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Medakpwe Irene Draga left behind her family, job and home in South Sudan to earn a master’s degree in education from Indiana University. Her dream? To help turn around the fortunes of her nation, which is currently in the midst of a civil war that’s displaced more than a million people.
Stroke victims trying to build their motor functions back up during recovery typically work with physical therapists on huge machines that combine the arm exercise capabilities of an elliptical with the slow-moving function of a treadmill, all while being held upright by a harness attached to the ceiling or some other overhead structure.
From Abraham Lincoln to Nelson Mandela, we’ve all heard stories of people who didn’t let adversity stop them from making a mark on the world. But what qualities, exactly, made them succeed? Was it intellect? Education and mentorship? Hard work?
Most Saturdays in the fall, alumni associations all over the country get together at restaurants and watering holes to watch the current students at their alma mater (hopefully) make them proud of their school. During Michigan’s recent football bye week, however, the alumni association in Chicago did the university proud.
Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums are taking to work.
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.
Depression affects more than 350 million people of all ages around the world, and one of the key components to effective treatment of depression is timely and accurate diagnosis. A new blood test developed by a team at Northwestern would be the first of its kind to help predict the outcome of different types of therapy for depression.
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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and new research from a University of Illinois medical team could redefine the role of estrogen in the development of this deadly disease.
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Earlier this year, Indiana University’s football team got a dramatic win on the road against the ranked Missouri Tigers. For senior safety Mark Murphy, it was the high point of an illustrious collegiate athletics career.
When they decided to form their own charitable organization, former University of Minnesota football player Eric Decker and his wife, Jessie James-Decker, wanted to make sure it reflected both of their personalities and priorities.
Rutgers University student Katherine Lau knows a career in biomedical engineering has the potential to change lives. And this summer, she saw just what kind of impact she can have when she helped build a hand using 3D printing technology for a 4-year-old girl.
“If my brother didn’t die, I think I would be making smart tomatoes or engineering trees,” said Dr. P. Hande Ozdinler.
In a world full of chaos, chemistry researchers at Penn State are trying to create some order. In the process, they may have discovered one of the strongest materials in the world.
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When he’s not helping the New Orleans Saints stay in the playoff hunt, former University of Illinois running back Pierre Thomas is working hard off the gridiron to fight childhood obesity.
Seeing eye dogs are a necessity for many Americans, and one student group at Rutgers is helping to train the best.
This year marks a grim anniversary for the African nation of Rwanda. Twenty years ago, extremists from the country’s Hutu ethnic group massacred somewhere between 500,000 and 1 million people in less than four months.
Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section.
It has nearly 3,000 horsepower. It’s reached speeds of more than 300 miles per hour. It looks like a cross between the Batmobile and a Maglev train. And it’s powered by … electricity?
The University of Michigan is bringing nurses and other medical professionals from Thailand to Ann Arbor for a year to learn how to create suitable treatment programs back home.
When Indiana University Associate Professor Jawshing Arthur Liou received an e-mail “out of the blue” from the director of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, he had no idea it would lead to the biggest exhibition of his career.
Todd Connor saw an opportunity to serve his country after graduating from Northwestern. And after working in a number of roles following his “graduation” from the Navy, he saw an opportunity to serve his fellow veterans.
Now he’s about to change the business landscape for them.