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  • Meet the latest group of Northwest suburban Merit scholars Jul 14, 2014 2:16 PM
    The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has released the names of about 1,600 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities, including many from Illinois. Here are the Northwest suburban winners.

  • Buzz Aldrin launches lunar landing social media campaign Jul 12, 2014 6:45 AM
    Buzz Aldrin's big focus right now is the 45th anniversary of the first lunar landing. His company has launched a social media campaign, featuring a YouTube video in which celebrities and scientists relay their memories of July 20, 1969. “I feel we need to remind the world about the Apollo missions and that we can still do impossible things. The whole world celebrated our moon landing, but we missed the whole thing because we were out of town,” he says.

  • Batavia native, engineer mentors girls in robotics camp Jul 10, 2014 10:11 AM
    In 2002, Denise Karabowicz was the only girl on the Rotolo Middle School’s Lego Building Club. Eleven years later, she’s running the show, along with her dad, Ron. “I know what the robotics program did for me when I was in middle school,” she said.

  • Study challenges conventional wisdom about ‘leaf-out’ times Jun 20, 2014 12:17 PM
    Despite conventional wisdom among gardeners, foresters and botanists that woody plants all “leaf out” about the same time each spring, a new study co-authored by Morton Arboretum researcher Robert Fahey found a surprisingly wide span of as much as three months in leaf-out times.

  • 2013-14 Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions May 8, 2014 3:00 PM
    2013-14 Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions

  • Meet the 2013-2014 Fox Valley Academic Team May 8, 2014 3:34 PM
    "Throughout my life, I have never been satisfied with simply meeting the minimum requirements," Kevin Wilde of Cary-Grove High School writes in an essay. "While some people may ask, 'What is the least amount of work I need to do to get by?' I ask, 'What could I do to get the most out of this situation?'" Wilde, who was named to the Daily Herald's Fox Valley Academic Team for 2013-14, is not alone in his mindset. The students on the team look for opportunities to not only further their own achievements, but to lead, and to make a difference.

  • Bolingbrook teen finds patterns of success across fields May 1, 2014 5:30 AM
    Timothy Zhou excels at music, math and chess. While that may seem like an unusual combination, the Bolingbrook teen is quick to explain the three disciplines are much more similar than people may think. "There is beauty in patterns and logic which plays into not just chess and math, but also music," he says.

  • Wheaton Academy’s McDonell feeling 100 percent Apr 28, 2014 9:26 PM
    At 6-foot-6, Wheaton Academy senior middle hitter Steven McDonell clearly was the tallest player on the volleyball court in Monday’s match with Illinois Math and Science Academy.

  • Interested in IMSA? Apply online by March 1 Feb 18, 2014 2:54 PM
    The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is now taking applications from Illinois ninth grade students passionate about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for consideration to its three-year (grades 10 through 12) advanced college preparatory program.

  • Senate may delay flood insurance rate hike Jan 29, 2014 8:11 AM
    Flood insurance rate increases for hundreds of thousands of people would be put off under a bill on track to pass the Senate. Its future remains uncertain in the House, where a more modest plan is under consideration. The legislation, which could pass the Senate as early as Wednesday, would delay for up to four years premium increases set to phase in next year on homeowners facing whopping premium increases under new flood maps.

  • A sign of things to come for Neuqua? Dec 14, 2013 9:06 PM
    Neuqua Valley’s boys swimming team may already be better than it was expected to be coming into the season. On Saturday the Wildcats, sparked by strong veteran nucleus and a sophomore class that bears watching, rallied from behind to edge archrival Waubonsie Valley and win the Wildcat Relays at West Chicago for the first time in three years. With a strong second half of the meet, Neuqua Valley won four events, three of the last four, while Waubonsie was the winner in five relays.

  • 2013-2014 Fox Valley Leadership Team honorable mentions Dec 13, 2013 5:45 AM
    2013-2014 Fox Valley Leadership Team honorable mentions

  • YouTube co-founder funding 'Innovation Hub' in Aurora Nov 19, 2013 7:02 AM
    Steve Chen, YouTube co-founder and 1996 graduate of Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, is putting $1 million of his money behind a $1.9 million Innovation Hub desiged to support student entrepreneurs. “We look to engage our business community and collaborate in this space,” said Britta McKenna, the school's chief innovation officer. “It just provides so many potential opportunitites.”

  • Hoffman Estates math whiz finds creativity in problem solving Nov 7, 2013 7:30 AM
    If you look past numbers and computations and distill math to its essence, it's all about creativity, 17-year-old James Tao says. "When I think of math, when I think of coming up with a proof where there wasn't a proof before, I really put this in the same category as starting with a blank canvas and producing a painting, starting with a blank score and producing a music piece."

  • Wheelchair lift company shifting work to northern Indiana Aug 13, 2013 7:15 AM
    A company that converts minivans into wheelchair-accessible vehicles plans adding up to 70 jobs at its northern Indiana headquarters by shifting production from a Michigan factory.Officials from The Braun Corp. say it will spend about $7.5 million to modify a production line at its Winamac facility so workers can install rear-entry wheelchair lifts on minivans. The company says that work will be moved from its Kalamazoo, Mich., facility.

  • Federal cuts not as severe as expected at U of I Aug 13, 2013 7:40 AM
    Administrators at the University of Illinois were bracing for across-the-board cuts in federal research money, but say so far the impact hasn't been as severe as expected.The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports the school planned to lose more than $65 million in automatic budget cuts that went into effect in March. The school's three campuses get about $800 million in federal funding each year.

  • Meijer to hire more than 9,000 in Illinois, 4 other states Aug 9, 2013 8:22 AM
    Midwest retailer Meijer Inc. plans to hire more than 9,000 new employees in five states in the coming months. reports the Grand Rapids-based company says the hiring is because of growth and preparation for fall and holiday seasons. Meijer says it wants to hire 4,400 in Michigan, 1,800 in Indiana, 1,600 in Ohio, 900 in Illinois and 500 in Kentucky.

  • Long-rumored gun found behind Pontiac prison wall Jun 18, 2013 8:44 AM
    Since the late 1990s, there's been a much-whispered rumor that a handgun was smuggled into Pontiac Correctional Center, a myth told behind the walls of the maximum-security prison. That changed last Thursday when, checking out yet another tip about the rumored handgun, prison workers cut through a concrete wall and found it.

  • Divers troll Fox River for woman missing since '99 Jun 18, 2013 8:43 AM
    Divers are searching a section of the Fox River, trying to find remains of a Chicago woman who vanished more than 14 years ago. The Northwest Herald says Cary police decided to search the water Monday after getting new information about the disappearance of Wendy M. Kimura. Authorities also searched property in the area this weekend.

  • Southern Illinois prison begins video visitation Jun 17, 2013 11:46 AM
    Inmates at the Tri County Detention Center in Pulaski County will be able to video chat with friends and family — for a fee.The prison began using the HomeWAV system this month to let inmates virtually visit with people, without having the visitors travel to the facility in Ullin, about 30 miles south of Carbondale. Warden Damon Acuff says video visitations are “the wave of the future.”

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