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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: Iowa organization builds bridges to better futures

In the United States, we take our transportation infrastructure for granted. It’s not necessarily a big deal for us to travel, say, a hundred miles from where we live, no matter where that might be. But in many parts of the world, a trip of just a few miles is fraught with hazards, as roads and bridges are either in poor condition or non-existent.

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BTN LiveBIG: Buckeyes' Bold Booths bring burst of brilliance to Columbus

You’re rushing around downtown Columbus when you absent-mindedly pull into one of those gray, nondescript city parking lots. But you’re taken completely by surprise when you stumble onto an artistic treasure: The attendant’s booth isn’t some drab box of frowns and dollar bills, but a mélange of soaring steel and glass lines crafted into a large sculpture.

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BTN LiveBIG: Northwestern grads deliver hope on two wheels to African schoolgirls

One thing that characterizes great journalists is the ability to get to the bottom of a problem. And for two former Northwestern University journalism students, their ability to do that led to more than just a great story. It prompted them to create a philanthropic organization that’s changing lives in one of the poorest countries on Earth.

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa stirs artistic and cultural melting pot

The University of Iowa’s acclaimed Writers’ Workshop is associated with some of the biggest names in modern literature. Philip Roth, John Cheever and Robert Penn Warren served as faculty members here. And Pulitzer Prize winner and legendary African-American author James Alan McPherson, who’s been part of the faculty for decades, is practically an Iowa City institution in his own right.

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