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iVenture enhances UI startup ecosystem

iVenture enhances UI startup ecosystem

By Vishesh Anand, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Mark Van Den Avont had always been dissatisfied with the cost and quality of athletic mats as an amateur gymnast. This spurred him into action when he compressed two vertebrae in his spine on March 23, 2017, while dismounting off the high bar in his senior year of high school.  Now a sophomore i...

Professor Gene Robinson studies the genes and social behavior of honey bees

Professor Gene Robinson studies the genes and social behavior of honey bees

By Nandika Chatterjee, Staff writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

Professor Gene Robinson is the director of the Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and the Swanlund chair for entomology and neuroscience. He is also a faculty member in the Department of Entomology. Robinson is in charge of bringing in cutting-edge research to his laboratory at the IGB and also ...

Social media studies increase in importance

Social media studies increase in importance

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Staff Writer

November 27, 2018


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

When Professor Mike Yao chose to focus his studies on internet communication, he was pursuing a subject no one specific discipline could claim at the time. Yao is now a professor of digital media and the interim head of the advertising department in Media who teaches courses on technology, communication a...

Workshop introduces world of virtual reality

Workshop introduces world of virtual reality

By Shreya Goel, Staff Writer

November 26, 2018


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

University students can now get their hands on emerging technology — such as virtual reality — on campus, for free. The Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning Innovation Spaces is holding a series of workshops to introduce different types of up-and-coming technologies to students. One o...

Student entrepreneurs combat sexual assault

Student entrepreneurs combat sexual assault

By Vishesh Anand, Staff Writer

November 15, 2018


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

While traversing the country from California to Vermont in a trailer loaded with 3D printers and laptops, Kendall Furbee, junior in Engineering, and Premika Pandian, senior in Engineering, formed a bond that eventually transcended their friendship. For eight weeks in the summer of 2016, they were visiting tec...

Daniel Krause ‘cracked’ code to successful small business

Daniel Krause ‘cracked’ code to successful small business

By Courtney Stone, Staff Writer

November 14, 2018


Filed under Business & Tech, Food & Restaurants, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Daniel Krause, a University alumnus, now owns and operates the successful food franchise Cracked, located on Green Street. Starting off his career in the food industry at a young age, Krause began working at a concession stand at his local pool, was a vendor in the skyboxes at Wrigley Field and e...

CS+X degree programs cater to growing job demands for technical skills

CS+X degree programs cater to growing job demands for technical skills

By Amanda Rhee, Contributing Writer

November 14, 2018


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Showcase, Top Stories

With computing increasingly becoming a ubiquitous entity in the job market, the University has decided to implement changes in majors to accommodate the growing demands. Computer science is being combined with a variety of different majors, spreading across disciplines such as liberal arts, business, m...

Graduate students track turkey behavior

Graduate students track turkey behavior

By Nandika Chatterjee, Contributing Writer

November 13, 2018


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

The turkey slowly circles the perimeter of the net, eyeing the corn. Its eyes glisten as it carefully plans its escape. Stepping too close towards the bait could end in capture. The smart bird decides not to slip under the complex cloth trap. This is what trying to escape a researcher’s trap may look lik...

Game Design Program focuses on making students interactive

Game Design Program focuses on making students interactive

By Anna Pevey, Contributing Writer

November 8, 2018


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Going from the Slavic Department to the School of Information Science may seem like a huge academic jump for anyone, but for Judith Pintar, it was meant to be. “My own research is within the game and game design narratives, with storytelling as a focus," Pintar said. “I was a game designer b...

Enactus project Circle Cycle clears bike clutter

Enactus project Circle Cycle clears bike clutter

By Nandika Chatterjee, Contributing Writer

November 1, 2018


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

On a campus as expansive as the University, students try to reach their destinations as quickly and efficiently as possible. Because of this, there are a plethora of bicycles both on and off the streets. Illinois Enactus is trying to address the problem of bike litter and help the environment while doi...

Second language acquisition research may impact future learning

Second language acquisition research may impact future learning

By Amanda Rhee, Contributing writer

October 30, 2018


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

Many faculty members and students come from all over the world to participate in research at the Second Language and Bilingualism Lab (SLAB) — their interests in second language acquisition sparked from their own personal experiences with language learning. The SLAB was founded in spring 2007 with the...

Fortnite Frenzy club offers casual yet competitive playing environment

Fortnite Frenzy club offers casual yet competitive playing environment

By Emma Palatnik, Staff writer

October 26, 2018


Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture

Michael Hoke joked about starting a Fortnite club at the beginning of the semester. His cousin, Elijah Marder, said Hoke has been into the game for a while. Hoke, senior in LAS, went around the E-Sports club, which he said is pretty big on campus and found, however, they didn’t have that big o...

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