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BTN LiveBIG: Michigan alumna begins exciting new chapter of life

When Roberta Rubin came to the University of Michigan, she had every intention of studying to become a physical therapist. But her experiences in Ann Arbor set her on a very different academic and career path. It began with a class she took on the works of Shakespeare. The Bard’s plays and poems inspired a deep lifelong passion for literature and books, and she’s since spent her life trying to spread that passion to as many other people as possible. Most recently, she’s been working hard to get the American Writers Museum off the ground as co-chair of its board

BTN LiveBIG: Penn State museum brings science down to earth

In Happy Valley, you don’t have to be a kid to play in the sandbox. This spring, Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery debuted a new augmented-reality sandbox as part of an exhibit about topographical maps. Visitors shape the sand any way they want to inside the box. Then Xbox Kinect sensors relay information about the changes in elevation within the box to a computer that projects a topographical map onto the sand. “You can make rivers and valleys and mountains, and it will project it,” said Julianne Snider, the museum’s assistant director for