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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: Scoring 'B1G' in innovation rankings

The universities of the Big Ten Conference are known for being trailblazers in higher education, but their achievements aren’t limited to the lecture hall. They also fund a vast array of research and are home to groundbreaking entrepreneurial centers.

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BTN LiveBIG: Living 'B1G' in 2015

When we say the students, faculty and staff, and alumni of the universities of the Big Ten Conference “live big,” we aren’t overstating our case. Last year, we reported stories that took our readers from exotic locales like Sri Lanka and Uganda to galaxies far, far away. Whether it’s on-campus or in outer space, the Big Ten community is innovating, inspiring and improving.

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BTN LiveBIG: Another Maryland b-ball team makes a statement on the hardcourt

This season, the highly ranked Maryland Terrapins men’s and women’s basketball teams are generating a lot of excitement in College Park and beyond. But there’s another basketball program out of Maryland that’s making a big impact, even though it isn’t ranked and doesn’t have thousands of spectators.

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BTN LiveBIG: Maryland grad strikes chord with marriage of modern and classical

Going to the symphony is generally thought of as a stuffy affair, characterized by formal wear, silences only occasionally interrupted by hushed comments, and mobile devices in “off” mode. But what if you went to a classical music concert and found many in the audience wearing jeans, openly commenting on wine-and-cheese pairings, and taking selfies?

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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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