Scientech Program Calendar


5/29/2017 --- Memorial Day-No Meeting

6/5/2017 --- The SnapLink - staying in touch with family in times of dementia

Speaker: Rahil Thanawala --- Rahil Thanawala is a student in Hamilton county who has created an app to make communication with Alzheimer's patients more fulfilling. He was inspired by his grandma who is also an Alzheimer’s patient. In his endeavor he is strongly supported by the Alzheimer's Association and the Eli Lilly Co,
(Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

TheSnapLink was founded by Rahil Thanawala and it has a range of products for Alzheimer patients to improve cognitive and memory skills. He was inspired by his grandma who is also an Alzheimer’s patient. Through games of picture matching on a smart phone or tablet using the free app, the ability of Alzheimer's sufferers to carry on conversation with family members is increased and feelings of isolation and loss are diminished.

6/6/2017 --- Board meeting

6/12/2017 --- Hands Only CPR with AED Instruction

Speaker: William C. Dillon, M.D. --- Dr. William Dillon is a practicing Interventional Cardiologist in Louisville Kentucky and the President of the Start the Heart Foundation in Louisville and has recently expanded to Indianapolis with the help of Steve Combs. The Foundation has taught over 25,000 people hands only CPR in the last three years. The program has been very successful in Louisville. Dr Dillon will skype from Louisville.
(Email: (Sponsored By: James C. Dillon)

There are a 1,000 cardiac arrests a day in our country and only 10% of victims survive. However, if a cardiac arrest victim receives CPR they have a 20-30% chance of surviving. The stats in Indy are as bad as the rest of the country. We are offering free hands only CPR classes and AED demonstrations starting in June and running until mid-July. These classes are short, only 35-40 minutes, and are at no cost to the recipient. We provide all of the materials to teach the classes and will have flexible scheduling. This is not a CPR certification class but hands only CPR is what is recommended for non-medical people.

6/19/2017 --- Bridge Accidents/ repair

Speaker: Michael Wenning, PE & Jeremy Hunter --- Bridge Accidents/Repair, Michael Wenning, PE is an engineer with GAI Consultants. Jeremy Hunter, PE is an engineer with Indiana Department of Highways. (Sponsored By: Victor Wenning)

Bridge problems/repair around Indianapolis and bridge problems/repair in general.

6/26/2017 --- "History: Yours and Ours"

Speaker: Jacqueline Nytes --- Chief Executive Officer Indianapolis Public Library
(Email: (Sponsored By: Daniel Yates

Her talk will cover two themes: (1) the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Central Library, and (2) a brief summary of the effort to digitally preserve the Scientech Club's Newsletter. This collection now includes 4,658 newsletters spanning 97 years.

7/3/2017 --- No Meeting-Independance Day Weekend

7/10/2017 --- FLY-OVER STATES ORIGINS; 1783-1848

(Email: (Sponsored By: MYSELF)

Transappalachia was obtained from the U.K. after the USA stole it at the negotiating table and back stabbed their French and Spanish allies. The French in Terre Haute and Vincennes helped. Louisiana was sold by Napoleon when he did not own it. The Napoleonic Wars helped the USA survive the 1812 invasion of Canada. Texas forced the Mexican War and the loss of 50% of Mexico. At the Peace table the whole country was up for grabs by the USA.

7/11/2017 --- Board meeting

7/17/2017 --- Discovering Humans

Speaker: John Langdon --- John Langdon is Professor of Biology and Anthropology at the University of Indianapolis, where he teaches human evolution, gross anatomy, and other subjects. He is the author or editor of five books. His latest, "The Science of Human Evolution: Getting it Right" (Springer, 2016) uses case studies to illustrate the power and limitations of the scientific methods in this discipline.
(Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

The scientific method offers a way to study the natural world objectively, but we approach research questions with biases influenced by our culture and our personal experiences. This problem is especially apparent in the study of human evolution, which bridges the social and natural sciences. I will describe how some discoveries, old and new, force us to confront our assumptions of what it means to be a human and present us with new perspectives.

7/24/2017 --- An overview of the Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Physics and Medicine

Speaker: Multiple --- (Sponsored By: Jim Willson)

Recent discoveries in medicine, chemistry and physics which have won the Nobel Prize.

7/31/2017 --- The potential of biopsy-free diagnosis: discovering vesicle biomarkers in plasma and urine

Speaker: Anton Iliuk, Ph.D. --- Chief Technology Officer Tymora Analytical Operations 3495 Kent Ave, Suite E400 West Lafayette, IN 47906 United States
(Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

Dr. Iliuk will speak about the new process to discover phosphoproteins in vesicles contained in plasma as an indicator for cancer which he and Dr. Weiguo Andy Tao PhD, Professor of Biochemistry, Purdue University have developed. The work appeared earlier this week in an online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Iliuk would like to speak in July.

8/1/2017 --- Board Meeting

8/7/2017 --- Inspiring the next generation; revolutionizing STEM education

Speaker: Greg McCauley --- Executive Director/CEO Link Observatory Space Science Institute; In the early 1970’s, 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.

8/14/2017 --- Understanding your Risk for Brittle Bones

Speaker: Emily K. Frank MD --- Board certified internal medicine physician and bone health specialist (one of only 50 in the USA) at the St.Vincent Women’s Center in Carmel, Ind. She earned her undergraduate degree with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. and received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Dr. Frank completed her internal medicine residency at St.Vincent Indianapolis. She is a member of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the International Society of Clinical Densitometry.
(Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

Seventy percent of people with osteoporosis are women. Men start with higher bone density and lose calcium at a slower rate than women, which is why their risk is lower. Nevertheless, older men are also at risk for osteoporosis. While estrogen deficiency is a primary risk factor for osteoporosis in women and low levels of testosterone increase osteoporosis risk. Certain medical conditions (Osteoporosis can be secondary to other medical conditions, including alcoholism, diabetes, thyroid imbalances, chronic liver or kidney disease, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, scurvy, rheumatoid arthritis, leukemia, cirrhosis, gastrointestinal diseases, vitamin D deficiency, lymphoma, hyperparathyroidism, anorexia nervosa, premature menopause, and rare genetic disorders such as the Marfan and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes) and medications (corticosteroids, glucocorticoids, loop diuretics, such as furosemide, anticonvulsants, PPIs, heparin, gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists and aromatase inhibitors) also increase the risk. Diet plays an important role in both preventing and speeding up bone loss in men and women. Calcium and vitamin D deficiencies are risk factors for osteoporosis. The right kind of xercise is preventive. Dr. Frank will also review old and brand new medications given to prevent fragility fractures.

8/21/2017 --- The behavior of elephants

Speaker: Bob Dale --- Professor,Butler University (Sponsored By: Russell judd)

Aside from his teaching at Butler University, Bob has studied the behavior of elephants here and in Africa. He has contributed his knowledge to our zoo but also other zoos

9/5/2017 --- Board meeting

10/3/2017 --- Board meeting

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

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 90’s, 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 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. 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.