Past Scientech Programs in 2017

1/9/2017 --- Introduction to Pharmacogenomics

Speaker: David Kisor --- Pharm.D, Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences Director, Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics Program, Manchester University
(Email: (Sponsored By: Carl Holl)

An introduction to the potential for pharmacogenomics to reduce "trial and error" therapeutics and significantly decrease the number of adverse drug reactions.

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1/16/2017 --- Can a New Understanding of the History of Science Lead to a New Future in Education?

Speaker: Chris Edwards --- Dr. Chris Edwards has taught in Indiana’s public schools for fifteen years and currently directs a Scientech Foundation grant dedicated to a new way of educating teachers of science. Chris is also an adjunct professor at the graduate school of University of Indianapolis where these new teacher education concepts are being implemented with the help of a generous grant from the Scientech Foundation.
(Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

In the last ten years, a new interpretation of the 16th and 17th century’s scientific and political revolutions has occurred. Since the modern educational system, with its departments and hierarchies, is based upon a 17th century model then a new understanding of the 17th century should lead to new types of educational systems. The next revolution in science might very well come when teachers of science are educated in a new way. Grants from the Scientech Foundation are currently funding an experiment in this new form of teacher education, and Chris will give an update as to how that money is being and has been used through a new education program for Biology teachers at the University of Indianapolis and through the Second Scientech Summer Institute.

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1/23/2017 --- Ancient Pigment Solves Modern Crime

Speaker: Gregory D. Smith, Ph.D --- Otto N. Frenzel III Senior Conservation Scientist, Indianapolis Museum of Art
(Email: ) (Sponsored By: Bonnie Carter)

Greg will give another presentation about his analytical and scientific work at the IMA. This one will be about using Egyptian Blue to repurpose as a fingerprint dusting powder.

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1/30/2017 --- What Will We Discover? The Next Decade of Space Exploration

Speaker: Greg McCauley --- Executive Director/CEO Link Observatory Space Science Institute
(Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

For 54 years, the Goddard Space Symposium has been the premier gathering of NASA’s leaders in science, engineering and technology discussing the unique challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in space exploration. The closing statements of the 2016 Symposium held in Washington DC were nothing short of astounding: “The next decade of space exploration could produce more revolutionary discoveries than in all of human history.” Join us as we review the groundbreaking technologies, astronomical observatories, spacecraft and probes currently under development that could forever change how we view our place in this universe. The Golden Age of space exploration is about to begin.

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2/6/2017 --- Does the world get fed in 2050?

Speaker: Vahid Aidun --- Ph.D. in crop breeding & genetics. Holds the position of Licensing Leader at Dow AgroSciences
(Email: (Sponsored By: Bonnie Carter )

The United Nations predicts the earth’s population will rise to 9.6B people by 2050. To feed 9.6B mankind will have to increase current food production by 70%. The speaker will discuss the technologies used in the past to allow us to feed our current population. Recent advances in agricultural research including biotechnology are critical tools to feed a growing world in a sustainable manner. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the hurdles to be overcome including social & public perception issues. These obstacles prevent full the exploitation of new technologies that could alleviate hunger, nutrient deficiency & food insecurity especially for vulnerable people in the developing world.

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2/13/2017 --- 19th and early 20th century photographic techniques and aesthetics

Speaker: David Beatty --- BA in philosophy from Indiana University and a masters of science in psychiatric mental health nursing, retired last year after 25 years of working in consultation liaison psychiatry; Professional photographer
(Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

I will start off explaining how I came to investigate older photographic processes from the perspective of a practicing photographer and as a collector of photographs. I plan to describe the early origins of the photographic process in the 1840s and how it evolved with changes in technology. I will show multiple examples of photographs from the time period to illustrate different aesthetic approaches to the medium. I plan to end the talk with the replacement of glass plates by negative films in the early 20th century.

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2/20/2017 --- Bridging the Past with the Future

Speaker: Allen Patterson --- Director of Hamilton County Parks
(Email: (Sponsored By: James Dillon)

Reconstruction, placement and completion of three historic Hoosier bridges took place this summer over the the White River, on opposing banks os Strawtown Koteewi Park and White River Campground. The bridges, originally constructed between 1890 and 1904, provided service in three different Indiana counties. Two of the bridges were saved from the scrap yard, and restored. One was reconstructed from scratch, using the original plans. The speaker will discuss the trials and tribulations of this project and present a number of pictures of the installation and dedication.The three bridges were the Washington County Bridge # 113 over the Blue River, the Wayne County Bridge #229 over Martindale Creek, Hamilton County Bridge #21. Although demolished in 1990 the Hamilton County bridge's original plans were discovered in the Ball State University archives. The bridge, identified as a Plate Leg Girder, has been rebuilt using these plans. This bridge is one of the last surviving examples of the only truss style invented by an Indiana resident

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