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After a long and distinguished career, the last five years of which have found him serving as dean of the Dwyer College of Health Sciences, Dr. Thomas Fisher is retiring.  He earned his B.S. in occupational therapy from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1977, and he obtained further degrees from Purdue and the University of Kentucky, then embarked on a teaching career that included many years at the…

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Dr. Jesús García-Martínez will be the new dean of the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences at IU South Bend.   Most recently the associate dean for research and professor of clinical health sciences for the Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University, Dr. García-Martínez has an extensive career in higher education focused on strategic planning, development of new academic and research programs, and attracting diverse populations of…

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Indiana University South Bend will offer two STEM focused workshops this month for students and teachers, thanks to a grant from the LIFT Network and the South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership.  The STEM Summer Academy, offered in partnership with the South Bend Community School Corporation, will introduce rising 7th and 8th grade students to careers in computer science, informatics, and interactive media arts. Students are invited to learn computational thinking and…

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Scott Spite (right), shown with mentor Douglas McMillen, now associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. When Chancellor Susan Elrod recently stopped by a local Walgreens for a Covid-19 booster shot, she struck up a lively conversation with the pharmacist. She was impressed by his demeanor and pleased to hear that IU South Bend was his alma mater.  This was not the first time that Dr. Scott Spite had casually befriended…

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2022’s cohort of new honorees for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST) numbers just 117, with only two coming from Indiana. IU South Bend alumna Sara Hoover, who teaches at Beiger Elementary in Mishawaka, is one of them. A lifelong Mishawaka resident, Hoover works in the same school district she once attended as a child. At IU South Bend, she studied elementary education and teaching,…

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