani

Each week, Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet RAUNAQ JAISINGHANI. He has helped out Illinois Business Consulting as well as in his own venture. Jaisinghani has moved on from his Illinois workplace to start new employment in India, under the Invest India initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Startup India campaign in New Delhi.

Getting Personal: John Wilkin

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 60-year-old Champaign resident John Wilkin, a librarian and the interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Illinois, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

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UI makeover: Changes all part of the plan

URBANA — A new ice arena in Orchard Downs. A satellite art museum near the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. A new-and-improved south quad that's a destination for all students.

Those are just some of the ideas tossed around in talks about a new campus master plan for the University of Illinois, which was last updated in 2007.

Weekend Planner: New arrangement

A few years ago, floral designer Rick Orr met with Krannert Art Museum Director Kathleen Harleman and then-employee Diane Schumacher to talk about Petals & Paintings, the annual benefit he has curated there for years.

At the UI, it's time to pay tribute to Mom

URBANA — They send care packages and home-cooked macaroni and cheese.

They teach life lessons like compassion and honesty.

They home-school while working demanding jobs, or quit promising careers to stay home with the kids.

They drop everything to help with college applications or lift spirits when school gets tough.

Mostly, they are their kids' biggest cheerleaders.

Ex-UI student gets 10 years in death of newborn

URBANA — A former University of Illinois student is headed to prison after taking responsibility Friday for the death of her newborn son in a dormitory a year ago.

Lindsay Johnson, 21, of Monee was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to endangering the life or health of a child in connection with the March 13, 2016, suffocation of her son.