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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: PSU hockey player saves a life

Millions of people suffer from types of cancer that require a bone marrow transplant.  Although most people know about donating blood, many fewer know you can donate your bone marrow. Although relatives can be a good match, they aren’t always.  So Be the Match, a nonprofit organization, focuses on getting people to get tested and then listed in the donor registry.  People who are registered only donate when a match is found.

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BTN LiveBIG: Gophers helping the world hear

Dave Fabry, VP of Audiology and Professional Services at Starkey Hearing Technologies, works with Bill and Tani Austin with the Starkey Hearing Foundation. They are committed to delivering hearing to millions of people around the globe.

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BTN LiveBIG: Kindness is trending at Wisconsin

Mollie Barden was working in her Wisconsin dorm room two years ago on Halloween when there was a knock on her door. Begrudgingly, she answered, expecting rowdy kids looking for treats. What she found instead would help change the course of her college experience.

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BTN LiveBIG: Spartans paying it forward

 

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BTN LiveBIG: Nebraska bringing history to life

What is at the intersection of images, personal stories, and a spot on a map? If you are Nick Stanhope, you believe it is a connection point for people of different eras.  The founder of History Pin believes that the power of that intersection of historical content, pictures, films, audio recordings, and personal stories are conversation pieces across the generations.

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BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

Congrats to Coach Izzo and his Michigan State Spartans for winning the Big Ten tournament!

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BTN LiveBIG: Jalen Rose Q&A (part 2)

As the Wolverines take on the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis today, let’s continue with our exclusive interview with Jalen Rose. From his time at Michigan through the NBA and now as a media personality, Rose has always been a leader. At the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, he’s helping equip another generation for success.

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BTN LiveBIG: Jalen Rose Q&A (part 1)

On the court, Jalen Rose was a brash star of the University of Michigan’s iconic Fab Five squad that reformed the culture of college basketball in the early 1990s with shaved heads, baggy shorts, and black socks. Now, his playing days behind him, he’s a business-savvy national basketball analyst who is pouring his heart and soul into change the lives of the youth of Detroit.

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BTN LiveBIG: Indiana partners with the Pat Tillman Foundation

Indiana University now has a new method to support student veterans and military spouses, thanks to the Pat Tillman Foundation.

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BTN LiveBIG: Illinois women leading on water

Despite strong data and economic proof which demonstrates that everyone benefits when young women are educated and given leadership opportunities, in many countries and even within sections of the United States, women are left out of the leadership equation.

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BTN LiveBIG: Hawkeye helping Iowa City stay healthy

John Heineman is excited about the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic’s new logo. “It’s a new face to the clinic,” he explains. Heineman is not a new face at the clinic. In 2004, as a University of Iowa sophomore, Heineman volunteered to do basic paperwork.

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BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

Congrats to 1000+ @northwesternu students who just danced for 30 hours & raised $1.38m for @nudm. Go ‘Cats! #NUDM40 pic.twitter.com/HlVEAlg4q0

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BTN LiveBIG: Illinois' paralympic champions

For a handful of universities across the country, an iconic athletic program is intertwined with its institution’s identity — to the point that many instinctively associate school and sport.

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BTN LiveBIG: Indiana women excelling in technology

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are no problem for college women; they can use those as well as any guy on campus. But when it comes to understanding what happens when they hit the control and the “C” keys on their laptops, they may not be quite so savvy. That’s the way Maureen Biggers, one of the founders of the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology at Indiana University, saw it.

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BTN LiveBIG: Purdue serving orphans in Haiti

Purdue Athletic Chaplain Marty Dittmar worked to build and open an orphanage northeast of Mirebalais, Haiti. Built entirely by volunteers, the Purdue community has contributed considerable time, effort, and money to making the Ephraim Orphan Project a reality. The orphanage opened its doors about 9 months ago. LiveBIG sat down with Chaplain Dittmar to get an update.

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BTN LiveBIG: NUDM celebrates 40 years

On Monday, March 3, the Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM) hosted their annual student-athlete talent show to benefit their causes. On hand to serve as celebrity judges for the event were Northwestern alumni Michael Wilbon from ESPN and Oakland Raiders linebacker Nick Roach.

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BTN LiveBIG: Nittany Lions, Buckeyes working together

Penn State senior Denzel Middleton is recovering from THON, the annual student-run dance marathon. As an independent dance couple, he and his partner raised over $11,000 – a significant percentage of the $13.3 million raised this year.

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BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

Last week, 22 students in the Penn State School of Music Chamber Orchestra set up in the HUB-Robeson Center and asked passers-by to “Conduct Us,” allowing anyone to direct the classical music performances. Here is the result:

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BTN LiveBIG: JFK's historic visit to Michigan

Peace Corps Week comes to a close today. Big Ten universities play a significant role in the Peace Corps today, but Ann Arbor, Mich., was witness to an incredible moment in American history.

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BTN LiveBIG: Buckeyes cruise to fight cancer

The seventh-annual Buckeye Cruise for Cancer was exactly what the name implies: a bunch of Buckeyes coming together to defeat the disease that claims the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.

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BTN LiveBIG: 40 years of Northwestern's Dance Marathon

What if you wanted to support a dance marathon but you can’t dance?  It turns out that there are plenty of ways to raise money without taking a turn on the dance floor, if you are part of Northwestern University’s Dance Marathon.

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BTN LiveBIG: Detroit students feeling MPowered

Born out of passion and fueled by desire or necessity, entrepreneurship lives at the intersection of innovation and ownership. And, from small clubs across the country to the television show “Shark Tank,” entrepreneurship is all the rage right now.

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa doing sky-high research

The Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL) at the University of Iowa does flight test research, pilot performance assessment and pilot training systems research and design. The OPL is directed by Tom Schnell, associate professor in Mechanical and industrial Engineering, who is a commercial pilot and a flight instructor.

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BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

13,343,517.33 reasons to smile. Thank you to EVERYONE who helped make this possible! pic.twitter.com/3OIynfWWye

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BTN LiveBIG: Spartans, Red Wings faceoff for charity

Four years ago, Ryan Miller was named the Most Outstanding Player as the United States men’s hockey team won the silver medal. This weekend, the US will be playing for the bronze and “home” will have their collective eyes on the ice in Sochi.

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