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Like another famous New Jersey native, Rutgers alumna Ashley Higginson was born to run. She not only took gold in the 3,000-meter steeplechase competition at the Pan American Games last month in Toronto, but also set a Pan Am record in the event with her time of 9 minutes, 48.12 seconds.
One of the ways great stories come to life is through interesting photos. And we regularly come across some captivating shots in our search for remarkable stories about students, faculty and alumni throughout the Big Ten.
Tyron Cooper wears several hats at Indiana University. As an assistant professor in the Department of African-American and African Diaspora Studies, Cooper is tasked with academic responsibilities in the classroom. But on top of that, he connects the school’s — and the state’s — rich musical heritage with African-American styles as director of the IU Soul Revue.
The setup is like something from a James Bond movie: A mysterious visitor arrives in an African nation to conduct a major arms deal. But little do the local warlords know that he’s planning to thwart their violent ways with a clever scheme.
It seems too good to be true: Spend one day a week taking a college class that’s held right next to the beach. But that’s exactly what Rutgers did with its inaugural RU at the Shore program this summer.
In the writings of Mark Twain, one of the activities Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn enjoyed most was doing a little fishing down on the mighty Mississip’. But Tom and Huck might have been flabbergasted if they’d seen one of the ways University of Iowa students are catching fish down on that “Big River.”
Anyone who’s commuted in traffic in a major U.S. city or tried to get their children out the door for school can claim to have some familiarity with the concept of “controlled chaos.” Simply put, this phrase refers to the often random, unpredictable interactions and events that can hinder or even halt complex, critical systems.
Wisconsin’s “cheeseheads” might someday have a wealth of local options to pair with the state’s most popular food. And they may have Nick Smith to thank for it.
The human experience of slavery in the United States was recently and memorably captured in the Oscar-winning Best Film “12 Years a Slave,” adapted from the 1853 novel of the same name by Solomon Northup. But while Northup’s long fight to reclaim his freedom after a ruthless kidnapping was an undeniably compelling story, it wasn’t representative of the typical struggle of African-Americans who sought to break the bonds of slavery.
Many people already know that Purdue is “Astronaut University.” Twenty-three of its graduates took part in spaceflight missions, and Neil Armstrong is among its distinguished astronaut alumni.
At 217 years old and still going strong, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band is nearly as old as America itself. Its storied history has included countless performances for American leaders and international heads of state, as well as being conducted by the likes of John Philip Sousa.
Few college graduates go on to design the alumni center for their alma mater. But that’s just one of many things that makes Maryland alumnus Hugh Newell Jacobsen unique.
From the Garden of Eden to strange black monoliths, human beings have long sought explanations of their origins.
When it comes to fashion, Iowa City might not be in the same league as New York, Paris and Milan, but for one day out of the year, it struts and sashays with the best of ‘em.
It’s been driving rapid job creation and an investment boom for a few years now in the Midwest. And experts say it has the potential to make the U.S. energy-independent within the next couple of decades.
An ever-present symbol of Penn State University, Mount Nittany also serves as a gateway of sorts to a mountain wilderness that covers much of central Pennsylvania.
Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo has seen more than his share of clutch performances and high-pressure situations. But even in his biggest games, there have been breaks in the action.
Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums and faculty are taking to work.
Women have made great professional strides in the past few decades, to the point where they now comprise nearly half of the entire U.S. workforce and the majority of American college students. Still, when it comes to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), they have a long way to go.
Imagine we could get rid of Tay-Sachs disease, hemophilia, sickle-cell anemia, cystic fibrosis and other genetic disorders without any new medicines.
Indiana senior Samantha Schmidt brought home a big victory for the Hoosiers this summer when she won the national writing championship at the 2015 Hearst Journalism Awards in June. And with five of the eight finalists in the writing category, the IU Media School had a great overall showing in the competition.
To commemorate this Independence Day, BTN LiveBIG is looking back on some of the incredible stories we’ve shared recently. Read the articles below to learn more about the interesting, important work that your fellow Americans (and Big Ten students, alums and faculty) are doing.
Throughout the year, members of the Buckeye Nation hit the road to have fun, soak up different cultures and serve communities around the world. But no matter where they go, they’re never far from O-H-I-O.