Scientech Program Calendar


9/25/2017 --- Inspiring the next generation; revolutionizing STEM education

Speaker: Greg McCauley --- Executive Director/CEO Link Observatory Space Science Institute; In the early 1970ís, Greg worked for NASA at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston Texas in Mission Planning and Analysis for the Apollo Program. Greg was involved in Apollo 15 and 16, was a member of the Lunar Launch Team for Apollo 17, and held a NASA Top Secret clearance. (Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

STEM education is falling behind in Indiana. Link Observatory Space Science Institute has created and implemented revolutionizing programs in STEM education that are currently being used in Indiana classrooms. A generous grant from the Scientech Foundation has helped middle and high school students become inspired and engaged in STEM education through a focus on NASA missions, astronomy, and space exploration. Hear how your donation is changing STEM education in Indiana and inspiring future generations to pursue STEM courses of study.

10/2/2017 --- Drone integration into industry

Speaker: Jim Love --- Light Robotics Manager, Becks Hybrids (Email: (Sponsored By: Jim Love)

A brief overview of drone industry and how they are being put to use in survey, agriculture and observation services. The speaker will present a live demo -- both indoor of basic functions and an additional outdoor autonomous demo.

10/3/2017 --- Board meeting

10/9/2017 --- Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft and Fraud

Speaker: Greg Wright --- Greg Wright Certified Fruad Examiner MBA, CFE, CFP, CLU, ChFC More on his web site: (Email: (Sponsored By: David Knoll)

An insurance agent stole 3,000 Identities of Hamilton County residents. Greg tracked this fraudster from youth, to the fraud, to discovery, to prison and his post-prison life. Greg interviewed the fraudster while in prison, after his release from prison, his victims, the law enforcement officers that tracked him down, and his former wife. From this case study and the latest information, learn how to protect you and your business from financial identity theft and the latest - synthetic identity theft.

10/16/2017 --- Hidden Gems of Indiana

Speaker: Suzanne Rollins Stanis --- Director of Heritage Education and Information (previous talks about Indiana landmarks) (Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

Indiana Landmarks uses insider knowledge to highlight historic places worth a visit, from the quirky to the sublime: small towns, neighborhoods, restaurants, shops, parks, cemeteries, scenic drives, museums -- you get the idea. Join Suzanne Stanis for a look at Indiana's favorite hidden gems from the shell-covered St. Anne Chapel at St. Mary-of-the-Woods in Terre Haute, to Evansville's 9 Ĺ foot tall Vulcan statue.

10/21/2017 --- ANNUAL DINNER - at Woodland Country Club

10/23/2017 --- The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918

Speaker: Dorothy Pratt, PhD. --- PhD. University of Notre Dame Multiple positions the University of Notre Dame and the University of South Carolina. (Email: (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

Between January of 1918 and December of 1920 the greatest natural disaster of recorded time took place. Estimates suggest that 50-100 million people died, about 3-6% of the world's population. This is the story of that pandemic.

10/30/2017 --- New Directions for Alzheimers Disease Research, Drug Discovery, and Treatment

Speaker: Dr. Bruce Lamb --- PhD. Roberts Family Chair in Alzheimer's Disease Research Executive Director, Stark Neurosciences Research Institute Indiana University School of Medicine (Email: (Sponsored By: Kendall Crook)

Dr. Lamb will provide an overview of the current status of Alzheimer's Disease research, with a focus on new directions for drug discovery and development.

11/6/2017 --- Popular WWII era music along with patriotic and military service songs

Speaker: New Horizons Swing Band --- New Horizons Band of Indianapolis (Sponsored By: George McCord, MD)

The New Horizons Swing Band is pleased to again offer a program of popular WWII era music along with patriotic and military service songs for the Scientech Club of Indianapolis meeting, preferably 6 November 2017 preceding Veterans Day. Dr. Roy Ernst at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York started the New Horizons initiative about 25 years ago. The aim was to develop local music groups to expand music-making opportunities for seniors as well as fostering social integration and mental stimulation. New Horizons music groups are now found both nationally and internationally. The groups are not limited to bands, but also include orchestras, choruses, and other music groups. Though most members are over 50 years of age, some into their 90ís, qualifying age restrictions have generally been dropped. 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, with Warner Paige, President of Paigeís 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. Assistant director and conductor of the Swing Band is Al Spangler, retired director of the Speedway High School Band. The New Horizons Swing Band consists of about 20 musicians from the 60-member general band who have a special interest in the jazz band genre. This group performs about a dozen times a year for community festivals, church sponsored activities, retirement facilities, and service organizations.

11/7/2017 --- Board meeting

11/13/2017 --- TOUR--- Tour of the Rolls-Royce/Allison Heritage Museum
(Sponsored By: Jim Bettner)

11/20/2017 --- Over 40 years of American history as seen thru lens of a camera

Speaker: Bob Daugherty --- Retired AP photographer whose 'beat' for over 40 years was the White House. He became familiar with the various presidents, their families, the Secret Service etc. from the late 60's till about 2010. I believe he graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University. (Email: unknown) (Sponsored By: Jim Dashiell MD)

Bob was a familiar face in and about the White House, on Air Force one, covered 37 Kentucky derbies, has taken pictures of Sadat, Menachem Beghin, Camp David, and has many behind the scenes photos of memorable American historical moments.

11/27/2017 --- (TBA)

12/4/2017 --- The Athlete's Heart

Speaker: Michael Emery, M.D. --- Medical Director, Center for Cardiovascular Care in Athletics, Indiana University Health. (Email: (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

The speaker will provide an in depth talk on heart disease and screening in athletes and cardiopulmonary exercise testing.

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

2/6/2018 --- Board meeting

3/6/2018 --- Board meeting

4/3/2018 --- Board meeting

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