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.
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 a world full of chaos, chemistry researchers at Penn State are trying to create some order. In the process, they may have discovered one of the strongest materials in the world.
When Advait Kumar was growing up thousands of miles away in Kanpur, India, there was never any question of where he’d go to college. “My father went to Penn State in 1980,” he said. “My brother’s going there too. We call ourselves a Penn State family in India.”
The state of Florida has the third-highest number of low-income working families with children in the country, behind only California and Texas, and with the economic instability of the past few years, that statistic has grown steadily.
For better or worse, social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are an indelible feature of modern life. A research team of professors and students at Penn State’s College of Medicine is trying to create a tool that can help scientists determine how to prompt social media users to live a healthier lifestyle.
When Penn State football player Scott Shirley learned his father was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2003, he and his family soon learned that little could be done to treat this debilitating condition.
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.
Over the past 25 years, a relatively unheard of corporate department – Human Resources – has become a critical cog in the success or failure of a business or enterprise.
To go green, community leaders need fresh ideas. To make classes relevant, professors need connections to community leaders. To get jobs, sustainability-minded students want real-world experience.
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.
Millions of people suffer from types of cancer that require a bone marrow transplant. Although most people know about donating blood, many fewer know you can donate your bone marrow. Although relatives can be a good match, they aren’t always. So Be the Match, a nonprofit organization, focuses on getting people to get tested and then listed in the donor registry. People who are registered only donate when a match is found.
Penn State senior Denzel Middleton is recovering from THON, the annual student-run dance marathon. As an independent dance couple, he and his partner raised over $11,000 – a significant percentage of the $13.3 million raised this year.
THON Weekend is almost here!
For the past 37 years, Penn State University’s student body have pulled together the largest student-run fundraising effort, called THON. Many universities have dance marathons to support charities, but Penn State students blow it out at a scale that is unmatched. The student body has successfully raised more than $100 million for pediatric cancer patients and research. This year’s effort is expected to clear $12 million in donations.
How many times have educators told their students to “shoot for the moon?”
Tonight, the 2014 LiveBIG season continues with the Penn State episode premier after the Nittany Lions skate against the Golden Gophers from Minnesota in Big Ten hockey action.
At Penn State, the annual dance-a-thon (aka THON) is arguably the biggest campus event of the school year. As is the case at Indiana – who we featured earlier this fall – THON raises an enormous amount of money in support of pediatric cancer patients and the search for a cure. Last year, THON raised $12.37 million.
Recently, a former Penn State football player was inducted into a hall of fame in Ohio, but it had little to do with his athletic ability.
In late October, “Frontline” aired an alarming report titled “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria.” A couple weeks later, research being done at Penn State to combat this problem won an international competition.
After spending four years at Penn State, Gould wasn’t on anyone’s short list for the NFL Draft. He wasn’t drafted in 2005, but nine years later he ranks second in Chicago Bears’ history in scoring, is one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, and has been to a Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl.