NOTICE: Starting in August and beyond, Zoom Monday meetings will be held every Monday
except Sept. 7 (Labor Day), and December 21, and 28 (Christmas Season).


9/21/2020 --- Visualizing Hubble’s Colorful Universe

Speaker: Zolt Levay --- Bio Zolt Levay has been pursuing astronomy and photography most of his life. As far back as high school he was observing the sky, taking photographs through a home-built telescope, and processing photographs in a home darkroom. Zolt earned degrees in astronomy from Indiana University, Bloomington and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and worked with several space science missions at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. For over 35 years he was professionally involved with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope mission at the Space Telescope Science Institute. For most of that time he was responsible for translating science data into images and graphics that illustrate Hubble’s discoveries for the public, balancing science content with aesthetics. He produced some of the most remarkable, profound, and widely distributed Hubble images and has described this work in public talks, magazine articles, books and documentaries. Zolt has also pursued a wide range of photographic interests, exhibited in galleries and won awards in photography competitions. Current, ongoing personal photography projects include seeking out dark, clear skies to explore the relationships between landscapes, the night sky, and the cosmos. (Email: (Sponsored By: Dr. Alan D. Schmidt)

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has been exploring the cosmos for nearly 30 years. In that time it has revolutionized astronomy with numerous groundbreaking discoveries. But Hubble has also enabled us to reimagine our perception of the universe through a wealth of spectacular, dramatic views of space in unprecedented detail; the clearest views of the deep universe that humans have ever seen. Many of these images have become familiar throughout the world, distributed through print, television, and online. We will explore some of the techniques for producing these images from Hubble’s extraordinary science data. And we will see how state-of-the-art visualization techniques can show us the universe in dynamic 3-D.

9/28/2020 --- Scientific Contributions by the Current Nobel Prize Winners in Chemistry, Medicine, and Physics.

Speaker: Messrs. A.Schmidt, T.Lauer, R. Carter --- (Sponsored By: Jim Willson)

This will be the fourth annual presentation of the key scientific contributions of the current Nobel Prize Winners. Presented by Scientech members who are expert in these fields.

10/5/2020 --- Maria Montessori, Pioneer in Children's Education

Speaker: Richard Gunderman, M.D. --- Maria Montesssori, M. D. was an Italien physician well know for her eeucational philosophy. This is a discussion of her life and that philosophy. (Email: (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

See above

10/6/2020 --- Board Meeting

10/12/2020 --- Robotic Assisted Spinal Fusion: The Newest Techology in Spine Surgery

Speaker: Richard Chua, MD FACS --- Richard V. Y. Chua MD Clinical Professor, Neurosurgery University of Arizona School of Medicine (Email: (Sponsored By: Gonz Chua MD)

Robotic-assisted surgical technologies have evolved over the last 20 years, and are now being used commonly for prostate cancer, kidney cancer, gynecologic surgery, total joint replacements, and abdominal/gastrointestinal surgeries. The latest advancement is its introduction to assist surgeons in performing spinal fusion surgery, including placing screws to stabilize the spine. The current technology, its applications, and patient benefits will be reviewed. The benefits to patients include: (a) a minimally invasive technique, (b) improved accuracy for placing screws into the spine, (c) reduced x-ray exposure to the patient, staff, and surgeon while performing surgery, (d) reduced complications of spinal instrumentation."

10/19/2020 --- Hip & Knee Arthritis; Treatment & Outcomes

Speaker: Ryan K. Harrison --- BS IU MD IUSM Orthopedic Residency Ohio State University Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship- Grant Medical Center (Email: (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

Thw talk will discuss the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis in the hip and knees. The discussion will discuss expected outcomes with a special focus on what non-surgical outcomes can be sucessful and which non-surgical treatments should be avoided. Finally there will be a discussion regarding surgical treatment options.

10/26/2020 --- Monster Mash: The Science Behind Monster Legends

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

presenting evidence that there are biological explanations that could have initiated or fueled famous monster legends including zombies, vampires, werewolves, demonic possession, and Frankenstein's monster.

11/2/2020 --- Stepping Away from the Chemo: Active Music Engagement for Young Children with Cancer

Speaker: Sheri Robb --- Professor, IU School of Nursing. Board certified music therapist with expertise in pediatric music therapy. (Email: (Sponsored By: Joyce Mallette)

Music therapy is an allied health profession that is becoming a standard of care in many pediatric hospitals in the US, especially for children receiving cancer treatment. Robb's research has focused on understanding how active music interventions work to improve health outcomes in pediatric cancer patients and their families.

11/9/2020 --- My Wild Grace Chase

Speaker: Douglas Hofstadter --- Professor of Cognitive Science and Comparative literature, Indiana University, Bloomington, winner of the Pulitzer Prize (Email: (Sponsored By: Peggy Sabens)

The talk will give the flavor of my current book-in-progress. A kind of autobiography viewed through the lens of beauty. Over time I have ome to see my life, floating halfway between the arts and sciences, as a long series of ardent quests for beauty (i.e "wild grace chases") in all sorts of domains: music, art, mathematics, physics, letterforms, words, languages, poetry,jokes,nonsense, analogies, photography, movies, sports, cars, planes...I will select a few vivid examples from this list and will try to convey the passion that such things inspired in me.

11/10/2020 --- Board Meeting

11/16/2020 --- Answering the Call: STEM Quick Wins

Speaker: Vera Vander Kooy --- Executive Director at the STEM Connection (Email: (Sponsored By: Gonz Chua)

Answering the Call: STEM Quick Wins Our world has drastically changed during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. With that, The STEM Connection is working hard to continue to provide STEM educational support for educators, families, caregivers, and youth-serving organizations through our newly created STEM Quick Wins Program. STEM Quick Wins are free relevant science, technology, engineering, and math activities that can be done at home or other locations with easily accessible materials. STEM Quick Wins were originally designed as a way of providing STEM support for educators, families, caregivers, and youth-serving organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. Since the launch of STEM Quick Wins in March 2020, The STEM Connection’s reach has increased over 300%. With such positive feedback for and interest in STEM Quick Wins, The STEM Connection is planning to continue the STEM Quick Win Program into the summer of 2020 and is seeking financial support from community partners to be able to make this happen. Each STEM Quick Win has an activity sheet and short video of a STEM Connection staff member explaining and showing the activity. Activities are based on Next Generation Science Standards, process standards, and employability skills standards, and touch on a variety of STEM content and practices. Activities are designed for kindergarten through 5th grade students but can easily be differentiated for preschool and middle school students. STEM Quick Win activity sheets and videos are posted on The STEM Connection’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

11/23/2020 --- Detecting Lies – What works, what doesn’t work, and what may produce a false confession

Speaker: Greg Wright --- President, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Central Indiana Chapter (Email: (Sponsored By: GREG WRIGHT)

New Greg’s Talk: Detecting Lies – What works, what doesn’t work, and what may produce a false confession: polygraph; Reid Interviewing Technique; Neuro-Linguistic Programming; Behavior Detection Officer Training; Dr. Mehrabian’s 7% Rule; body language training; the P.E.A.C.E. method; behavioral anomalies system; or micro-body language training? Greg Wright has been trained and investigated these techniques including attending a week-long training program with a Hamilton County police department. Greg is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Financial Planner.

11/30/2020 --- Opportunities to Learn About Business

Speaker: Jim Amidon --- OLAB at Wabash Collage Director of Strategic Communications Secretary, Board of Trustees, Director of Opportunities to Learn about business (Email: (Sponsored By: Victor Wenning)

Opportunities to learn about Business is the oldest compeditive business immersion program, now in its 48th year. The program is for high school seniors and recruits from the U.S. and several foreign countries. The week long course teaches skill in all aspects of business. The Scientech Foundation has helped fund the program for decades.

12/7/2020 --- (TBA)

12/8/2020 --- Board Meeting

12/14/2020 --- Clues for the Kidney Stone Detective

Speaker: William H. Dick, M.D. --- Club Historian - Scientech Club (Email: (Sponsored By: William H. Dick)

The Discovery of the Cause for Ammonium Urate Kidney stones is Reviewed.

12/14/2020 --- Annual Meeting/Election -- Followed by Talk

12/21/2020 --- Christmas Holiday -- No Meeting

12/28/2020 --- New Year's Holiday -- No Meeting

2/8/2021 --- Discovering New Galaxies in the Nearby Universe

Speaker: Dr. Katherine L. Rhode --- Katherine Rhode is an Associate Professor in the department of Astronomy at IU, Bloomington. She has a BA in physics from Sonoma State U, a MA in astronomy from Wesleyan U. and a PhD in astronomy from Yale. She and her students study the origin and evolution of galaxies with space and ground based telescopes. (Email: (Sponsored By: Malcolm Mallette)

Over the past decade, surveys have revealed the presence of dozens of low-mass "dwarf" galaxies in the neighborhood around our home galaxy, the Milky Way. She will explain how she is using data from the Arecibo Radio Telescope in Puerto Rico and the WIYN optical telescope in Arizona to find new galaxies in the neighborhood of our galaxy.

4/5/2021 --- 1492--The Gift of Tobacco.


From Colonial America until the Civil War the preferred tobacco use was the (a) CHEW, (b) SNUFF, (c) PIPE and (d) CIGAR. The ingredients were absorbed through the oral or nasal cavities. Cigarettes were made from the sweepings on the factory floors and were for the poor to roll their own. A milder Bright Leaf tobacco was produced in 1839 and a cigarette rolling machine was perfected in 1884 prompting J.B.Duke of Durham to promote cigarettes which were mild enough to be inhaled for instant effect. Immigrants doubled the USA population during 1880-1910 and city life favored the more sanitary cigarettes. World War I intensified the need for a more convenient smoke. Prohibition and Women’s Suffrage further encouraged tobacco use until by 1950 half the US population smoked.

6/7/2021 --- the future of music and radio

Speaker: Jim Meyer --- CEO Sirius xm holdings, inc 2012 to present. St Bonaventure University Bachelors and mba. board of directors pandora media llc, rovi corp. Also involved in indy 500 racing. (Email: (Sponsored By: peggy Sabens)