The Scientech Club Program Calendar

Meetings at the Northside Events Center & Social Club, 2100 E 71st Street, have begun for those who choose to attend in person. A Zoom option with links on the website will continue through December 2021.

All Scientech in-person participants are required to show proof of Covid 19 vaccination (using their card or a photo of the card) prior to entry into the Ballroom. No exceptions will be allowed for entry! Records of vaccination status will be recorded for future events.People who are fully vaccinated and have had a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 (Defined as being within eight feet proximity of a suspected or confirmed covid risk person for 15 minutes or more) should be tested 3-5 days after exposure and must wear a mask in any indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. Hence, eating or drinking will NOT be allowed during the entire meeting time and social distancing would be required.


12/13/2021 --- Annual Meeting and Scientech Foundation Update

Speaker: Dick Carter and Joe Abella --- (Sponsored By: Dick Carter)

We will elect officers for 2022 and get an update on Scientech Foundation activities. Speakers will present in person.

1/10/2022 --- Eugenics in Indiana

Speaker: Richard Gunderman --- Professor Indiana University School of Medicine. (Email: (Sponsored By: Rick Whitener)

Indiana adopted the first forced sterilization law in the world, and some of its most prominent citizens were eugenicists. In this presentation, we will review the history of this once-prevalent movement, which sought to improve humanity through control of human reproduction. Speaker will present in person.

1/17/2022 --- Scientific Indiana

Speaker: Duane Nickell --- Duane S. Nickell was born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky. His interest in science started at an early age as a result of his dad describing the amazing things he was learning in an astronomy class. As a teen, Nickell read every popular science book he could get his hands on, especially those written by Isaac Asimov or Carl Sagan. Nickell attended DePauw University where he graduated with a double major in physics and mathematics. He went on to earn a doctoral degree in education from Indiana University. Nickell taught physics at the high school and college level in Indianapolis until his retirement in 2017. He is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, the nation’s highest honor for science teachers. He is also a past president of the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers (HASTI) and the Indiana Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Nickell lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Karen Markman, and several cats. (Email: (Sponsored By: Dr. Alan Dale Schmidt)

Scientists with a significant Indiana connection have won a dozen Nobel Prizes. Unfortunately, the names of these scientists are unknown to the vast majority of the state’s citizens. Scientific Indiana celebrates science by presenting biographical sketches of seventeen scientific Hoosier heroes. Scientists who lived, worked or were educated in Indiana have made fundamental contributions to astronomy, biology, chemistry, and physics. Astronomer Vesto Slipher discovered that almost all other galaxies were moving away from our own Milky Way Galaxy. Biologist Alfred Kinsey was a pioneer in the field of human sexuality. Chemist Harold Urey discovered deuterium and worked on the Manhattan Project. And physicist Edward Purcell discovered nuclear magnetic resonance, the basis for MRI, one of the most significant medical advances in a century. Presenting at NEC

1/24/2022 --- Indiana's space connection

Speaker: Eric Williamson --- Purdue Space Program students led by grad student Eric Williamson (Email: (Sponsored By: Tom Lunsford)

These enthusiastic students in Purdue's space program eagerly share Indiana's space connection and introduce the new possibility of a private. first-class journey into the great unknown! They are articulate, well informed, and excited about the program.

1/31/2022 --- Insulin at 100: Indianapolis, Toronto, Woods Hole and the “Insulin Road”

Speaker: Kathi Badertscher, Ph.D. --- Dr, Badertscher is the Director of Graduate Programs and lecturer at the Eli Lilly School of Philanthropy after working in the corporate sector for 25 years. Her doctoral thesis is on Indianapolis philanthropy. (Email: (Sponsored By: Helmi Banta)

Covers the contributions of the team at Eli Lilly and Co to bring the discovery of insulin, at the University of Toronto, into large scale production for access by physicians and patients. She demonstrates how a large pharmaceuticals can be accountable to its shareholders while saving millions of lives. Also focuses on the collaboration of pharmaceutical firms, academia and government as the best avenue for innovation. Speaker will present in person.

2/7/2022 --- The History of Oil

Speaker: David Woll --- David Woll CEO of He has been a Scientech member since July 2018. (Email: (Sponsored By: David Woll)

David is a third generation independent oil producer spanning almost one hundred years. His subtopics will range from geology to fracking and from real estate law to taxes and everything in between. Speaker will present in person.

2/14/2022 --- The Texas Liberators: Witnesses to the Holocaust

Speaker: Dr. Aliza Wong --- Interim Dean, Honors College Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Professor Professor, Honors College and History Texas Tech University (Email: ) (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

With support of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, Dr. Wong and Texas Tech University created the Texas Liberator Project as a means of introducing the wider public to the experiences of U.S. soldiers who were witnesses to and actors in the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camps and serve as a portal to furthering Holocaust and genocide awareness and education. The multi-pronged project includes an education app; a website that features interactive maps, an Honor Roll of veteran liberators, bibliographies, filmographies and teacher resources; a traveling exhibit; and a book that has been provided free of charge to every public and private middle and high school in Texas. The speaker will present remotely.

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