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David Chase was at Northwestern University Library when the idea hit him. He does not remember what he was studying at the library. That is irrelevant. His idea had nothing to do with schoolwork.
Jeff Sauer admits he was not initially ecstatic over the prospect of coaching the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.
The study of the lengthy and, perhaps, never-ending struggle of the African American people in the United States led University of Maryland Professor Ira Berlin to receive the W. E. B. Dubois Medal for 2014 from Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Studies.
With the 2014 NFL Draft set to begin on Thursday, let’s look back at how some of the players we have featured this year continue to represent their alma maters well on – and off – the football field.
Every Big Ten school has doctors and students doing research into the causes and potential cures of cancer. Those efforts are now part of a coordinated system of research known as the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium.
Dan Reed grew up in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, a small town on the Missouri border. The rural region did not exactly boast museums full of history and research. However, in the midst of the space race, Reed got his scientific education when a group from NASA rolled up with modern technology.
Priya Shah’s life was stable. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and economics from Rutgers in 2011. Out of college, she started work at a marketing firm in New Jersey. For someone who was born in India and immigrated to the United States at age three, the progression of life appeared ideal.
As part of their education at the University of Minnesota, thousands of students are taught that there are important societal issues in need of their time and effort.
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Grant Fehr saw a lot of himself in Connor Long. Connor displayed an outgoing personality, but he was unsure what he wanted to do with his life.
Throughout the spring of 2014, students across all 14 Big Ten Universities have submitted dozens of solutions stories, highlighting the best of their universities. Thanks to the work of Big Ten student journalists, the contributions of students, faculty and alumni are not going unnoticed. And what contributions they are!
Purdue does not usually devote a full day to school pride and fundraising. But when it does, it prefers a spectacle.
HAL 9000 is not real. Despite its fame from 2001: a Space Odyssey, the Arthur C. Clarke novel-turned-Stanley Kubrick film (both in 1968), the talking sentient computer that could interact with astronauts in space never actually existed.
Every year since 1951, Indiana University has run a cycling race they call the “Little 500.”
Over the past two years, the Ohio State University has partnered with people in Africa to create sustainable collaborations in teaching, research and outreach.
It started as an undergraduate thesis. Now, it may help rebuild New Orleans.
If all goes according to plan, a group of University of Nebraska students will go up in a microgravity flight simulator this May to see if an astronaut can absorb a robotic capsule that can diagnose internal disease.
What do you get when you match major marketing power to social cause efforts to increase employment opportunities for adults on the autism spectrum? You get AutonomyWorks, winner of the 2013 Chicago Innovation Awards.
We are just three days away from the deadline for Big Ten students to submit stories of solution coming from their universities. Here are two more showing the positive impact Big Ten students, staff and faculty can have.
Purdue University graduates have walked on the moon, worked in the Mir Space Station, and flown the Shuttle. They also have contributed many others who work at NASA or in the burgeoning private space programs. And eight of the Purdue astronauts came back on campus to talk about their careers and experiences.
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In April 1966, When Nancy Nicklaus was 11 months old, she swallowed a piece of a crayon. Her parents noticed a series of choking incidents that would start, stop and start again.
Two thousand students attend the Kabwende Primary Center in Kinigi, Rwanda, where they study reading and math in English, rather than in French or Kinyarwanda, the country’s other official languages. Yet when Indiana University students first visited the school in 2009, one year after its switch to an English-based education, not one Rwandan child had an English-written book to call their own.
This year, the University of Maryland and Rutgers University join the Big Ten. Each school already has a tradition of living big, with students, faculty and alumni impacting the world with their service and research. As part of BTN LiveBIG share a Solution, student journalists at Maryland and Rutgers have shared some of these solution stories with us. Check them out below. And if you are a Big Ten student, share your solution story with us by April 18th and you may win an inaugural BTN LiveBIG Solutions Journalism Award.