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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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