staff, January 7, 2013

"BTN LiveB1G - Indiana" debuts at 9 p.m. ET tonight following the Indiana at Penn State men?s basketball game. The episode will include several stories that showcase the impact of people and programs at Indiana.

For example: Caring for the needs of veterans has been at the forefront of a partnership between Indiana?s School of Medicine and the Robert L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis.  Dr. Kurt Kroenke and his team work with veterans to explore innovative approaches to combat chronic pain, with the goal of creating a model that can help public and private hospital systems around the country.

Also, Indiana offers students a competition to create a business plan focused on Internet and software technologies through the B.E.S.T. program - Building Entrepreneurs in Software and Technology - which is one of the largest student-based entrepreneurial competitions in the country. Students work together to submit business plans focused on Internet and software technologies, and the first-place winner could earn at least $100,000. IU researchers extend their impact far beyond Bloomington through their work with HIV patients in Kenya.

More than 140,000 patients have been treated through a program called AMPATH, which has expanded to 60 sites throughout the country. Back in the U.S., television icon and IU alum Jane Pauley works with the nation?s most underprivileged children at a Harlem organization called The Children?s Health Fund.  And back home in Bloomington, IU alum Julio Alonso is working to end hunger through his work with the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.