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BTN LiveBIG: Rutgers student-run clinic cares for medically underserved in Newark

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. From an early age, Jaspreet Banga’s calling was clear: provide quality healthcare for those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to it. “When I was growing up, I saw a lot of health-care disparities, especially where my parents are from in India,” said Banga, a fourth-year medical student at Rutgers University. “I wanted to be able to grow up and make a difference

BTN LiveBIG: Iowa doing sky-high research

The Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL) at the University of Iowa does flight test research, pilot performance assessment and pilot training systems research and design. The OPL is directed by Tom Schnell, associate professor in Mechanical and industrial Engineering, who is a commercial pilot and a flight instructor. LiveBIG sat down with Schnell to discuss the program. How did the program start? Was there anything in place when you proposed the program? We started from Ground Zero. I had nothing other than a $100,000 startup package of funding. But I had no trouble getting the University to approve. The University of

BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

13,343,517.33 reasons to smile. Thank you to EVERYONE who helped make this possible! — PSU Dance Marathon (@THON) February 23, 2014 Congratulations to everyone at Penn State for making THON 2014 another remarkable event! Grapes developed at the University of Minnesota have created more than $400 million of economic impact and led to the creation more than 12,000 jobs. Students at Indiana University are providing free tax assistance to low-income, elderly, disabled and limited-English-speaking residents. The School of Civil Engineering at Purdue recently received a $15 million gift. A National Science Foundation Award was recently given to an assistant professor at the University

BTN LiveBIG: Spartans "360.24" project comes to life

During the Michigan State episode of LiveBIG, we featured a unique project titled “Spartans’ Will 360,” that told stories of MSU alumni making an impact all over the globe. Now, the next generation of the project will come to life as “360.24.” For 24 straight hours in November, hundreds of Spartans on six continents in 18 time zones captured their world through photos and videos. This collection of Spartan stories will be presented on BTN on Monday night. Here’s a preview:

BTN LiveBIG: THON weekend brings hope

THON Weekend is almost here! Starting tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 21, through Sunday, Feb. 23, thousands of Penn State students will commit to a 46-hour dance marathon known as THON. The event is held at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center each year in February, raising money “FTK” – For The Kids. In 2013, THON raised a record-breaking $12.37 million and was able to donate 96% of funds raised directly to the Four Diamonds Fund, which helps offset the cost of treatment that a family’s insurance won’t cover, as well as provide for other expenses that may affect the welfare of the child. Earlier

BTN LiveBIG: Big Ten leads in Peace Corp volunteering

Last week, the Peace Corps announced its 2013 rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. For the first time in eight years, the University of Wisconsin was on top of the rankings! Wisconsin was one of eight current (and one future) members of the Big Ten conference to rank among the top 25 volunteer-producing universities. Here’s how the rest of the Big Ten ranked on the Peace Corps list: 1. University of Wisconsin – 90 volunteers Follow the Wisconsin Peace Corps on Facebook at For more information about the Peace Corps at Wisconsin, visit their home page. Follow the Wisconsin

BTN LiveBIG: Introducing 'Share A Solution'

BTN LiveBIG has been an important part of BTN’s commitment to showcasing and supporting the best of each Big Ten university. BTN LiveBIG just finished its fourth season telling stories of students, staff, faculty, and alumni who are making a difference in the world through innovations in research, education and community service. This year’s stories included the University of Iowa’s Reach program, giving students, who may never have had college on their radar, the opportunity to attend a university, and Purdue University’s National Entrepreneurship Boot camp for Veterans with Disabilities, helping veteran’s follow their dreams of business ownership. Now, we’re