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BTN LiveBIG: Penn State grad finds his roots through photography

When Jeremy Dennis came to Happy Valley about two years ago, he was hoping to expand his horizons. Already a graduate of Stony Brook University, New York, he applied for the master of fine arts in photography program at Penn State. Dennis travelled to University Park for an interview with Lonnie Graham, a professor of studio art at Penn State, totally unaware that Graham and the university would help propel his photography and artwork into a grand project titled “On This Site.” “I came to Penn State to interview with him [Graham] before I applied,” Dennis said. “He reviewed my

BTN LiveBIG: The 'B1G' Picture

One of the most fun parts of LiveBIG is the pictures we get to see — and share — with the stories we tell. When the subject matter ranges from supernovas to woolly mammoths, the imagery can get pretty interesting. Over the years, we’ve shared many of our favorites on the LiveBIG Instagram account. Here are some of the recent highlights: An Inspiring Team Captain The Hawkeyes find motivation on gamedays from their “Kid Captains,” young patients at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital who get to take the field with the team. Behind the Scenes Northwestern alum and legendary Hollywood producer Ira Deutchman was recently named as

BTN LiveBIG: Michigan State professor shares 'his Paris' with the world

If someone asked you about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of inspirational art in Paris, your mind would probably turn to some grand, well-known example. The Mona Lisa, perhaps, or one of the many other paintings or sculptures in the Louvre. Or maybe you’d conjure up a mental image of an architectural masterpiece like the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame Cathedral. The last place you might think to look is among the trinkets and decorations in a regular Parisian apartment. But photographer and Michigan State professor Peter Glendinning did look there, and that’s a big

BTN LiveBIG: At Wisconsin, innovation is in the 'eye' of the beholder

Throughout history, the natural world has inspired important scientific breakthroughs. For example, the Wright brothers incorporated the concepts of lift and drag into airplane designs after they observed how birds in flight tilted their wings back and forth. At the University of Wisconsin, another pair borrowed from Mother Nature to develop a significant advancement in photographic technology. Their inspiration? The sophisticated eye structure of mammals. The University of Wisconsin’s Zhenqiang “Jack” Ma and research scientist Jung-Hun Seo recently created the thinnest and most flexible phototransistor yet made. They based this innovative technology on the way our eyes organically process images.

BTN LiveBIG: Every picture tells a story

One of the ways great stories come to life is through interesting photos. And we regularly come across some captivating shots in our search for remarkable stories about students, faculty and alumni throughout the Big Ten. We include many of these pictures with the articles we publish, and we also curate some of the best ones on the BTN LiveBIG Instagram profile. Here are a few of our recent favorites: Walkin’ It Out in Iowa Thanh Tien Nguyen (Class of 2018) models an ensemble representing East Asian fashion at the University of Iowa’s annual Walk It Out fashion show, held

BTN LiveBIG: Iowa alumna, artist helps people see the world differently

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. Taylor Yocom has gone global. The young artist and recent University of Iowa grad has fans from all across the world, thanks to her series of black and white close-up photographs called “Guarded.” “I always wanted my art to empower,” she said. “Just today, I got an e-mail from a woman in South America who told me that my idea is being