When most people imagine high-tech, interruptive startups, a grain silo isn’t the first image that comes to mind.
When it comes to the Big Ten, summer is less about kicking back on the beach and more about giving back. Athletes, coaches and alums from schools like Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue and Rutgers often spend the summer teaching youth campers how to replicate the skills they’ve learned over the years. In other cases, Big Ten schools let their work off the field make the difference as they teach kids to hone their conflict resolution skills or go to work in communities wracked by crime and income inequality. For these men and women, living BIG expands on the concept of teamwork and creates an
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Were it not for a sportswriter in the Chicago Daily Tribune, Northwestern’s athletic teams might still be known as “The Purple.” Writing in 1924, Wallace Abbey said of Northwestern’s football team: “Football players had not come down from Evanston; wildcats would be a name better suited to [Coach Glenn] Thistletwaite’s boys.” Since then the Wildcats have taken that same expansive enthusiasm and applied it to endeavors both on and off the field. A founding member of the Big 10 conference, Northwestern’s reach extends as far away as Qatar, where it runs a journalism and communications school. It has put an emphasis
Sitting in the shadow of our nation’s capital, the University of Maryland shines as a beacon of scholarship and innovation inside the beltway and out. Since its earliest years as the first agricultural research university in the U.S., the Terps have long been forerunners in the fields of entrepreneurship and sustainability. Today, the school is home to one of the largest public university research parks (M Square) and a groundbreaking Office of Sustainability that has become a pacesetter for eco-consciousness at the university level. Home to six Nobel laureates (four faculty and two alumni), the school has a diverse pool of alums
“I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear …” – Walt Whitman The “varied carols” described by Whitman in his immortal poem remind us of an important truth about our country, one that’s inscribed on the Great Seal of the United States: E Pluribus Unum. From the many, one. Whitman’s writing was in praise of the great multitude of people who worked in many different ways to build the strong nation that endures to this day. This Fourth of July, LiveBIG celebrates a song of America not unlike Whitman’s, but with a focus on how the universities of the
Imagine discovering the impossible: Something so significant it affects the course of scientific thought dating back to Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. Astrophysicist Dr. Frederic Rasio knows that feeling. For the past 20 years, Rasio, the Joseph Cummings professor of physics at Northwestern University, has been using computational modeling to understand the life-cycle of globular clusters. His research into these dense star clusters touches on X-ray astronomy and radio pulsar astronomy. To understand the scope of this work, it’s helpful to get a sense of the size and age of the astronomical objects he studies. Globular clusters are ancient and dense
During the 1950s, millions of American children got caught up in the Davy Crockett craze. Driven by the iconic Disney series starring Fess Parker, American cities and towns were soon crawling with kids sporting coonskin caps and toting long, toy rifles. Though most other children outgrew that trend, Paul Andrew Hutton never really did. “I just got hooked on everything about Davy Crockett and then the West,” Hutton said. “I read everything about it that I could as a kid.” Over the next several decades, he turned that passion into a career filled with accolades and achievements. He wrote and
Paul Magelli is a man of many titles. Currently the visiting professor of economics, emeritus, at the University of Illinois, he’s also been in several other roles: senior director of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the university’s College of Business, founder of the student-run Illinois Business Consulting organization, and goat farmer. This August, the octogenarian is hoping to add another title to the list: oldest person to ever summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Still, as he’s told his students, “Titles aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.” Even if he doesn’t make it to the very
At Purdue University, the sky is hardly the limit. The school, colloquially known as “Astronaut U,” is regarded as one of the top institutions globally for future stars in aerospace engineering, aviation and space exploration. It’s also one of the best universities for computer science, education and entrepreneurship. Below, we’re featuring some of the brightest recent LiveBIG stories to come out of West Lafayette. Boiler up! Purdue Space Day aims to inspire astronauts of tomorrow Boiler up, up and away at the Hangar of the Future Purdue partners with second graders on space science project Kids get hands-on with