Scientech Program Calendar


11/27/2017 --- Touring Indiana

Speaker: Mark Newman --- He is the Executive Director of the Indiana Office of Tour Development. (Email: (Sponsored By: Joline Ohmart)

His talk is about the many tourist destinations in the state. Many of them are not well known, but very interesting. He has an excellent slide presentation.

12/4/2017 --- Planet number 9

Speaker: Greg McCauley --- Greg is the Executive Director, CEO, and principle lecturer for the Link Observatory (Email: (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

Is there a ninth planet in the solar system? Certain observed anomalies in the solar system suggest that there may be. Explore current thinking on this possibility.

12/5/2017 --- Board meeting

12/11/2017 --- The Changing Face of Skin Cancer

Speaker: Cecelia E. Schmalbach, MD, MS, FACS --- Professor of Otolaryngology-HNS Vice Chairman, Clinical Affairs, Otolaryngology-HNS Division Chief, Head & Neck-Microvascular Surgery Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine (Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

The talk will be touching upon epidemiology (to include tanning bed use), the health care burden, and changes in treatment (genetic targets, sentinel node mapping, and hedge hog inhibitors). It would focus specifically on head and neck cutaneous melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, merkel cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

12/18/2017 --- The Influence of Social Media on Hyper-Polarization and Incivility in the US

Speaker: Jeff Rasley --- Rasley is the Club's VP and board member of the Scientech Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Phi Beta Kappa; IU Law School, Law Review & Moot Court, and Christian Theological Seminary, co-valedictorian. (Email: (Sponsored By: Marty Meisenheimer)

The talk and power point will describe, using statistical survey results and expert testimony, the increasing polarization in US politics and culture and why it is harmful to democratic institutions and traditional values. The influence of social media on the trend of increasing incivility and "siloing" will be discussed. What can be done to try to reverse these trends will be explained in light of an experiment Rasley conducted in Facebook and research conducted for his tenth book, Polarization! The Case for Civility in the Time of Trump.

12/25/2017 --- Christmas-no meeting

1/1/2018 --- New Years Day-no meeting

1/2/2018 --- Board meeting

1/8/2018 --- The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Deep Learning and Blockchain Crypto-Ledgers

Speaker: Melanie Swan --- Melanie Swan is a Theorist of Emerging Technologies in the Philosophy Department at Purdue University. She is the author of the best-selling book /Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy/. Her educational background includes an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Philosophy from the New School in New York, and a BA in French and Economics from Georgetown University. She is a faculty member at Singularity University, and an invited contributor to the Edge's Annual Essay Question. Previous talks are available here: (Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

This talk provides an introduction and overview of two high-impact contemporary emerging technologies: big data and deep learning algorithms, and blockchain distributed ledgers, and discusses their implications for the future of artificial intelligence.

1/15/2018 --- Art and Neuroscience

Speaker: Shirley M. Mueller, MD --- Guest curator, Indianapolis Museum of Art. Her CV can be found at where her decorative arts papers are featured. She is board certified in Neurology & Psychiatry. (Email: (Sponsored By: Bonnie Carter)

Between 2002 and 2012, museum attendance dropped by 30%. Museums took notice. At the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, IN, we are attempting to reverse this trend by developing our gardens and art park—thereby bringing in new visitors through nature But, what of museums that don’t have the privilege of expanding as we do in Indianapolis? What are their options? Frankly, there are few. Among them, however, is the opportunity to make art more accessible and meaningful to visitors by relating it directly to them. This means that if a visitor can acquire neuropsychological insights at an exhibit that applies to and help them, they are more likely to come. This concept is the thrust of the proposed presentation using the exhibit, "Elegance from the East: New Insights into Old Porcelain," as the example.

1/22/2018 --- Vonnegut on the Planet

Speaker: Chris Lafave --- Chris Lafave is the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Curator. He began volunteering at the Vonnegut in 2011 at the grand opening, became Curator in 2012. (Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

Kurt Vonnegut had a way of looking at our earthly problems with a satirical eye, a biting sense of humor that could also be warm and forgiving, his father once criticized him for never writing a story with a villain in it. This is how Kurt managed to be the author of the quote "your planet's immune system is trying to get rid of you" while also writing "there's only one thing I know babies, you've got to be kind." Come join Vonnegut Library curator Chris Lafave for a discussion of satire on the human condition, especially in how in relates to today's environmental crises.

2/6/2018 --- Board meeting

2/19/2018 --- 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.

2/26/2018 --- Are There "OPTIONS" For Teens In Detention?

Speaker: Jill Meisenheimer --- Jill H. Meisenheimer, BS in Therapeutic Recreation from IU. Co-Founder and Coordinator of OPTIONS, a weekly program for teens in secure detention at the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center. (Email: (Sponsored By: Robert Yee)

For 23 years Jill has coordinated volunteers to lead OPTIONS for incarcerated teens in active learning, planning for the future and doing service projects. These teens are our kids, grandkids and our neighbors. What do they learn during OPTIONS? How do teens’ feelings change during an OPTIONS session? What have been consistent positive results through our 76 yoga classes? Through discussions, exercises and projects we encourage healthy relationships, positive communications and thoughtful decisions. Jill will describe OPTIONS' goals, rules and a typical session, and will display posters made by teens. She will talk about the IU & OPTIONS Project, lead Snowball exercises, share the Ripple Effect Experiment and our Think B4U Act card. We welcome volunteers and speakers.

3/5/2018 --- Intermodal Mystery: How Science Saved the Double-Stacked Train

Speaker: Jim Dillon --- Dr. Dillon is professor Emeritus of Indiana University and a Cardiologist. He has a BA degree from DePauw University He is also a Scientech member (Email: (Sponsored By: James C. Dillon)

From an article in Trains Magazine in July 2007 by David Ibata. The use of container from seagoing ships to trains and trucks will be reviewed. The container was introduced in 1961 to railroads and was to replace trucks on flatcars. The double stacked well cars were first introduced in 1988 and these were longer and heaver. Immediately accidents (derailments) began to happen on the Santa Fe & Union Pacific which threatened the future of this invention. Manpower, science and technology was brought to bear and solved the problem.

3/6/2018 --- Board meeting

4/3/2018 --- Board meeting

4/16/2018 --- Cut your cable? The whys, and the hows, and what you can do to replace some of the content.

Speaker: Bill Elliott --- Our member, Bill Elliott, told me all about how he and his wife 'cut the cord' to Comcast. It took several services to replace Comcast, and he explained each of their choices. This was during the bus ride home from Columbus, IN on our recent trip... (Sponsored By: Ken Pendleton)

Perhaps we could augment Bill's personal account (above) of the process with a speaker from Fry's??? We might ask at an upcoming meeting for people who have recently cut the cable to raise their hands, and select a few to add their comments. And, we could ask to see the hands of those who would like a program on this subject!

5/1/2018 --- Board meeting

5/21/2018 --- Jenny's Allure

Speaker: Ruth Ann Ingraham --- Scientech member, Published author: Swimming with Frogs: Life in the Brown County Hills - 2005 'Cap' Cornish, Indiana Pilot: Navigating the Century of Flight - 2014 Founder - Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society, 1993 (Email: (Sponsored By: Ruth Ann Ingraham)

This talk is biographical. My father, Clarence Cornish, became a pilot during World War I. He first soloed on May 27, 1918, at Park Field, Tennessee. I will give an overview of his role in aviation both regionally and nationally with a focus on his experience during the war to end all wars.

6/5/2018 --- Board meeting