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BTN LiveBIG: Illini duo takes kids from classroom to cosmos

Many of us can recall sitting in a classroom, impatiently tapping a pencil on the top of our desk, barely paying attention as a teacher droned on about something we neither understood nor expected to use outside of the school. Well, a group of researchers at the University of Illinois is working on something that could capture the imaginations of similarly spaced-out students. Professor Robb Lindgren and graduate student Sam Wang, working with colleagues from Vanderbilt University and the University of Central Florida, developed a program of mixed-reality technologies that’s intended to improve comprehension of complex ideas — particularly in

BTN LiveBIG: Indiana professor restores the glory of Rome

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither, for that matter, was “Rome Reborn.” This initiative to create a realistic virtual replication of Ancient Rome is the brainchild of Bernard Frischer, a professor at Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing. And the impressive result is due to innovative ideas and hard work carried out through his career. Frischer came up with the idea back in 1974 shortly after he’d arrived in “The Eternal City” as an academic fellow at the American Academy of Rome. With his classics academic background, Frischer was fascinated by the monuments of antiquity he saw during