Scientech Program Calendar


7/23/2018 --- Repurposing the Naval Armory

Speaker: John Watson Janet McNeal and Jason Simons --- John Watson, Engineer and Contractor, President of the Indianapolis Classical Schools. Jason Simons, Director of Development, Indianapolis Classical Schools Janet McNeal, Head of Schools, Indianapolis Classical Schools. educator (Email: (Sponsored By: Peggy Sabens Gerald Keener (member))

Indianapolis Classical Schools is in the final stages of preserving the historic Heslar Naval Armony into the permanent home of the Riverside High School, the 2nd campus for the nationally regarded Herron high School

7/30/2018 --- An Overview of the Latest Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Physics, and Medicine

Speaker: Dick Carter, Alan Schmidt, Tom Lauer --- (Email: All club members - see roster) (Sponsored By: Jim Willson)

Back by popular request, this program provides a discussion of the most recent Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Physics, and Medicine. The presenters are all Scientech members who are respected experts in their respective fields.

8/6/2018 --- Women in Engineering

Speaker: Terri Talbert-Hatch, Ed.D --- Associate Dean for Recruitment, Retention and Student Service, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI Ed.D. Indiana University (Email: (Sponsored By: Joe Abella)

Dr. Talbert-Hatch will describe the challenges and progress of recruiting women to pursue engineering and technology academic disciplines. The Scientech Foundation supports POWER (Promoting Outstanding Women for Engineering Roles) a summer resident camp at IUPUI for high school females who are considering pursuing an engineering degree. POWER is managed by Dr. Talbert-Hatch.

8/7/2018 --- Board meeting

8/13/2018 --- Why We Sleep

Speaker: William Dick --- Club Historian Scientech Club (Email: (Sponsored By: William Dick)

Sleep is necessary for good health. Elaborate brain processing is made while we are asleep. One only needs to learn what happens with sleep deprivation to understand how important adequate sleep is.

8/20/2018 --- Ice age in Indiana exhibit

Speaker: Susannah Koerbor --- Chief curator and research officer Indiana State Museum (Email: (Sponsored By: Steve springer)

The Indiana State Museum has a new exhibit which explores how this area was affected by the last ice age, addressing flora, fauna, and geology.

8/27/2018 --- Life Under Japanese Occupation

Speaker: Gonz Chua --- Gonz Chua, MD Scientech Member (Email: (Sponsored By: Gonz Chua)

The Talk will be life of Filipinos and Chinese who were conquered by the Forces of Japanese Empire in 1941 to 1945.

9/3/2018 --- Labor Day-No Meeting

9/10/2018 --- Hearing loss and cochlear implant treatment

Speaker: Dr Ben Copeland MD --- Dr Copeland is a practicing otorhinolaryngologist in Indianapolis who specializes in cochlear implant treatment of deafness. (Sponsored By: David Bash)

Dr Copeland will describe the magnitude of hearing loss and its treatment with cochlear implant technology

9/11/2018 --- Board meeting

9/17/2018 --- Production of Nuclear Medicines

Speaker: John Zehner --- Dr of Pharmacy, specializing in Nuclear Pharmacy (Sponsored By: Steve Springer)

Attributes and uses of nuclear medicines. Uses for diagnosis and treatment. How they are produced and distributed to the radiologist and hospitals.

9/24/2018 --- Genetically Modified Plants: Marvel or Malady

Speaker: Peter Goldsbrough --- Peter Goldsbrough has been a professor of plant biology at Purdue University for more than 30 years. During his time at Purdue GMOs have developed from a scientific breakthrough to an im- portant tool for crop improvement. He has taught an undergraduate class on agricultural biotechnology for more than 20 years. (Email: (Sponsored By: Karen Bumb)

Genetically modified organisms have been one of the most controversial topics in food and agriculture over the last twenty years. This presentation will discuss how GMOs are made and used, compare these methods to others that are used to develop new varieties, and present the case for why these and other new methods of genetic modification are important for the future.

10/1/2018 --- Aquatic Habitat: What Is It And Why Does It Matter?

Speaker: Thomas Lauer --- PhD Purdue University George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Biology Emeritus - Ball State University (Email: (Sponsored By: Thomas Lauer)

A brief explanation of "Habitat" will be followed by an empirical evaluation of fish in Eagle Creek Reservoir. This study demonstrated that specific habitats are required for individual species. Moreover, the results of this study can be easily applied to all habitat types and organisms in our environment. The study is but one of many studies that show how fragile, yet important, our natural world can be.

10/2/2018 --- Board meeting

10/8/2018 --- Postcards of World War I

Speaker: Chuck Hazelrigg --- Dr. Chuck Hazelrigg, R.Ph.,D.D.S. is a graduate of Butler University in pharmacy and pediatric dentistry. He collects vintage Indiana postcards of small towns, drug stores, sanitariums, asylums and even prisons. He presented a Scientech talk in 2014 about the history of Hook's Drug Stores. (Email: (Sponsored By: Robert Yee)

What started as a hobby in collecting World War I postcards, has now escalated to a collection of nearly 200 postcards of the first World War...most are German. This is a power point presentation of numerous postcards, which Chuck has placed in the following groups: battlegrounds; wounded soldiers; prisoners of war; weapons; civilians & children; cemeteries; foods; and the start & end of the war. In the past year or so, a different WW I postcard was brought to my attention from my source in Germany. It is a hand-drawn watercolor picture on a postcard by a military person, illustrating a cartoon or cariture of the war. These are rare and difficult to find. Every picture in this presentation is a postcard and many are RPPC (Real Photo Post Cards). In 1907, Kodak enabled customers to make postcards from the pictures they took. The Federal legislation permitted senders to include a message on the back of the postcard. This provided a massive photo history throughout the world.

10/15/2018 --- On the Track of Shackleton-A trip to Antarctica

Speaker: Lou Stanley --- (Email: (Sponsored By: Bill Stanley)

Join the Stanleys on a trip to Antarctica. We’ll follow the track of Shackleton and Nordenskjold from South Georgia to the Weddell Sea and Elephant Island and back, explore some of the more scenic areas and wild life on the continent, and consider some of the recent changes resulting from global warming.

10/20/2018 --- 100th Anniversary Dinner (at Woodstock Club), Speaker: Ray Boomhower

10/22/2018 --- Medical Aid in Dying

Speaker: Rebecca Thoman, M.D. --- Rebecca Thoman received her M.D. from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. She currently manages Doctors for Dignity, an initiative of Compassion and Choices. Dr. Thoman has worked in health care policy for 20 years (Email: rthoman@compassionand (Sponsored By: Dr. Alan D. Schmidt)

Seven states and the District of Columbia currently authorize medical aid in dying for terminally ill patients. This talk will summarize the clinical criteria, provide data,and discuss the ethical arguments with regard to this topic.

10/29/2018 --- starting and building an internet based bank, or a mouse that survived and thrived in an elephant herd

Speaker: David Becker --- BA Depauw University, current Trustee, founder and CEO of The First Internet Bank of Indiana that opened for business in 1999. (Email: (Sponsored By: Jerry Williams)

David Becker opened The First Internet Bank in 1999, after a successful career in the high tech field. The bank opened at the peek of the "dot com" bubble, survived its crash and attracted deposit customers from all 50 states with its attractive deposit rates and efficient operations. It has grown rapidly over the past few years with assets today in excess of $3 Billion.

11/5/2018 --- Veterans Day Salute

Speaker: New Horizons Swing Band --- Dr. Roy Ernst of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York started the New Horizons Bands about 25 years ago. The aim was to expand music-making opportunities and mental stimulation with social integration for seniors. New Horizons music groups have now been organized both throughout our land and internationally. Though most band members are over 50 years of age, with some into their 90’s, there are no age restrictions. Participation is encouraged for members of any degree of musical expertise, from beginners to professionals. Sam Rhinesmith, retired North Central High School Department Chair and Director of Bands, along with Warner Paige, President of Paige’s Music, started the New Horizons Band of Indianapolis in 1994. The present director is John Marshall, retired Chairman of the Performing Arts Department and Head Band Director of Pike High School. Al Spangler, the conductor of our Swing Band, is retired director of the Speedway High School Band. The New Horizons Swing Band consists of about 20 musicians of the 60-member New Horizons Band who have a special interest in jazz performance. This group performs about a dozen times a year for community festivals, church sponsored activities, retirement facilities, and service organizations. (Sponsored By: George McCord)

The New Horizons Swing Band is pleased to again offer a program of patriotic service songs and popular “Big Band” era music commemorating Veterans Day for the Scientech Club of Indianapolis.

11/6/2018 --- Board meeting

11/12/2018 --- Ageing with Grace

Speaker: Laura A.. Karcher --- Laura A. Karcher, M.A., CCC-SLP, CBIS Indiana University Speech and Hearing Sciences Clinical Professor and Speech-Language Clinic Director (Email: (Sponsored By: Malcolm Mallette)

Between 2015 and 2030, the number of people in the world aged 60 years or over is expected to increase by 56 percent, and by 2050, the global population of older persons is projected to reach nearly 2.1 billion. This session will discuss the joys and challenges of the aging process with an emphasis on communication and cognition. We will explore whether or not we can affect the trajectory of aging and discuss strategies to help lessen the impact of disease in order to “age with grace.”

11/19/2018 --- The cat lover's parasite. A Review of Toxoplamosis “Toxoplasma: The Cat Lover’s Parasite”

Speaker: Bill Sullivan, Ph.D. --- Showalter Professor Pharmacology & Toxicology Microbiology & Immunology Indiana University School of Medicine (Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

For the 35 minute talk, Dr. Sullivan will cover the biology (life cycle, transmission) of the Toxoplasma gondii parasite and its clinical relevance. He then will give a brief overview of his research project aimed at eradicating the parasitic cysts in the body that are currently untreatable.

11/26/2018 --- (TBA)

12/3/2018 --- The Incredible Story Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Speaker: Richard Gunderman, MD PhD --- Richard Gunderman, MD PhD Chancellor's Professor Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Philanthropy and Medical Humanities and Health Studies Indiana University 702 North Barnhill Drive, Room 1053 Indianapolis, Indiana 46202 317 948 6307 (Email: (Sponsored By: Gerry Kurlander)

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, one of the most recognizable novels in the English language and one that raises profound questions about the role of science and technology in the betterment of human life. Shelley's own story is at least as remarkable as her novel.

12/4/2018 --- Board Meeting

12/10/2018 --- Obesity

Speaker: David Allison --- Vassar College B.A. Hofstra University, M.A. Hofstra University, Ph.D.Clinical and School Psychology Dean of the School of Public Health, Indiana University (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

Rigorous science for understanding obesity, nutrition,aging and longevity.

12/17/2018 --- Targeting PRL2 in T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Speaker: Yan Liu, Ph.D. --- Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology St. Baldrick’s Foundation Scholar Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research Department of Pediatrics (Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

ALL is a major cause of cancer related death in children. We have found that an enzyme called PRL2 is elevated in human T-ALL cells. Inhibiting PRL2 activity kills these cancer cells. We predict that inhibiting PRL2 in T-ALL will be a new target in this disease.

12/24/2018 --- Christmas Eve-No Meeting

12/31/2018 --- No Meeting-New Years Eve

1/7/2019 --- Challenges of Health Care in rural America

Speaker: Elvin Plank --- President/CEO of Indiana Health Centers Inc. (Email: (Sponsored By: Don Mink)

What are the social determinates of health? What health insurance options do rural people have and how does that impact their access to primary care, prenatal care and behavioral health care? Why have so many rural hospitals closed since 2010 and why are many of them in danger of closing in the coming years? What is the impact on rural communities when they experience hospital closures?

1/8/2019 --- Board Meeting

1/14/2019 --- Benford's Law helps identify fraudsters

Speaker: Greg Wright --- Certified Fraud Examiner & Certified Financial Planner. Greg investigates white-collar crimes for a national private investigator, local CPAs, and lawyers. (Email: (Sponsored By: Greg Wright)

There are no straight lines in nature; however, man thinks in straight lines. When embezzlers invent numbers to falsify accounting data, Benford's Law helps identify the fraud. The presentation will include using Benford's Law on a Madoff's investment fund, Tim Durham, the Iranian 2009 election, and the Marion County Jail Cash Disbursements account.

1/21/2019 --- Write Now, Right Now!

Speaker: Alicia Rasley --- Writing Advisor, University of Maryland. Managing Editor and Partner, Midummer Books Consultants (Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

For the first time ever, it's easy and inexpensive for people with unique experiences and knowledge to collect those into a book and publish it for sale to the billions of readers with access to the internet. Alicia Rasley, a veteran writer and editor with books at traditional NYC print publishers and now an Amazon Kindle bestseller, will explain the new publishing opportunities that could allow you to share your wisdom with those who could learn from you.

2/5/2019 --- Board Meeting

3/5/2019 --- (TBA)