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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: Indiana Dance Marathon breaks record

A mere 36 hours after Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” appropriately opened the 2013 Indiana University Dance Marathon (IUDM), the 23rd annual fundraiser concluded with a record-breaking celebration.

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BTN LiveBIG: Orange Krush impacting local organizations

In John Groce’s first year at the helm of the Illini men’s basketball program, his team relied on the deep threat. And that mindset — 280 made three-point field goals — helped the Illini reach the second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time since 2011.

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BTN LiveBIG: Wolverines providing hope in Florida hometown

In last January’s Outback Bowl, South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney produced the highlight of the year when he hit Michigan running back Vincent Smith, sending Smith’s helmet flying.

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BTN LiveBIG: Minnesota microscope first of its kind

Big research can require looking at incredibly small things. Soon, the University of Minnesota will be able to examine the smallest materials in detail never seen before.

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BTN LiveBIG: Penn State wins bacteria battling partnership

In late October, “Frontline” aired an alarming report titled “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria.” A couple weeks later, research being done at Penn State to combat this problem won an international competition.

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BTN LiveBIG: Napoleon Harris tackling politics

One former football player lost his battle, but a Northwestern grad stepped in to make a long-term impact in his honor.

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BTN LiveBIG: Voting made easier at Michigan State

Every November, millions of Americans express their political beliefs by taking part in the democratic process. Unfortunately, voting can be difficult for those with mobility issues.

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BTN LiveBIG: NASCAR made SAFER at Nebraska

If you search for “NASCAR crash wall” on Google, dozens of stories and videos appear that show fiery crashes. You will also find headlines featuring driver reactions to these crashes, as was the case for Jeff Gordon earlier in November.

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa leading research to make roads safer

Road construction is an unfortunate headache many people deal with during their daily commute. Now, research being done by the University of Iowa is working to make these projects more effective, and save the government millions of dollars.

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BTN LiveBIG: Ohio State's Young Scholars Program honored

On Nov. 12, the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU) named The Ohio State University’s Young Scholars Program (YSP) the winner of the 2013 C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award.

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BTN LiveBIG: UW professor, Sesame Workshop help kids

“Lots of families didn’t know how to talk about it. Does a 3-year-old really understand when one of their parents in is jail?”

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BTN LiveBIG: Design for America developing leaders

In 2009, a group of Northwestern students won an award for having the “Most Creative Project” from the Diabetes Mine Awards with their concept for a bear that would help children diagnosed with type-one diabetes learn about their disease.

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BTN LiveB1G: Indiana committed to helping veterans

We started Veterans Day weekend with a BTN LiveB1G story about the ground-breaking work being done at Michigan State to help veterans and their families deal with psychological and emotional issues that arise when soldiers come home from war.

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BTN LiveBIG: Spartans helping veterans

War changes people.

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BTN LiveBIG: Michigan Solar Car Team driven to succeed

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a 100-member team from Ann Arbor, Mich., defines success as no less than a national championship. It also shouldn’t surprise you that the team works together around the clock preparing for a grueling competition driven by a desire to leave a legacy for future Wolverines. What may come as a surprise is this team doesn’t play in the Big House.

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BTN LiveBIG: Matt Light leading by example

Matt Light had a pretty good year in 2001. He was drafted out of Purdue by the New England Patriots in the second round of the NFL Draft (48th overall) and went to work on a team that was supposedly rebuilding.

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BTN LiveBIG: Nancy Brinker running to beat cancer

Nancy Brinker, a member of the University of Illinois’ Class of 1968, has defined LiveB1G for more than 30 years.

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BTN LiveBIG: Minnesota, Jerry Kill working to beat epilepsy

On Oct. 26, the University of Minnesota made history when it upset Nebraska. It was the first Gopher win over the Cornhuskers since 1960, and was arguably the biggest victory during Jerry Kill’s tenure as head coach.

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BTN LiveBIG: Robbie Gould making an impact in Chicago

After spending four years at Penn State, Gould wasn’t on anyone’s short list for the NFL Draft. He wasn’t drafted in 2005, but nine years later he ranks second in Chicago Bears’ history in scoring, is one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, and has been to a Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl.

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BTN LiveBIG: A New Season

Welcome to the new BTN LiveB1G community!

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BTN LiveBIG: On reducing brain injuries, prevent bullying

BTN’s new series, BTN LiveBIG, continues Wednesday following the Minnesota at Nebraska men’s basketball game, with stories about a Nebraska research initiative to help reduce the number of traumatic brain injuries suffered by soldiers and a professor leading the way in the fight against bullying in schools. The episode will air at 11 p.m. CT Wednesday.

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BTN LiveBIG: Minnesota's research & medical discoveries

BTN’s new series “BTN LiveBIG” continues Friday following the Denver at Minnesota men’s hockey game, with stories about a professor’s findings that have broad implications for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and a team of researchers who are tracking the carp populations in local lakes to help native ecosystems survive. The episode will air at 10:30 p.m. ET on Friday.

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa's focus on youth & health of newborns

BTN’s new series, BTN LiveBIG, continues Wednesday following the Purdue at Iowa men’s basketball game, with stories about programs that emphasize the importance of screening newborns for life-threatening conditions, and an advanced driving-simulator facility to help reduce car crashes. The episode will air at 11:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

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BTN LiveBIG: On Wisconsin's community outreach

BTN’s new series “BTN LiveBIG” continues Tuesday following the Nebraska at Wisconsin men’s basketball game, with stories about a student-run program that for more than 20 years has provided free health care to patients in need and a local neighborhood book exchange program  that has gone global. The episode will air at midnight ET on Tuesday.

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BTN LiveBIG: Michigan research & community outreach

BTN’s new series ” BTN LiveBIG” continues Friday following the Michigan at Ohio State men’s hockey game, with stories about a Michigan program focused on preventing auto accidents while improving roadside safety and a mentoring program designed to increase participation of inner-city youth in STEM education. The episode will air at 9 p.m. ET on Friday.

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