Big Orange Big Ideas News

What’s Your Big Idea?—Reigniting Public Service

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Tom Brokaw, NBC anchor and author, shared his big idea for keeping the U.S. workforce competitive through public service academies at land grant universities created through public/private partnerships. His idea aims to reinvigorate public service across the country and bring people together in a time of deep political divisions. Brokaw headlined the Baker Distinguished Lecture Series hosted by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Printing Home Goods

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Ryann Aoukar, associate professor in the interior design program, uses a 3D printer to develop functional prototypes of his designs. This eliminates manufacturing middlemen and potential problems with production.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Getting Social Across the Nation

Karen Freberg, alumna of the College of Communication and Information and assistant professor at the University of Louisville, has the big idea to launch a social media competition for students on a national scale.

What’s Your Big Idea? Dinosaurs!

Big Orange Big IdeasJefferson Chapman, director of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, talks about a really big idea—the addition of a “big,” 2,400-pound, twenty-four-foot-long bronze skeleton of an Edmontosaurus annectens, a hadrosaur (or duck-billed) dinosaur to the museum.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Garden Party

Kathy Kidd and Kathryn Humber at UT’s Early Learning Center talk about the big idea of having the children and staff grow much of their own food in an effort to eat healthier. They want the school’s new kitchen garden to be a model for the community and a training ground for early childhood educators on gardening with young children and families.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Tackling Adult Illiteracy

Eighteen percent of the adult population in the US lacks a high school credential. Many go back to school to earn their General Educational Development credential, better known as the GED. Yet, half of those who teach GED programs say they don’t feel prepared to provide reading instruction. Steve McCallum, department head in education psychology and counseling, worked with professors Sherry Bell and Mary Zeigler to develop a test to assess instructors’ knowledge base. Better teachers could mean more GEDs.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Pandora for Your Taste Buds

How cool would it be for food to taste exactly how you want it to? Andrew Foust, alumnus of the College of Communication and Information and digital business director at McCormick Spices, has the big idea of creating a mechanism to personalize spices.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Collaborative Learning

What does a classroom look like with no “front”? Stop by the Humanities and Social Sciences Building to find out. Bill Dunne, chair of the classroom upgrade subcommittee and associate dean of the College of Engineering, had the big idea of renovating classrooms to foster student-centric learning.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Making Ideas a Reality

Imagine a place where you get to convert ideas into tangible and functional prototypes. Professor Lee Martin in the Department of Industrial and Information Engineering had the big idea to start the Ideation Lab, or iLab, with his colleague, Professor Xueping Li.