Latest LiveBIG: Illinois News

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 professor impacting on aircraft safety

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.

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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: Illini 4000 riding cross country to beat cancer

“I never thought I would do this ride, but it’s something I had to be a part of.”

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BTN LiveBIG: Illini students inspiring girls to succeed

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.

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BTN LiveBIG: Ebertfest celebrates cinema at Illinois

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.

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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 women leading on water

Despite strong data and economic proof which demonstrates that everyone benefits when young women are educated and given leadership opportunities, in many countries and even within sections of the United States, women are left out of the leadership equation.

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BTN LiveBIG: Illinois' paralympic champions

For a handful of universities across the country, an iconic athletic program is intertwined with its institution’s identity — to the point that many instinctively associate school and sport.

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BTN LiveBIG: Illinois student wins prestigious award

Amanda Rowland defines the word selfless.

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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: Roger Powell Jr. making a difference

Roger Powell Jr. capped off his collegiate career in style at the Final Four.

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BTN LiveBIG: Tim Brasic leading Illini off the field

In the coming weeks, students on every campus in the Big Ten Conference will return home for the holidays. The idea of returning home, whether it’s at the end of the calendar year or the conclusion of a student’s collegiate career, is one that often brings mixed emotions.

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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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BTN LiveBIG: Nancy Brinker running to beat cancer

Nancy Brinker, a member of the University of Illinois’ Class of 1968, has defined LiveB1G for more than 30 years.

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BTN LiveBIG: Exploring Illinois' innovative research

BTN’s new series, BTN LiveBIG, continues Thursday with stories highlighting how the Illini community is making an impact in Champaign and around the world including research of flexible and transient electronics to help researchers monitor people and the environment more closely.

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