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BTN LiveBIG: Badgers' 'CAVE' a haven for experiential learning

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. To describe different levels of human thought, the ancient Greek thinker Plato came up with the Allegory of the Cave. Essentially, he described a metaphorical situation in which some people (the ones with true knowledge) could see the world as it really is. But many more only experienced life as a series of shadows upon a cave wall, never really understanding what

BTN LiveBIG: Hawkeye student blazes a trail in the Iowa National Guard

Iowa sophomore Megan Reaska is in the process of becoming the first female combat engineer in the state’s National Guard. And while she’s proud of this, Reaska admitted she’s something of an accidental trailblazer. “I didn’t know that when I first decided to be a combat engineer,” she said. “That’s a pretty cool feeling.” Born and raised in Streeter, Ill., Reaska spent the past few years moving between Iowa and Texas due to her father’s work. Now settled in Iowa for school, she’s looking to the future. “I’ve been thinking about [military service] for a while now,” she said. “My

BTN LiveBIG: Purdue students develop a potentially 'world-changing' device

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. The challenge was simple enough to grasp: All the students of Dr. John Starkey’s mechanical engineering capstone course had to do was design something that will change the world. “The goal is to provide something that is revolutionary,” said Kat Frangos, a student in the course. Students are first presented with a problem statement, according to the course website. From there, they

BTN LiveBIG: Rutgers conservatory introduces high schoolers to the joys, trials of musical theater

Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus is about an hour’s drive from the bright lights of Broadway. And though it’s not quite “The Great White Way,” it’s a place where some of musical theater’s stars of tomorrow can get an early glimpse of the determination and grit behind the glitter and glamour. Alistair Williams, director of the Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy, says it can be a rude awakening for the area high school students who go through the university’s program. By learning from industry professionals involved with the Academy, they get a sense of the drive, talent and sacrifice

BTN LiveBIG: Huskers attract Africa's best and brightest for educational exchange

The ultimate aim of education shouldn’t be to teach students how to memorize information. It should also help broaden their horizons and prepare them to lead and improve human society. Based on that standard, it appears that the exchange program run by the University of Nebraska’s Institute of Civic Engagement is a success. The State Dept.-sponsored program, the Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI), invites 20 students annually from Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe to Nebraska’s campus in Lincoln for a five-week crash course in democracy, citizenship and civic engagement. The participants are chosen by the embassy in

BTN LiveBIG: Artist helps students at Illinois move their feet for social change

Recent violence and heated rhetoric across the country has led to anger and racial tension in communities all over the U.S. And one performer working at the University of Illinois made an effort to help others address those feelings in a positive, productive way. National Arts medal winner Ping Chong spent the month of January as an artist-in-residence at the University of Illinois, working with Department of Dance students on a piece called Baldwin NOW. Chong’s residency was funded by a grant from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study’s George A. Miller Endowment Visiting

BTN LiveBIG: OSU alum brings innovation, opportunity to Central Ohio

In 1962, Ken Coleman arrived at the campus of The Ohio State University with a big dream: to graduate and find a job as a math teacher. It might not seem all that audacious today, but this was the early 1960s, and Coleman was a young African-American man living in the town of Centralia in downstate Illinois. And neither his mother, a maid, nor his father, a day laborer, graduated high school. Still, none of those things kept Coleman from chasing his dreams — which, as it turned out, went well beyond becoming a math teacher. Because of his experience

BTN LiveBIG: Purdue, IU team up for a summer 'C.A.M.P.' like no other

Do your memories of summer camp include toasting marshmallows over an open fire, hikes in the woods and mosquito bites? How about dissecting an animal heart? If that last one throws people for a loop, they can be excused. That’s because up to this point, there hasn’t been a summer experience quite like C.A.M.P. A collaboration between the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences and the Indiana University School of Medicine – West Lafayette, C.A.M.P. (Clinical Applications for future Medical Professionals) is an innovative undertaking designed to introduce young people to the possibilities of a career in health. Campers,

BTN LiveBIG: THON inspires Penn State faithful to go the extra miles

How are you spending this weekend? If your answer to that question is dancing without stopping for two straight days, there’s a good chance you’re a Penn State student participating in the giant annual dance marathon — a.k.a, THON — to raise awareness of and funding for treatment of children’s cancer. And if you’re planning to spend the weekend resting after a grueling relay run across Central Pennsylvania, you’re likely a PSU alum or another member of the Nittany Lions community supporting the same cause as the THON dancers through Hope Express. From 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, until

BTN LiveBIG: MSU floats a new solution to invasive species in the Great Lakes

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. Beneath the waves of Lake Michigan lurks a blood-sucking invader, the dreaded sea lamprey. This aquatic vampire, with no known predators in the region, has decimated populations of lake trout, whitefish and herring. But there is hope, and it comes in the form of a fish. A robotic fish. The mechanical maritime creatures are the brainchild of Dr. Xiaobo Tan and his