‘BTN LiveBIG’ spotlights Penn State’s programs

CHICAGO –BTN LiveBIG continues Monday with stories about Penn State’s research on the world of parasites in the ant population, a program that encourages disabled students to participate in recreational and competitive athletics and Turf Science research. The episode will air at 11 PM ET Monday following the Minnesota at Penn State men’s hockey game and the University Showcase Hockey Valley: The Opening of the Pegula Ice Arena.

The episode will bring viewers inside Penn State Professor David Hughes’ groundbreaking research on what he calls ‘Zombie Ants’ and how it may provide farmers with solutions to prevent crop decimation by ants. Also featured in the episode is Penn State’s world renowned Turf Science program that researches ways to make fields softer and safer for athletes.

The show will also feature Nittany Lion Ability Athletics initiative that gives disabled students the opportunity to get involved in activities normally reserved for able-bodied students around campus. During the show, Penn State men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers shares with viewers what makes Penn State such a special place.

For more information on upcoming episodes, please visit http://www.BTNLiveBIG.com. Fan can also follow BTN LiveBIG on Facebook and Twitter.

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