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BTN LiveBIG: Black history and the Big Ten

The histories of African-Americans and the universities of the Big Ten have intertwined for decades, centuries even. And they continue to move forward together, blazing new trails in areas ranging from the social sciences to social equality.

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BTN LiveBIG: Nebraska, Maryland historians uncover fascinating details of American slavery

The human experience of slavery in the United States was recently and memorably captured in the Oscar-winning Best Film “12 Years a Slave,” adapted from the 1853 novel of the same name by Solomon Northup. But while Northup’s long fight to reclaim his freedom after a ruthless kidnapping was an undeniably compelling story, it wasn’t representative of the typical struggle of African-Americans who sought to break the bonds of slavery.

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BTN LiveBIG: Nebraska engineers achieve breakthrough in brain trauma research

Even though the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan haven’t definitively ended, the aftereffects are already being felt as thousands of soldiers return home with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) caused by improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. The U.S. Department of Defense reports that TBIs, described as “the signature injury” of those wars, have afflicted some 320,000 veterans since 2000.

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