The universities of the Big Ten Conference are known for being trailblazers in higher education, but their achievements aren’t limited to the lecture hall. They also fund a vast array of research and are home to groundbreaking entrepreneurial centers.
College basketball is in full swing, and in just a few weeks, we’ll be talking about seeds, bubbles and Cinderellas. But there’s another tournament that kicks off sooner: Student Startup Madness (SSM).
There’s an old Hollywood saying: “The trouble with movies as a business is that they’re an art; the trouble with movies as an art is that they’re a business.”
“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players,” as Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It. And some of those players have learning and cognitive differences that make it difficult to sit through things like, say, a Shakespeare play.
One thing that characterizes great journalists is the ability to get to the bottom of a problem. And for two former Northwestern University journalism students, their ability to do that led to more than just a great story. It prompted them to create a philanthropic organization that’s changing lives in one of the poorest countries on Earth.
Wildcats football is off to its best start in a few years. Northwestern’s team, which hosts Minnesota today, is undefeated, at the top of the Big Ten West division, and ranked 16th and 17th in the AP and Coaches Polls, respectively.
Even though it’s in Evanston, Ill., Northwestern University is strongly associated with Chicago. “The City” is located just south of campus, and the two have long been connected by history, culture and the “El” train.
In this day and age, the Internet regularly creates overnight sensations. Seemingly obscure, novel people and products can collect thousands of backers, customers and fans in a matter of hours if they attract the right kind of attention on sites like YouTube, Kickstarter, Twitter and Facebook.
The setup is like something from a James Bond movie: A mysterious visitor arrives in an African nation to conduct a major arms deal. But little do the local warlords know that he’s planning to thwart their violent ways with a clever scheme.
It’s been driving rapid job creation and an investment boom for a few years now in the Midwest. And experts say it has the potential to make the U.S. energy-independent within the next couple of decades.
Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums and faculty are taking to work.
Thanks to advances in treatment, HIV and AIDS don’t instill the same dread that they did in the 1980s and early 1990s, when those diseases were largely misunderstood and spreading rapidly.
Claims regarding the impending demise of newspapers aren’t taken lightly at Northwestern University, a school known for having one of the country’s top journalism programs. Students and faculty at NU are developing creative solutions that will revolutionize the ways we consume the news.
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.
One of the most heartbreaking things parents can experience is when one of their children goes through terrible physical pain and they can’t do anything about it. But a father-daughter research team with strong Northwestern ties may have found the key (and rhythm, and notes) to alleviating pain in young patients after they go through medical procedures.
“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.”
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 couple of weeks ago, basketball coaches across the Big Ten Conference made a fashion statement of sorts. They donned snazzy sneakers on the hardwood, even though many of them were wearing suits and ties, to take part in Coaches vs. Cancer, a nationwide campaign that annually draws public attention to advocacy and fundraising efforts around this severe disease.
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.