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BTN LiveBIG: NU professor effects social change by shaking up the traditional education model

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. In some respects, higher education has changed a great deal during the past few decades. For instance, women make up the majority of today’s college students, degrees can now be earned online, and there are more academic majors than ever before. But the foundation of a university education hasn’t transformed much since, say, a century ago. “You go to class, you read

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. Since that date, Jerry the Bear has been brought to market and is already helping more than 200 kids. With its $5,000 prize, the group launched Design for America, a nationwide network of interdisciplinary student teams and community members using design to create local and social impact. “Design for America has grown into a network of college students across the country,”