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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: UW researcher works to prevent cancer

BTN will join the American Cancer Society in the support of Suits and Sneakers™ Awareness Weekend Jan. 24-26, when coaches wear sneakers with their suits during games to raise awareness of the fight against cancer. Today’s blog post, from Elizabeth Mendes, managing editor for research at the American Cancer Society, highlights impressive work being done at the University of Wisconsin to increase Colorectal cancer screening rates.

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BTN LiveBIG: Purdue premiere

Tonight, the 2014 LiveBIG season continues with the Purdue episode premiere, after the Boilermakers take on the Fighting Illini in Big Ten men’s hoops action.

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BTN LiveBIG: MSU keeping feet warm in Lansing

Look down at your feet. Are you wearing socks? Well, imagine what it would be like if you didn’t have access to any – none.

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BTN LiveBIG: Penn State premiere

Tonight, the 2014 LiveBIG season continues with the Penn State episode premier after the Nittany Lions skate against the Golden Gophers from Minnesota in Big Ten hockey action.

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BTN LiveBIG: Brian Griese helping kids cope with loss

As a 21-year-old quarterback at Michigan, Brian Griese was on top of the world after leading the Wolverines to their first national championship in 49 years.

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BTN LiveBIG: How will you give back in 2014? (Poll)

As the 2014 begins, we’d like to know how you plan on giving back in the new year. Please share with us how, and how often, you plan to work in your community this year.

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BTN LiveBIG: Hoosier women focus on philanthropy

The fan experience at Indiana University’s Assembly Hall is about to change for the better, thanks to the second largest donation from a woman in the university’s history. The 42-year-old building will see much needed renovations over the next few years thanks to a $40 million investment.

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BTN LiveBIG: Illinois premiere

Tonight the University of Illinois episode kicks off the 2014 LiveBIG season after Coach John Groce’s Fighting Illini take on the Wisconsin Badgers. In the episode you’ll learn more about astronaut Mike Hopkins, who was once the captain of the Illinois football team, and the largest supercomputer in the world (aka “Blue Waters”).

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BTN LiveBIG: Math made fun at Nebraska

When you ask a student, “What is your favorite subject in school?” it’s not often you’ll hear a resounding “Math!” in reply. In fact, only about 10% of students who take the ACT indicate an interest in pursuing a career in STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering or math).

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BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

The new season of LiveBIG shows on BTN kicks off this week! Click here for the complete schedule.

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BTN LiveBIG returns Jan. 8 with new shows

CHICAGO – A new season of the television series BTN LiveBIG debuts Jan. 8, with stories about 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. The first episode features Illinois.

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BTN LiveBIG: Kirk Cousins teaching kids

Years before the Washington Redskins made him their starting quarterback this season, Kirk Cousins was displaying leadership skills at Michigan State. Today, as his Spartans play in the 100th Rose Bowl Game, Cousins will serve as the honorary captain for his alma mater.

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BTN LiveBIG: Monday Morning Download

Since the beginning of November, we’ve been sharing the inspiring stories of Big Ten students, faculty and alumni who are making a difference in the world through innovations in research, education and community service. In an effort to shine a light on even more wonderful Big Ten happenings, we’ll be serving up positive headlines every Monday morning, right here on the BTN LiveB1G blog.

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BTN LiveBIG: J.J. Watt giving kids a chance

J.J. Watt is now a superstar in the NFL, but it wasn’t long ago that he was just a small-town kid from Pewaukee, Wisc., daring to dream of one day suiting up as a professional football player. Watt’s journey to stardom, a bumpy road that didn’t include any big-time college scholarship offers as a senior in high school, has given him perspective.

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BTN LiveBIG: Merritt leading from hoops to fashion

David Merritt knows a little bit about hard work paying off.

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BTN LiveBIG: Chad Greenway helping families

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway knows about playing thru pain. The former Iowa Hawkeye has been playing with a fractured wrist during the 2013 NFL season, but he has remained the heartbeat of the Vikings’ defense.

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BTN LiveBIG: Ohio State athletes make reading fun

If football players at The Ohio State University need an example of the rewards of giving back, they need to look no further than two of their coaches.

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BTN LiveBIG: Monday Morning Download

Since the beginning of November, we’ve been sharing the inspiring stories of Big Ten students, faculty and alumni who are making a difference in the world through innovations in research, education and community service. In an effort to shine a light on even more wonderful Big Ten happenings, we’ll be serving up positive headlines every Monday morning, right here on the BTN LiveB1G blog.

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BTN LiveBIG: Roger Powell Jr. making a difference

Roger Powell Jr. capped off his collegiate career in style at the Final Four.

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BTN LiveBIG: Northwestern's Bast striking out bullying

What began as a summer project for Northwestern senior softball star Marisa Bast has quickly become a community-changing program.

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BTN LiveBIG: Mateen Cleaves helping Michigan families

Led by the enormous smile and clutch play of point guard Mateen Cleaves – a Flint, Mich., native – the Michigan State Spartans won the NCAA championship that 2000. The victory capped the most decorated basketball career in Michigan State history for Cleaves before moving on to the NBA, where he played seven seasons.

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BTN LiveBIG: Penn State hockey raising awareness

At Penn State, the annual dance-a-thon (aka THON) is arguably the biggest campus event of the school year. As is the case at Indiana – who we featured earlier this fall – THON raises an enormous amount of money in support of pediatric cancer patients and the search for a cure. Last year, THON raised $12.37 million.

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BTN LiveBIG: Archie Griffin's Heisman legacy

Tonight, college football’s most elite club will welcome a new member when the winner of the 2013 Heisman Trophy is named.

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa soccer sharing Gems of Hope

In 2004, a nine-year-old girl named Tory accompanied her mother, Shiela, to the hospital while she received treatment for breast cancer. Tory wrote notes of encouragement and drew pictures for her mother that made an enormous impact on Shiela’s daily battle with the disease.

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BTN LiveBIG: Indiana professors earn Grammy nominations

When the 2014 Grammy nominations were announced this week, predictable pop stars like Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Daft Punk and Macklemore were among those who made headlines for their selections. Who else made the acclaimed list? None other than Indiana University Jacobs School of Music professor Wayne Wallace and IU sound media historian and producer Patrick Feaster.

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