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Step back in time at South Bend's birthday bash

May 22, 2015 Categories: Our Stories

As Posted in the South Bend Tribune: Thursday, May 21, 2015 5:00 am | Updated: 7:54 am, Thu May 21, 2015.

SOUTH BEND — Area residents will get a virtual look at old-time South Bend during the city’s 150th birthday bash this weekend.

Those who attend the festival will get their first glimpse at a 3-D-printed tabletop model of South Bend’s downtown from the late 1920s. It’s a streetscape of Main Street, including such long-vanished landmarks as the Oliver Hotel, old City Hall and the original Odd Fellows Building. They’ll be able to try out an app that provides historical details and “then and now” photos of those properties.

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ND team boosts sleep success

May 19, 2015 Categories: Our Stories

By Gene Stowe

A team of Notre Dame entrepreneurs has developed a sleep-enhancing kit and app designed to boost college students’ healthy rest, memory, learning, and mental health. The approach is based on the research of Professor Jessica Payne, director of the Sleep Stress and Memory Lab and a leader in the field. Matt Berg, who received his undergraduate degree in 2012 and graduated from ESTEEM in 2013, and junior Ryan Gannett work with Payne. Their company, Somni, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for kit manufacturing and app development. Read More

Reversing the brain drain in Michiana

May 18, 2015 Categories: Our Stories


Kevin O'Keeffe will graduate today with a master's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a world of opportunity ahead of him.

And he's not even leaving South Bend.

The 25-year-old — a native of Ireland who came to Notre Dame for the university's Engineering, Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master's, or ESTEEM, program — is staying in town to help run SlipStream Projects. The young company's niche is in developing better technologies for emergency power, such as a new device to jumpstart heavy-truck engines.

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