Latest LiveBIG: Purdue News

BTN LiveBIG: Purdue, Whirlpool partner to ReNEWW

A group of Purdue University researchers, in conjunction with appliance manufacturing giant Whirlpool Corp., are taking up a three-year challenge transforming a 1920s home in West Lafayette, Ind., into an ultra energy-efficient, net-zero residence. The house will be retrofitted to generate as much energy as it consumes over a year.

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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: Entrepreneurship teams compete at Purdue

And the Academy goes to…Breeze ++!

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BTN LiveBIG: Purdue's Rube Goldberg wins award

How did Rube Goldberg’s name become synonymous with overcomplicated machines that do simple tasks? Because he made cartoon fun of complicated machines. He was so successful at his drawings that a hundred years after his birth, Purdue University decided to harness the obsession Americans have with his absurdly complex machines and founded a competition for people to design machines like Goldberg drew.

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BTN LiveBIG: Purdue grad changing the game for girls

One in four girls will be the victim of a crime of violence before she graduates high school, according to the Center for Disease Control. For girls in the worst neighborhoods of Chicago, they make up a disproportionately high part of that terrible statistic.

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BTN LiveBIG: Firefighter raising autism awareness

Last October, Purdue University firefighter and paramedic Blair Blanch attended a program led by Bill Cannata of the Autism Law Enforcement Education Coalition (ALEC). For Blanch, the session was not just any old lecture. Blanch’s son, Nicholas, who will turn six years old this June, has autism.

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BTN LiveBIG: Water for Good helping Africa

It is one of the world’s poorest countries, and it sits in the middle of a crisis that sees attacks on entire villages, forcing people to flee with little or nothing from their homes when armed militants arrive at their doorstep. Human rights watchers estimate that a million people are displaced from their homes; that represents almost one fourth of the entire population of the Central African Republic.

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BTN LiveBIG: Purdue Day of Giving granting opportunity

Purdue does not usually devote a full day to school pride and fundraising. But when it does, it prefers a spectacle.

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BTN LiveBIG: An out of this world reunion at Purdue

Purdue University graduates have walked on the moon, worked in the Mir Space Station, and flown the Shuttle. They also have contributed many others who work at NASA or in the burgeoning private space programs.  And eight of the Purdue astronauts came back on campus to talk about their careers and experiences.

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BTN LiveBIG: John Wooden's Legacy of Leadership

As the Final Four captivates America’s collective attention this weekend, one name will once again come to the forefront of college basketball: John Wooden.

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BTN LiveBIG: The Challenge to combat cancer at Purdue

On April 12, the Purdue community will hit the roads of West Lafayette to raise money for research that will someday help find effective cures and treatments for cancer.

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BTN LiveBIG: Purdue serving orphans in Haiti

Purdue Athletic Chaplain Marty Dittmar worked to build and open an orphanage northeast of Mirebalais, Haiti. Built entirely by volunteers, the Purdue community has contributed considerable time, effort, and money to making the Ephraim Orphan Project a reality. The orphanage opened its doors about 9 months ago. LiveBIG sat down with Chaplain Dittmar to get an update.

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BTN LiveBIG: Art brings Carroll back to Purdue

Next Saturday at halftime, Joe Barry Carroll’s work on the basketball court will be honored by the Boilermakers as they play host to rival Indiana. His work off the court – as an artist – has recently taken center stage on campus.

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BTN LiveBIG: Purdue premiere

Tonight, the 2014 LiveBIG season continues with the Purdue episode premiere, after the Boilermakers take on the Fighting Illini in Big Ten men’s hoops action.

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BTN LiveBIG: Mike Alstott giving back

Though he hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2006, Purdue-grad Mike Alstott is one of the most beloved players in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history.

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BTN LiveBIG: Nick Hardwick helping military families

At the start of the 2013 NFL season, Dollar Shave Club announced a season-long initiative to promote its new male hygiene product, “One Wipe Charlies,” that broke from the football-advertising norm of featuring popular quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers in ads.

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BTN LiveBIG: Matt Light leading by example

Matt Light had a pretty good year in 2001. He was drafted out of Purdue by the New England Patriots in the second round of the NFL Draft (48th overall) and went to work on a team that was supposedly rebuilding.

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BTN LiveBig: On Purdue's innovations, volunteer efforts

BTN’s new series “BTN LiveBIG” continues Monday with stories highlighting how the Boilermaker community is making an impact in West Lafayette and around the world by developing electric vehicles to conserve resources, building basic utility vehicles for use in developing countries, and by partnering with organizations that help give at-risk teens a better life. The program will air at 10 p.m. ET on Monday.

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