Latest LiveBIG: Iowa News

BTN LiveBIG: Iowa, Buddy Lazier team up to see impact

Today is Iowa Day on BTN, and this special report detailing the personal decision of Buddy Lazier to raise awareness for a unique cause in this year’s Indianapolis 500 will air at 10 AM and 10 PM.

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BTN LiveBIG: Project SEALED brightening smiles in Iowa

In the spring of 2012, Iowa provost P. Barry Butler announced a strategic plan under the pillar, “Better Futures for Iowans.” The initiative invited proposals for how to delegate funding for the project. Faculty and staff submitted 28 applications, of which 13 were selected.

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa student helping kids Experience The Game

“How do people afford going to games?”

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BTN LiveBIG: First Person Friday with Tracey Bianchi

Reverend Tracey (Truhlar) Bianchi graduated from Iowa (1995) with a BA in History and Political Science. She serves on pastoral staff at Christ Church of Oak Brook (a Chicago area congregation of 3000+). She’s the author of several books and numerous articles. You can find her at traceybianchi.com

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa mobile museum on the move

Dan Reed grew up in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, a small town on the Missouri border. The rural region did not exactly boast museums full of history and research. However, in the midst of the space race, Reed got his scientific education when a group from NASA rolled up with modern technology.

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BTN LiveBIG: Innovation, opportunity at AutonomyWorks

What do you get when you match major marketing power to social cause efforts to increase employment opportunities for adults on the autism spectrum? You get AutonomyWorks, winner of the 2013 Chicago Innovation Awards.

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BTN LiveBIG: Hawkeye helping Iowa City stay healthy

John Heineman is excited about the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic’s new logo. “It’s a new face to the clinic,” he explains. Heineman is not a new face at the clinic. In 2004, as a University of Iowa sophomore, Heineman volunteered to do basic paperwork.

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa doing sky-high research

The Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL) at the University of Iowa does flight test research, pilot performance assessment and pilot training systems research and design. The OPL is directed by Tom Schnell, associate professor in Mechanical and industrial Engineering, who is a commercial pilot and a flight instructor.

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BTN LiveBIG: 'Jeopardy!' champion giving back

For Sarah McNitt, a student advisor at the University of Iowa, the remarkable joy that came from winning five days in a row on Jeopardy! was mitigated by the fact that her mother passed away just one month before she appeared on the show.

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa premiere

Following this afternoon’s wrestling match against Minnesota, learn how the University of Iowa is developing more effective, cost-efficient flight training for the US military, and meet an inspiring student in the UI REACH program.

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BTN LiveBIG: Chad Greenway helping families

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway knows about playing thru pain. The former Iowa Hawkeye has been playing with a fractured wrist during the 2013 NFL season, but he has remained the heartbeat of the Vikings’ defense.

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa soccer sharing Gems of Hope

In 2004, a nine-year-old girl named Tory accompanied her mother, Shiela, to the hospital while she received treatment for breast cancer. Tory wrote notes of encouragement and drew pictures for her mother that made an enormous impact on Shiela’s daily battle with the disease.

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BTN LiveBIG: Kirk and Mary Ferentz making an impact

As Iowa prepares to face Nebraska this weekend, Kirk Ferentz will be extra focused on the important rivalry game. Representing the University of Iowa well, on and off the field, is something Ferentz stresses with all of his players, and it’s something he practices as much as he preaches.

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa leading research to make roads safer

Road construction is an unfortunate headache many people deal with during their daily commute. Now, research being done by the University of Iowa is working to make these projects more effective, and save the government millions of dollars.

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa's focus on youth & health of newborns

BTN’s new series, BTN LiveBIG, continues Wednesday following the Purdue at Iowa men’s basketball game, with stories about programs that emphasize the importance of screening newborns for life-threatening conditions, and an advanced driving-simulator facility to help reduce car crashes. The episode will air at 11:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

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