staff, February 17, 2013

BTN?s new series " BTN LiveBIG" continues Friday following the Michigan at Ohio State men?s hockey game, with stories about a Michigan program focused on preventing auto accidents while improving roadside safety and a mentoring program designed to increase participation of inner-city youth in STEM education. The episode will air at 9 p.m. ET on Friday.

Viewers will get a look at how Michigan?s International Center for Automotive Medicine (ICAM) is focusing on improving all aspects of roadside safety. By 2020, road safety will be the second-largest public health problem in the world. Michigan?s Stewart C. Wang and his team created ICAM in 2010 with a mission to better understand, treat and prevent auto accidents and injuries. By analyzing real life car crashes with a group of medical experts, trauma surgeons, crash investigators and paramedics, the team is working toward preventing deaths associated with car accidents.

The episode will also include a look at the Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ), a program where Michigan engineering students and faculty provide technical training and mentoring for Detroit students, to help build careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). With Detroit?s high rate of unemployment, MEZ tries to inspire and encourage inner-city students to learn and grow within the STEM industries. Also, viewers will learn about Michigan?s Solar Car Team, an entirely student-run organization that designs and builds solar electric vehicles, and a celebrity basketball game hosted by former Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards which supports Michigan?s Medical Research Institute.