It’s a genre of music invented by former African slaves and their descendants just a few decades after emancipation. Though novel, the rhythms and melodies were the result of a fusion between the native musical forms they brought over from their home continent and instrumentation they encountered in their new country. As it evolved and grew more popular, it became an emblem of national pride, unity and ingenuity.
Since 1999, film buffs of all kinds have gathered annually in spring at the historic Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Ill., for Roger Ebert’s Film Festival — otherwise known as Ebertfest. This year’s event, which concludes today, has involved hundreds of University of Illinois students and faculty.
For nearly 70 years now, the Fulbright Program has given scholarships, international exposure and professional opportunities to some of the brightest minds among university students and faculty the world over.
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Spring Break has slowed down activities on many university campuses recently, but members of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium (BTCRC), an organization that unites the cancer centers and medical schools of all the universities in the conference, haven’t slowed down in their fight against this destructive disease.
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.
Every Big Ten school has produced leaders who have reached the pinnacle of their professions, whether business, government, science and technology, medicine or education. High Profile takes a look at how these alums rose to the top of their field.
Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section.
A novel idea from a pair of former University of Illinois students led to a small business that could potentially revolutionize wheelchair manufacturing — which, historically, is not exactly the most dynamic industry.
Big Ten universities have a reputation for innovation. The conference’s status as a leader in this area was recently affirmed by Aviation Week magazine, a provider of global news and information for the aerospace and defense industries, which selected six students from five Big Ten schools for its “Twenty20s” awards.
You’ve probably never even heard of him, but chances are, Charlie Catlett has helped make your life easier and more livable.
As we sit down with family and friends to enjoy Thanksgiving, there are many among us who aren’t getting enough to eat.
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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and new research from a University of Illinois medical team could redefine the role of estrogen in the development of this deadly disease.
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When he’s not helping the New Orleans Saints stay in the playoff hunt, former University of Illinois running back Pierre Thomas is working hard off the gridiron to fight childhood obesity.
Food waste is a growing issue across the country. About 31 percent of all food produced in the United States is never eaten, according to the USDA. Nevertheless, one in six Americans still has difficulty finding enough to eat.
Dr. Drew Sullivan knows what it means to be excited about being part of something special at the University of Illinois.
When former University of Illinois engineering student Mallory Casperson was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, she got high-quality medical care. Today, she’s three years cancer-free. She gave credit to her oncologists and others who helped her overcome the disease, while noting that they didn’t provide as much emotional support as she expected. Not that they had to — after all, that’s not their job.
If you’ve ever white-knuckled it through turbulence at 30,000 feet or trembled at the thought of a near-collision with another airplane, take comfort knowing that some of the world’s most innovative engineers are working diligently to make flying safer.
The human heart is one of the most incredible natural phenomena in existence. The ways in which it powers various functions of the human body is one of the great wonders of life. Yonggang Huang and John Rogers, professors at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, respectively, have spent much of their careers studying this amazing organ.
The Evans Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards available in the United States, and it has an influence over its scholars for not only the time they are in college but the years that follow. But the influence goes beyond the financial aid it provides the college students.
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Recently, Coldlime analysed how the top 100 U.S. universities (as ranked by Forbes) are using Twitter, utilizing Moz’s Social Authority, and the Big Ten was very well represented. Six Big Ten universities were included in Forbes’ top 100, and four of them were among Coldlime’s top 14 overall.
“I never thought I would do this ride, but it’s something I had to be a part of.”
It has been an extremely busy year for University of Illinois engineering students, Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves, co-founders of a startup toy company called Miss Possible.
HAL 9000 is not real. Despite its fame from 2001: a Space Odyssey, the Arthur C. Clarke novel-turned-Stanley Kubrick film (both in 1968), the talking sentient computer that could interact with astronauts in space never actually existed.
BTN LiveBIG Share a Solution looks to engage student journalists to investigate and report on how people from their schools are creating credible responses to social problems. It taps into the growing field of solutions journalism, reporting that include examples of what people are doing to solve problems, highlighting not just news of their success, but details on how or why the approach is working.