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Students Partner with University of Illinois PD to Create Crime Map of Campus

July 27, 2021

CIproud.com -- University of Illinois students now have a new way to track crime on campus. The idea came from students themselves. Aaron Yu heard a lot about Asian American hate during the pandemic. The mathematics and computer science student decided he could do something to help, using data already available from U of I Police.

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Watch Now: Deaths Were Up In the U.S., and McLean County, In 2020. Researchers Hope to Draw Attention to Reasons Other Than COVID

July 20, 2021

The Pantagraph -- COVID-19 wasn’t the only reason the death rate spiked in 2020. A pair of researchers in Central Illinois say their newly-published study indicates that pandemic-related restrictions led to “more deaths which … could have been avoided.”

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What You Need to Know About Cybersecurity: 'Expect a Future Where a Computer Doesn't Just Connect You, but Can Also be a Weapon'

July 19, 2021

The News-Gazette -- Not a week seems to go by anymore without news of another U.S. agency or business falling victim to a cyberattack. For perspective on the problem, (The News-Gazette) rounded up a panel  of experts- including Illinois CS professor Klara Nahrstedt and alumna Parisa Tabriz - to answer 10 questions.

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This AI Startup Aims to be a One-Stop Writing Platform

July 13, 2021

YourStory -- Computer science graduates Rohan Gupta, Anil Jason, and David Silin launched QuillBot in 2017 to make writing effortless. They created a writing and research platform to help students and professionals cut their writing time and ensure error-free writing.

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Coronavirus Revisited: Checking Back In with the Subjects of Five Pandemic Profiles

July 11, 2021

The News-Gazette -- When in-person classes at University of Illinois were called off for the remainder of the year in March 2020, Harsh Deep contemplated whether to stay in Champaign-Urbana or return to his family’s home in Bangalore, India. 

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Bathroom Renovation Startup Made Renovation Raises $23 Million in a Series A

July 8, 2021

Forbes -- Bathroom renovation company Made Renovation, which aims to offer an ecommerce quality to bathroom renovations, announced today that it has raised $23 million in a Series A. According to cofounder and CEO Roger Dickey (BS '05), the problem that existed was that homeowners were afraid of renovations and that it was also hard to find small projects that contractors would want to work on, given that the margins are low and customers can be difficult. 

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Data Should Dictate Voting Rights

July 8, 2021

The Hill -- Determining who is eligible to vote has become a political lightning rod. The general trend is that Republicans want to make the voter registration process as stringent as possible, while Democrats want to make the process as accessible as possible. Both these activities transform the voting process into a political issue. Upon closer examination, it should be a data issue, writes Illinois CS professor Sheldon Jacobson.

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Facebook's Northwest Lead Envisions Big Future in Virtual Reality

July 7, 2021

Puget Sound Business Journal -- Rajeev Rajan says new technology will usher in a fundamental shift over the next decade.

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House of DeepTech Accelerator Launched in Singapore with Australian Landing Pad

July 7, 2021

EIN Presswire -- "DeepTech incubators are essential if we want to achieve tangible industry transformations, smart funding, new partnerships and distribution, and viable product roadmap outcomes," said professor Marianne Winslett.

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13 New Computer Science Grads from the Class of 2021 Reveal the Top Priorities They're Looking for in Their First Tech Jobs

July 5, 2021

Business Insider -- Ananya Cleetus graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in computer science. Next step: Cleetus will work at Microsoft starting in August and she plans to relocate to the Seattle area, where Microsoft is based. Priorities: Cleetus said she looked for flexibility in the work environment and work schedule and that location was also important: She wanted to work on the West Coast.

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