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BTN LiveBIG: Michigan alumna begins exciting new chapter of life

When Roberta Rubin came to the University of Michigan, she had every intention of studying to become a physical therapist. But her experiences in Ann Arbor set her on a very different academic and career path. It began with a class she took on the works of Shakespeare. The Bard’s plays and poems inspired a deep lifelong passion for literature and books, and she’s since spent her life trying to spread that passion to as many other people as possible. Most recently, she’s been working hard to get the American Writers Museum off the ground as co-chair of its board

BTN LiveBIG: Best of … Minnesota

From agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug to hockey legend Herb Brooks, the University of Minnesota has long been accustomed to making a big difference on the world stage. It’s a tradition they’ve continued well into the 21st century, in fields ranging from art and design to community development. See the BTN LiveBIG stories below to find out how Minnesota is leading the way toward a brighter future in the Twin Cities — and beyond: A Minnesota professor’s crusade to bring education to life Golden Gophers team up with heart patients for a day to remember Minnesota cultivates crop of the future

BTN LiveBIG: Best of … Indiana

A trailblazing African-American basketball player who grew up in the segregated South. A virtuoso musician who contributed several tunes to the Great American Songbook. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who changed the way war correspondents work, and died on the frontlines doing it. An author who wrote one of the most popular series of novels for young people in history. Walt Bellamy, Hoagy Carmichael, Ernie Pyle and Suzanne Collins might have led substantially different lives, but they’ve got two things in common: They made a huge mark on their respective fields, and they graduated from Indiana University. Hoosiers continue to make

BTN LiveBIG: Buckeye grad takes her studies across the pond

Alexis Crockett is a born Buckeye, in every sense. A native of Macedonia, Ohio, Crockett’s parents met at Ohio State, two of her aunts attended the university, and the family loved taking in college football Saturdays in Columbus. So when it came time for Crockett to select a university, the decision couldn’t have been easier. “I actually only applied to Ohio State,” she explained. “Even going into high school, that was the only school on my radar. I just grew up in a Buckeye family. We watched football on Saturday and basketball in the spring. It was always my plan

BTN LiveBIG: Purdue Space Day aims to inspire astronauts of tomorrow

Every fall, hundreds of elementary and middle school students flock to West Lafayette, Ind., for a fun-filled day of launching water rockets, experimenting with mini Mars rovers and learning about what lies beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Purdue Space Day (PSD) originated in November 1996. At that event, Boilermaker alumnus astronauts Greg Harbaugh and Don Williams spoke to the approximately 150 students in attendance in an effort to spread their love for space exploration to the next generation. Twenty years later, the goal is the same, but the event has lifted off to another level. Last year more than 250 student volunteers

BTN LiveBIG: Rutgers grad's road to a degree paved with perseverance

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. The phrase, first ascribed to British writer William Edward Hickson in the 19th century, is one we’re all familiar with. But few of us truly live and breathe it the way Letitia Jones has. After graduating from Rahway High School in New Jersey, Jones wanted to attend college. However, she didn’t have the financial means to pursue higher education at the time. Instead, she moved out of her house and worked three different jobs, splitting time at a daycare center, a beauty-supply store and a tollbooth on the Garden State Parkway.

BTN LiveBIG: Best of … Iowa

The University of Iowa is a groundbreaking institution. In 1855 — before the American Civil War — it enacted a policy of admitting male and female students on an equal basis, the first public university in the United States to do so. And this university is still a positive force for change, in many cases well beyond Iowa City. From its first-class creative writing program to its international engineering efforts, the Hawkeyes are affecting the world in many powerful ways. Here are a few of our favorite LiveBIG stories that show how Iowa enables education, innovation and altruism: Iowa organization

BTN LiveBIG: A summer reading list with a Big Ten twist

For many people, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. And that means finding a few books that provide a combination of mental diversion and stimulation during those long, hot, idle days. If you’re still looking for some titles to add to your list, LiveBIG has a few suggestions from authors who have a connection to the Big Ten Conference and represent its ideals of excellence and ingenuity in their work.   It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War Afghanistan. The Congo. Iraq. Photojournalist and Wisconsin alumna Lynsey Addario photographed these and other global hotspots. Now,

BTN LiveBIG: Best of ... Michigan State

As the conference champions in both football and men’s basketball, the Spartans unquestionably had a ‘B1G’ year. But that’s even more true when you look off the field or court. Time magazine named Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha of MSU’s College of Human Medicine as one of its 100 Most Influential People for 2016 because of her critical work in testing the lead-tainted water supply in Flint, Mich. And Terrie Taylor, a Michigan State professor and medical doctor, continued to make breakthroughs on the front lines of the global war on malaria. Here’s a look at some of the best LiveBIG stories on Michigan

BTN LiveBIG: Illini app gives kids something to chew over

The only thing more difficult than getting kids to make healthy dietary choices is holding their attention in a classroom. The new “Food for Thought” app, a project developed at the University of Illinois, might help children do both. Emma Mercier, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at Illinois, designed “Food for Thought” with a team of researchers. The technology aims to help kids make more environmentally friendly decisions with what they eat, as well as provide a window into how today’s youth analyze data. “Over the course of nine months, we really tried to look at what would be