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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and new research from a University of Illinois medical team could redefine the role of estrogen in the development of this deadly disease.
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Earlier this year, Indiana University’s football team got a dramatic win on the road against the ranked Missouri Tigers. For senior safety Mark Murphy, it was the high point of an illustrious collegiate athletics career.
When they decided to form their own charitable organization, former University of Minnesota football player Eric Decker and his wife, Jessie James-Decker, wanted to make sure it reflected both of their personalities and priorities.
Rutgers University student Katherine Lau knows a career in biomedical engineering has the potential to change lives. And this summer, she saw just what kind of impact she can have when she helped build a hand using 3D printing technology for a 4-year-old girl.
“If my brother didn’t die, I think I would be making smart tomatoes or engineering trees,” said Dr. P. Hande Ozdinler.
In a world full of chaos, chemistry researchers at Penn State are trying to create some order. In the process, they may have discovered one of the strongest materials in the world.
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When he’s not helping the New Orleans Saints stay in the playoff hunt, former University of Illinois running back Pierre Thomas is working hard off the gridiron to fight childhood obesity.
Seeing eye dogs are a necessity for many Americans, and one student group at Rutgers is helping to train the best.
This year marks a grim anniversary for the African nation of Rwanda. Twenty years ago, extremists from the country’s Hutu ethnic group massacred somewhere between 500,000 and 1 million people in less than four months.
Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section.
It has nearly 3,000 horsepower. It’s reached speeds of more than 300 miles per hour. It looks like a cross between the Batmobile and a Maglev train. And it’s powered by … electricity?
The University of Michigan is bringing nurses and other medical professionals from Thailand to Ann Arbor for a year to learn how to create suitable treatment programs back home.
When Indiana University Associate Professor Jawshing Arthur Liou received an e-mail “out of the blue” from the director of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, he had no idea it would lead to the biggest exhibition of his career.
Todd Connor saw an opportunity to serve his country after graduating from Northwestern. And after working in a number of roles following his “graduation” from the Navy, he saw an opportunity to serve his fellow veterans.
Now he’s about to change the business landscape for them.
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After the games are over and all the spectators are gone, one of the best teams in the country goes to work in The Horseshoe.
Dr. Kathleen Anderson still speaks about horses with the same passion and delight she discovered in junior high school.
Approximately 70 percent of the homeless population of the United States smokes cigarettes. This begs the question: Why do so many of the country’s poorest citizens have such an expensive, unhealthy addiction?
Sometimes, inspiration can strike in the most unlikely of places. The inside of a college mascot costume, for example.
When Advait Kumar was growing up thousands of miles away in Kanpur, India, there was never any question of where he’d go to college. “My father went to Penn State in 1980,” he said. “My brother’s going there too. We call ourselves a Penn State family in India.”
“Detroit’s known for making two things: cars and music. We’re looking to build the next generation of musicians in Detroit.”
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