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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. 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

BTN LiveBIG: Iowa's cell bank is a national research asset

The University of Iowa’s Biology Building East Annex sits right in the heart of downtown Iowa City. It has a fairly sleek, contemporary design that contrasts somewhat with the mostly older buildings around it, but otherwise doesn’t stand out all that much. Most of the students, shoppers, businesspeople and civic leaders who regularly walk past it probably have no idea that it houses what’s been dubbed the University of Iowa’s “best-kept secret” — the Developmental Studies Hybridoma Bank (DSHB), the largest nonprofit cell bank of its kind in the world. “The DSHB is a unique model,” said Dr. David Soll,