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BTN LiveBIG: Northwestern professor heads east in service of science

Today, Evanston. Tomorrow, the world. Mark Hersam, a materials science and engineering expert and longtime Northwestern professor, was recently appointed by the U.S. Department of State to a team of five U.S. Science Envoys. The people appointed to these exclusive posts develop partnerships, generate scientific collaboration and foster mutually beneficial relationships between the United States and other nations — things that fit well with Hersam’s own professional philosophy. “In my career to date, I have strived to expedite the transition of fundamental research to societal benefits through education, entrepreneurism and commercialization,” Hersam said. “I believe that these experiences can be applied

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. Consequently, Reuters’ most recent list of the 100 Most Innovative Universities in the World includes 11 B1G schools, including three in the top 10. According to Reuters, the institutes on the list “most reliably produce original research, create useful technology, and have the greatest economic impact.” Here’s where the Big Ten universities placed in the rankings: 5. University of Michigan Bringing together