Latest LiveBIG: Illinois News

BTN LiveBIG: 6 Big Ten students and alums flying high after receiving aviation awards

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.

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BTN LiveBIG: Resource supporting cancer patients

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.

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BTN LiveBIG: Illinois, NU create self-charging heart

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.

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BTN LiveBIG: Evans Scholarships driving education home

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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BTN LiveBIG: B1G social influence rated nationally

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.

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BTN LiveBIG: Share A Solution Stories

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.

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BTN LiveBIG: Illinois premiere

Tonight the University of Illinois episode kicks off the 2014 LiveBIG season after Coach John Groce’s Fighting Illini take on the Wisconsin Badgers. In the episode you’ll learn more about astronaut Mike Hopkins, who was once the captain of the Illinois football team, and the largest supercomputer in the world (aka “Blue Waters”).

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BTN LiveBIG: Orange Krush impacting local organizations

In John Groce’s first year at the helm of the Illini men’s basketball program, his team relied on the deep threat. And that mindset — 280 made three-point field goals — helped the Illini reach the second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time since 2011.

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