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BTN LiveBIG: Best of … Michigan

Including the phrase “the leaders and best” in your school’s fight song is a pretty bold move. But when it comes to Michigan, it’s not just idle boasting. From its winged helmets to “The Big House,” from Fielding Yost’s “Point a Minute” football teams to Tom Brady and Charles Woodson, the university’s athletics have always stood out. And Michigan excels in many other areas, too — auto engineering, alternative energy and adaptive technologies, to name a few. These LiveBIG stories demonstrate how Michigan continues to be among the “leaders and best” in many important respects: For Michigan professor, computer science

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: Spartans, Wolverines forge a brighter future for Flint

In the weeks following the revelation last fall that the water supply of Flint, Mich., contained lead, the University of Michigan and Michigan State communities made herculean contributions in dealing with the initial public health crisis. Now, members of both institutions are turning their attention to finding lasting solutions for residents of the city. Marty Kaufman, chair of the Earth and Resource Science Department at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus, is one of those people. He headed up a research project through the university’s Geographic Information Center that identified and mapped out the locations of lead pipes in Flint, working

BTN LiveBIG: Thanks to UM and MSU, Flint finds hope amid crisis

Last fall, most people in the state of Michigan were closely following two storylines: the Spartans football team’s run for the Big Ten crown, and new Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh’s restoration of that program to glory. But football wasn’t the most important thing on the mind of Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. Following a trail of anecdotal leads and previous research reports, Hanna-Attisha and her colleagues launched an intense investigation into the rate of lead poisoning among the children of Flint, Mich. “We did our research in two weeks,”

BTN LiveBIG: City of Flint gets help from its 'home teams'

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. The news spread like wildfire — ironic, given that the issue concerned water. The recent discovery of alarming levels of lead in the water supply of Flint, Mich., quickly captured the attention of the entire country. And in the city itself, which has been dealt one misfortune after another over the past several decades, this public health crisis sparked feelings of anger,