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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: Big Ten professors helping NASA look for life on other worlds

Coming out of the Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution of the 18th century, scholars understood two things their predecessors hadn’t known about the universe: It’s incredibly vast, and the Earth isn’t at the center of it. Together, these realizations started a new vein of inquiry in the sciences and beyond, one that boiled down to a single question — is there life out there?

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BTN LiveBIG: Terp team wins big at national urban design competition

Here’s the task: You have two weeks to create a master plan that will transform a site in downtown New Orleans into a culturally and economically thriving neighborhood. You must provide drawings, site plans, tables and financial analysis — all while working with team members from multiple disciplines and backgrounds to create the best possible presentation for an esteemed panel of judges.

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BTN LiveBIG: Maryland professor, students start movement to free imprisoned journalists worldwide

In the eyes of Dana Priest, longtime reporter for the Washington Post and journalism professor at the University of Maryland, endangered species aren’t limited to the animal kingdom. She believes journalists around the world are falling victim to predatory forces capable of causing their extinction, too.

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BTN LiveBIG: 6 Big Ten students and alums flying high after receiving aviation awards

Big Ten universities have a reputation for innovation. The conference’s status as a leader in this area was recently affirmed by Aviation Week magazine, a provider of global news and information for the aerospace and defense industries, which selected six students from five Big Ten schools for its “Twenty20s” awards.

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BTN LiveBIG: Maryland students turning leftovers into life savers

Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section.

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BTN LiveBIG: Maryland student help girls in Nigeria

When terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of school girls in Nigeria in May of this year, it made headlines around the world and sparked a grassroots social media campaign that centered around the Twitter hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. For University of Maryland student Jennifer Soba Pearse, the news hit close to home — figuratively and literally.

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BTN LiveBIG: B1G social influence rated nationally

Recently, Coldlime analysed how the top 100 U.S. universities (as ranked by Forbes) are using Twitter, utilizing Moz’s Social Authority, and the Big Ten was very well represented. Six Big Ten universities were included in Forbes’ top 100, and four of them were among Coldlime’s top 14 overall.

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