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BTN LiveBIG shines a light on the community of Big Ten students, faculty and alumni who are making a difference in the world through innovations in research, education and community service. Check out our featured LiveBIG community stories below and join the LiveBIG conversation by sharing your stories with our Facebook and Twitter communities.

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BTN LiveBIG: Minnesota teaching future teachers

Today, there is more diversity in public school classrooms than ever before. This creates a rich, worldly experience for America’s youth, but it also poses a challenge to teachers who must meet the needs of students from a variety of backgrounds.

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BTN LiveBIG: Illinois, NU create self-charging heart

The human heart is one of the most incredible natural phenomena in existence. The ways in which it powers various functions of the human body is one of the great wonders of life. Yonggang Huang and John Rogers, professors at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, respectively, have spent much of their careers studying this amazing organ.

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BTN LiveBIG: Maryland student help girls in Nigeria

When terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of school girls in Nigeria in May of this year, it made headlines around the world and sparked a grassroots social media campaign that centered around the Twitter hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. For University of Maryland student Jennifer Soba Pearse, the news hit close to home — figuratively and literally.

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BTN LiveBIG: Meet Ohio State's first Tillman Military Scholar

Despite having two veteran grandfathers, Greg Freisinger never considered the military as an option — but that changed on Sept. 11, 2001.

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BTN LiveBIG: Purdue, Whirlpool partner to ReNEWW

A group of Purdue University researchers, in conjunction with appliance manufacturing giant Whirlpool Corp., are taking up a three-year challenge transforming a 1920s home in West Lafayette, Ind., into an ultra energy-efficient, net-zero residence. The house will be retrofitted to generate as much energy as it consumes over a year.

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BTN LiveBIG: 4th and 1 Camp helping kids prepare for life

Miami Dolphins Director of Player Development Kaleb Thornhill enjoys mentoring kids. So when he found out about the non-profit youth football and academic camp 4th and 1 and its mission to help student-athletes from disadvantaged backgrounds go to college, he knew he needed to bring it to his alma mater, Michigan State University, in his hometown, East Lansing, Mich.

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BTN LiveBIG: PSU football lifting weights, spirits

When Penn State football player Scott Shirley learned his father was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2003, he and his family soon learned that little could be done to treat this debilitating condition.

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa, Buddy Lazier team up to see impact

Today is Iowa Day on BTN, and this special report detailing the personal decision of Buddy Lazier to raise awareness for a unique cause in this year’s Indianapolis 500 will air at 10 AM and 10 PM.

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BTN LiveBIG: Evans Scholarships driving education home

The Evans Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards available in the United States, and it has an influence over its scholars for not only the time they are in college but the years that follow. But the influence goes beyond the financial aid it provides the college students.

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BTN LiveBIG: B1G social influence rated nationally

Recently, Coldlime analysed how the top 100 U.S. universities (as ranked by Forbes) are using Twitter, utilizing Moz’s Social Authority, and the Big Ten was very well represented. Six Big Ten universities were included in Forbes’ top 100, and four of them were among Coldlime’s top 14 overall.

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BTN LiveBIG: Matthew Schuyler sees change, growth at Hilton

Over the past 25 years, a relatively unheard of corporate department – Human Resources – has become a critical cog in the success or failure of a business or enterprise.

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BTN LiveBIG: Rutgers engineering smart Sandy rebuild

It has been almost two years since Super Storm Sandy devastated the eastern seaboard, but the impact is still painfully apparent. Families and businesses are still trying to rebuild, and Rutgers is working to ensure that the new New Jersey is more resistent and better prepared for the next major storm.

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BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

Ryan Patrick, the director of THON at Penn State, joined the likes of Walter Cronkite and Steve Jobs as the recipient of a national Jefferson Award for public service. We profiled Ryan earlier this year.

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BTN LiveBIG: Entrepreneurship teams compete at Purdue

And the Academy goes to…Breeze ++!

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BTN LiveBIG: Schuler Scholar Program making college a reality

A celebrated American tradition – being the first in your family to attend college – is the basis of a charitable effort of stunning scope in the Chicagoland area.

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