A series that covers the true revolutionaries, Game Changers explores how innovators from Big Ten universities — students, faculty and alums — are inventing or reinventing their chosen fields. Scientists at Northwestern University have discovered what they believe to be the first liquid nanoscale laser. For those in the scientific community, it represents a potentially major breakthrough that could alter their fundamental understanding of how light functions on a nano scale. For the rest of us, it may be the most significant development in lasers since Dr. Evil harnessed them to his hench-sharks in the Austin Powers movies. “Technologically, it’s
Wednesday night was all about David Letterman, and for good reason. It was the final “Late Show with David Letterman,” this after two-plus decades of making America laugh every weeknight at 11:30 p.m. ET on CBS. Taking Letterman’s place, of course, will be Stephen Colbert, a 1986 graduate of Northwestern’s School of Communication. Well, on the final show, before saying good-bye for one last time, Letterman wished the Northwestern grad the best of luck. “I’m very excited,” said Letterman in the video above about Colbert. “I think he’s going to do a wonderful job, and I wish Stephen and his
Northwestern is coming off back-to-back 5-7 seasons after going to five bowls in a row. It’s time for the Wildcats to get back on track. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s 2015 schedule analysis posts ] Pat Fitzgerald—who is entering his 10th season at the helm of his alma mater–will have one of his most talented teams yet in his efforts to restore NU into a contender, but questions loom on offense at quarterback, wideout and along the line. Plus, the schedule is filled with hurdles. Here is a detailed look at Northwestern’s to-do list, which features eight bowl
ROSEMONT, Ill. – A global education experience. That’s a mouthful. And that’s also the goal of Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany for every student-athlete. Live it, learn it, know it. A procession of league athletic directors paraded in front of the media the last two days at the Big Ten’s headquarters and was peppered with myriad questions. What’s going on with the upcoming TV contract negotiations? Are there too many hoops games? Did the College Football Playoff work? Is the graduate transfer rule flawed? [ MORE: Grad transfer rule comes under scrutiny at AD meetings ] And on it went,
ROSEMONT, Ill. — During the recent meeting of Big Ten athletic directors, many topics were discussed. And one of the more prominent issues was that of graduate transfers. [ MORE: Q&A: Ohio State AD Gene Smith touches on several hot topics ] Is the concept working as intended? It’s a unique rule that has become a major part of the college sports landscape in recent years. A player earns his degree and still has a year of eligibility left. He then has the option to transfer to finish his athletic eligibility at another school. The catch: The athlete must be
The 2015 Big Ten baseball season has been filled with plenty of outstanding moments. [ MORE: Check out other #BTNStandout plays ] Fans have been treated to everything from diving catches to over-the-shoulder grabs. With the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament set to kick off Wednesday morning at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, we decided to hit the rewind button and take a look back at our 10 favorite plays from the season. Of course, we weren’t able to capture every play that happened, but these are the 10 plays from this season that really stood out to
The Big Ten on Tuesday announced the 2015 Baseball All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners, as selected by the conference coaches.
The Big Ten has announced the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament bracket, with Illinois earning the No. 1 seed after clinching its 30th conference championship. [ MORE: View the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament bracket ] The tournament is a double-elimination format that will begin on Wednesday at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn, with the title contest slated for Sunday afternoon. The tournament champion will earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. First pitch of the tournament is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, when No. 3 Michigan takes on No. 6 Indiana. BTN will provide live
Northwestern’s 2015 season came to a close Saturday at the NCAA South Bend Regional following a loss to No. 16 overall seed and Region host Notre Dame at Melissa Cook Stadium. After dropping a tight, entertaining 5-4 battle with Kentucky in the opening round of the tournament Friday, NU’s year simply ran out of gas in a 14-5 (5) run-rule decision Saturday against the 21st ranked Irish. Northwestern concludes the season with a 28-23 overall record after qualifying for its 10th NCAA Tournament field in the last 14 years. The Wildcats faced the nation’s sixth-toughest nonconference schedule in 2015 and
The Big Ten released the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament bracket on Saturday, with Illinois securing the top seed after winning the program’s 30th Big Ten title.