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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.

BTN LiveBIG: Katrina Adams serving tennis to the world

For tennis fans we’ve entered the sweet spot of Grand Slam season. The French Open just ended and the eyes of the sport are focused on Wimbledon and the US Open will be upon us in no time. The summer also marks a major spike in tennis participation so we thought it was appropriate to reconnect with Katrina Adams, a prominent voice on the world stage of the sport.

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BTN LiveBIG: NU LGBT Resource Center celebrates 10 years

When Devin Moss was in college, he was rejected from joining a fraternity and serving as a resident assistant because of his sexual orientation.

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BTN LiveBIG: Project SEALED brightening smiles in Iowa

In the spring of 2012, Iowa provost P. Barry Butler announced a strategic plan under the pillar, “Better Futures for Iowans.” The initiative invited proposals for how to delegate funding for the project. Faculty and staff submitted 28 applications, of which 13 were selected.

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BTN LiveBIG: Indiana's Hillary Nolting impacting Ecuador

“I kind of fell in love with volunteering at an early age,” said Hillary Nolting. “That’s what made me want to continue doing it in my college career.”

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BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

The team from Ohio State took first place in the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future competition.

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BTN LiveBIG: Illini 4000 riding cross country to beat cancer

“I never thought I would do this ride, but it’s something I had to be a part of.”

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BTN LiveBIG: Maryland completes the Do Good Challenge

“Doing good is really the point of our lives.  If we can do well and do good, that’s certainly a goal that we would like to accomplish.”  — Nick Henninger, Community Pipeline

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BTN LiveBIG: Purdue's Rube Goldberg wins award

How did Rube Goldberg’s name become synonymous with overcomplicated machines that do simple tasks? Because he made cartoon fun of complicated machines. He was so successful at his drawings that a hundred years after his birth, Purdue University decided to harness the obsession Americans have with his absurdly complex machines and founded a competition for people to design machines like Goldberg drew.

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BTN LiveBIG: NU soccer player brings sight to Nicaraguans

Katie Landgrebe from the Northwestern women’s soccer team traveled to Nicaragua for a week in May to work in one of OneSight’s (OneSight.org) five-day global clinics. Along with the in-depth community knowledge and relationships of Amigos for Christ (AmigosforChrist.org) based in Chinandega, Nicaragua, the OneSight team provided eyecare to almost 3,000 patients from the northern region of the country.

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BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

Three Indiana University students were named 2014 Tillman Military Scholars. We discussed IU’s relationship with the Tillman Military Scholars earlier this year.

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa student helping kids Experience The Game

“How do people afford going to games?”

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BTN LiveBIG: First Person Friday with Exavier Pope

Exavier B. Pope I, Esq. is an award-winning attorney, on air legal analyst, media personality, and Fortune 500 speaker. He has appeared on Fox News Channel, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, WGN Morning News, Fox Business Channel, Huff Post Live, CBS 2 News, NBC Chicago News, Clear Channel Stations, NBC Sports Radio, and other radio outlets nationally and internationally. You can follow him on Twitter at @exavierpope

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BTN LiveBIG: B1G Continues To Lead Concussion Conversation

Just last Thursday, President Obama admitted to having one as a child. Major League Baseball star Justin Morneau is making national headlines for recovering from one. More and more parents of kids in sports are becoming increasingly fearful of one.

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BTN LiveBIG: World Cup stage set for Maryland student

Two former Maryland Terrapin soccer players, Omar Gonzalez and Graham Zusi, are headed to the World Cup in Brazil this month. A fellow Terrapin will join them as a form of entertainment, although she will not be on the pitch.

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BTN LiveBIG: STREB brings inspiring dance to Nebraska

STREB, a dance troupe renowned for their extraordinary displays of daredevilry in unexpected places, brought their wizardry to the University of Nebraska.  But they didn’t just come to perform.  They came to engage students in a hands-on creation experience.  The group from UNL included more than dancers; it included architectural students who helped design amazing staging for the Lied Center. The computer/engineering students designed flying robots that performed during the dance.

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BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

On Memorial Day,1996 Indianapolis 500 champion Buddy Lazier competed in the Indy 500 in a car bearing the logo of the Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research.

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BTN LiveBIG: Workplaces evolving at Northwestern

The American workspace epitomizes hard work.

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BTN LiveBIG: First Person Friday with Tracey Bianchi

Reverend Tracey (Truhlar) Bianchi graduated from Iowa (1995) with a BA in History and Political Science. She serves on pastoral staff at Christ Church of Oak Brook (a Chicago area congregation of 3000+). She’s the author of several books and numerous articles. You can find her at traceybianchi.com

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BTN LiveBIG: Purdue grad changing the game for girls

One in four girls will be the victim of a crime of violence before she graduates high school, according to the Center for Disease Control. For girls in the worst neighborhoods of Chicago, they make up a disproportionately high part of that terrible statistic.

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BTN LiveBIG: Maryland students win language awards

Based within a few miles of the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., it makes sense that the University of Maryland would have a pronounced program in international studies and a corresponding preponderance of students interested in foreign languages studies.

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BTN LiveBIG: Buckeye legend Katie Smith continues leading

Katie Smith is a champion.

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BTN LiveBIG: Memorial Day Download

Happy Memorial Day! As we all take a day to consider the sacrifices made protecting our freedoms, let’s look back at some of the programs around the Big Ten that support our military members.

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BTN LiveBIG: Rutgers makes going green smarter

Students at Rutgers University are studying the relationship between humans and the buildings in which they live.

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BTN LiveBIG: Pelotonia combating cancer

“When cancer touches someone that is a peer, it really changes your perspective,” Kelley Griesmer says.

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BTN LiveBIG: Nebraska research targeting diseases

“My guess is that most scientists would say that they got into science because they wanted to change the world,” Stephen DiMagno says.

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