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IU South Bend Offers Clinical Laboratory Sciences Degree

Posted on: March 9th, 2017 by

Beginning in the fall semester, Indiana University South Bend will be offering a Clinical Laboratory Science degree program for students who want a career in diagnostic laboratory medicine.

“There is a shortage of medical laboratory professionals here and across the country,” said Ian Clift, Ph.D., Program Director in Division of Health Sciences at the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences at IU South Bend and the director of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program. “Our goal is to address this shortage by being a source for medical laboratory professionals who excel in the 21st century health care environment.”

Starting salaries for medical laboratory professionals range from $40 -50,000 per year and the average salary for the professional population in this field is $76,000 per year, according to national surveys.  Graduates of the program will be prepared to take a national certifying exam in Medical Laboratory Science administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification, which is the most common certification required for entry into the clinical laboratory profession.  Areas of employment covered by the exam are laboratory chemistry, hematology, blood banking, urinalysis, immunodiagnostics, and microbiology.

Courses will include a specific focus on hospital based diagnostic testing and practices.  These courses include introductions to clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunodiagnostics, blood banking, and urinalysis.  The students will also be required to complete a series of competency requirements at regional laboratory organizations.

The program will be housed in the newly renovated Riverside Hall at IU South Bend which features an 820 square foot teaching laboratory and associated cell culture room.  The lab will be equipped with semi-automated instrumentation used for diagnostic testing as well as benches for performing laboratory diagnostic training.

Students working in this facility will not only get hands on laboratory experience, but also be exposed to real-world interdisciplinary health care.  Riverside Hall will also be the home to the new IU South Bend Health and Wellness Center, a pharmacy, and exam rooms operated by HealthLinc, a federally qualified health center.  The Riverside Hall renovation was made possible by a gift from the Vera Z. Dwyer Charitable Trust.

Students interested in the Clinical Laboratory Science program should contact Dr. Clift at icclift@iusb.edu/.

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Social Work Director Published in Indiana Bicentennial Poetry Book

Posted on: September 9th, 2016 by

Carol Massat, professor and director of the Social Work program at IU South Bend, was selected to have a poem included in Mapping the Muse: A Bicentennial Look at Indiana Poetry, a book celebrating Indiana’s 200 years by showcasing poetry by Indiana’s poet laureates.

Each county in Indiana is represented with a poem, and Massat’s poem, “Royer Lake, LaGrange County Indiana” was chosen for LaGrange County. Massat has rich historical ties to the state. Her ancestors were among the earliest settlers in northern Indiana, and include a state senator in the early and mid-1800s and one of the first doctors in Elkhart County.

“With my deep roots in the Hoosier state, I am proud to be represented in this ‘birthday book’ written to honor the first 200 years of Indiana history,” said Massat.

 Although Massat’s field is now in social work, she has an extensive writing background: her first undergraduate degree was in creative writing, and she has had poems published occasionally since she was a student. Her knock for poetry combined with her abiding interest in Indiana state history is what led her to submit a poem for entry in Brick Street Poetry’s Indiana bicentennial project.

I was surprised and delighted to be selected. I received a call from the library telling me that my poem not only had been selected but was already published, and they had a copy of the book waiting for me at the library. I jumped in my car post haste and happily received my copy,” explained Massat.

In addition to Massat’s poetry, she has also had works in the field of social work published, including her edited book School Social Work: Practice, Policy and Research, now in the eighth edition, numerous peer reviewed journal publications, book reviews and monographs, and even a series of children’s books written with her friend Ruth Siburt about being in foster care. She formerly served as the editor of a national journal, School Work Work Journal, for ten years.

“For fun, I have also co-authored with Jane Owens a mystery novel, The Genesis of Murder, which is yet to be submitted to a publisher. One of its mysteries is when I will send it out,” said Massat.

Massat’s selected poem can be read in full below:


Royer Lake, Lagrange County, Indiana

Carol Massat

Published in Mapping the Muse: A Bicentennial Look at Indiana Poetry, Brick Street Poetry, Zionsville, IN


It is September.

Three deer step out into the lake each day,

Browsing and quiet in the still waters, morning and evening.

Boats pause and stop and watch until, with a flick of the tail,

each deer leaps into the darkened woods.


On the other side of the lake,

In the third cottage, a woman wears scarves and fights breast cancer.

At the end of the road, a mother hugs her 32-year-old daughter who can speak only with This language of the body: smiles, hugs, laughter, tears, a muteness louder than the deer

On the other side of the lake.


On the Gulf, hurricanes and prayers fill the skies,

But here it is September. The deer pace the shallows.

A blue heron pauses and then flies to the other side of the lake.

Within the waters, life rises to the surface and dives deep again

On the underside of the lake.


The sun rises over the waters.

The Milky Way emerges in the sacred night.

In the deepest darkness

There is light.



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Research Shows 300 Year Lifespan for Greenland Sharks

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by
sanna and shark

Photo courtesy of Julius Nielsen

Research findings on Greenland sharks from IU South Bend Professor of Physiology Peter Bushnell and his colleagues have been published in the prestigious Science journal. The latest findings show the sharks to be at least 300 years old making them the longest-lived vertebras on earth. Bushnell has been part of a project studying Greenland sharks since 2011.

Due to their habitat deep in the frigid waters of the Artic and North Atlantic Oceans, the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) species is notoriously elusive to study and their lifespan has previously been tentatively estimated until now. The species, which can reach 21 feet and 2000 pounds, lives an average of 272 years, reaching sexual maturity at approximately 150 years. Some sharks may even live beyond 400 years.

Bushnell and team’s paper “Eye lens radiocarbon reveals centuries of longevity in Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus)” provides in-depth evidence of the Greenland sharks’ lifespan.

Read the paper in its entirety here.

Greenland Shark1

Photo courtesy of Julius Nielsen

The longevity study is just one of many since the start of the Greenland Shark project in 2012. Other studies include satellite tracking to measure migratory behavior and conditions, such as where the sharks swim, how deep, and the water temperature, the metabolic rate, skeletal and heart muscle properties, and the blood oxygen-binding properties of Greenland sharks.

“There are a variety of different avenues we are pursuing in an effort to elucidate their fundamental biology,” explained Bushnell.

Photo courtesy of Julius Nielsen

Photo courtesy of Julius Nielsen

The Greenland shark project was spearheaded by Bushnell and John Steffensen of Copenhagen University, with funding from various sources, including National Geographic, Save Our Seas Foundation, and the Danish Research Council. Learn more about the Greenland Shark project.

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Matz Named Police Chief at IU South Bend

Posted on: August 11th, 2016 by
Kurt Matz

Kurt Matz, newly appointed Chief of the Indiana University Police Department at IU South Bend.

Indiana University South Bend Chancellor Terry L. Allison and Interim Superintendent of Public Safety Bob True are pleased to announce the appointment of Kurt Matz as Chief of the Indiana University Police Department at IU South Bend.

Matz is an IU alumnus and most recently served as a lieutenant and patrol division commander for the Munster Police Department, where he has worked since 1983.

“Chief Matz comes to IU South Bend with solid law enforcement experience,” Allison said. “His approachable manner will contribute to community engagement efforts, where the police, campus, and community work together to continue to make IU South Bend a safe place to study and work.”

Matz will be responsible for 12 full-time IUPD-South Bend officers and additional staff.  He will provide leadership, direction and oversight for all campus enforcement functions.  He will serve on various university, local and state law enforcement committees and act as liaison between the campus department and local municipal agencies and courts, while continuing to build partnerships with other jurisdictions.

“I am looking forward to working with the community at Indiana University South Bend.  Everyone I have met throughout the selection process has been friendly and welcoming,” Matz said.  “I’ve met several officers and staff at the police department and I am impressed with their professionalism.  My wife and I are excited about becoming a part of the IU community.”

Matz earned a Master of Public Affairs, with a focus on law enforcement, from IU in 1993. His undergraduate degree is from Saint Xavier University. During his career, he has attended numerous management-level courses in law enforcement.

Matz begins his duties on September 1.

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Volleyball Team Honored with Academic Award

Posted on: August 5th, 2016 by

The IU South Bend Titans women’s volleyball team received the Team Academic Award (AVCA) from the American Volleyball Coaches Association for their academic achievements during the 2015/16 season.

According to the AVCA, “this award honors teams who have matched their dedication to the sport of volleyball with excellence in the classroom.”

Led by head coach Jamie Ashmore, the IU South Bend women’s volleyball team finished the 2015 season with an overall record of 15-20, and 9-10 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). In addition to receiving the AVCA Team Academic Award, five players also earned spots on the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) All-Academic team during the season: senior Emily Kozinski, juniors Emily Nix and Jenny Stahl, and sophomores Ashley McClintock and Ali Ritchie. View a recap of the season.

For more information about the women’s volleyball team and their upcoming season, please visit www.iusbtitans.com.

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