Scientech Program Calendar


2/24/2020 --- The Grand Universe

Speaker: Kurt Williams/Greg McCauley --- Director/coo Link Observatory (Email: (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

Talk on the premier space science center in the country, proposed for Westfield< Indiana.

3/2/2020 --- Two of Marian University’s Important Resources: STEM Camps and the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab

Speaker: Janice Hicks Slaughter & Stephanie Schuck --- Janice Hicks Slaughter - Janice is director of Outreach and Partnerships at Marian University Klipsch Educators College. In this role, she oversees K – 12th grade outreach initiatives, such as the Ruth Lilly Health Education, outreach programming of Marian’s Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab, and others. She has led the Marian University Math and Science and STEM Camps since 2008 and maintains her commitment to providing quality education and development opportunities for all students. Stephanie Schuck - Stephanie is the Outdoor Education and Restoration Coordinator for the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab at Marian University. She is the land manager and restoration ecologist for the over 75-acre EcoLab property on Marian’s campus, and leads many of the K-12 environmental education programs there. She creates and implements much of the program curriculum for all visitors to the EcoLab, focusing on the native flora and fauna of Indiana. (Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

The presentation will focus on two related, yet separate topics that relate to Marian University outreach and environmental stewardship. Depending on the timing of the presentation, the Marian University STEM Camp information could be about plans for 2020 or outcomes from the 2020 camps. Either way, Scientech members will have information about how 1st – 8th grade students will be (or were) engaged in STEM learning experiences. Because the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab is pivotal to the success of STEM Camps and has historical and restoration significance, it seems fitting to include an overview of it also. We find that people are often not aware of the EcoLab and this will be an opportunity to share brief history, restoration efforts, research projects, how Scientech members can be involved, etc.

3/9/2020 --- How Preschool curriculum standards relate to Indiana High School standards. The foundation of learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Speaker: Ellie Schmink & Lauren Ausdenmoor --- Ellie Schmink District Vice President Jordan YMCA University of Missouri, BS, Secondary Education Indiana University, MS, Athletic Administration Lauren Ausdenmoore Youth and Family Life Director Jordan YMCA University of Dayton, BS, Early Childhood Education University of Dayton, MS, Educational Leadership (Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

We will set up centers to demonstrate basic STEM preschool activities and discuss the Indiana High School standard(s) that the activity supports.

3/10/2020 --- Board meeting

3/16/2020 --- 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.

3/23/2020 --- Indianapolis Bicentennial Celebration

Speaker: Jeff Bennett --- Indianapolis Deputy Mayor of Community Development (Email: (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

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3/30/2020 --- Indiana Department of Education STEM Initiatives

Speaker: Christy Hilton, PhD --- 22 years of experience in public education. I am licensed to teach Biology, General Science, Health & Safety and Computer. I also hold an Ed.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. I am currently serving as the STEM Specialist for the Indiana Department of Education. (Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

I will share a summary of the Indiana STEM Six-Year Strategic Plan and the initiatives that the Indiana Department of Education is prioritizing in order to support the State’s Strategic Plan. I will also share how STEM professionals can support Indiana schools in preparing students to be contributing members of Indiana’s future workforce.

4/6/2020 --- 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.

4/13/2020 --- 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.

4/14/2020 --- Board meeting

4/20/2020 --- How and Why Climate Change is Escalating Extreme Weather

Speaker: Jim Willson --- Member of Scientech (Email: (Sponsored By: Jim Willson)

Increasingly the question is being raised of whether climate change could be contributing to the increased extreme weather now occurring. This month Scientific American has published an article by the noted climate scientist, Jennifer Francis, senior scientist at Woods Hole Research Center, specifically detailing how certain 2018 and 2019 weather events were made worse by climate change. This presentation recounts these findings.

4/27/2020 --- An Introduction to Fingerprint Examination: History, Science, and Practice

Speaker: David Zauner --- David Zauner received his BS degree in Biology from Purdue University in 1978, and upon graduation embarked on a career in identification and forensic science that spanned more than 37 years. He began in the Technical Services Division of the Fort Wayne Police Department, moved to the newly-opened Indiana State Police Regional Laboratory in Fort Wayne in 1980, and then in 1988 began work as a Forensic Scientist (Latent Print Examiner) at the Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency, from which he retired in August 2015. Mr. Zauner is currently an adjunct instructor in the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program at IUPUI, teaching a short course in fingerprint examination and giving guest lectures for other courses. During his time in the profession, Mr. Zauner attended specialized courses in fingerprint identification at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, as well as annual training conferences hosted by the International Association for Identification and the Canadian Identification Society, to increase his knowledge of the field and stay current with new developments. (Email: (Sponsored By: Karen Bumb Lauer)

This talk begins with early anatomical studies of skin and extends to the critical role of fingerprints in personal identification today. Also, brief review of the anatomy of friction skin – the ridged skin on the hands and feet that produces fingerprints, palmprints, and footprints – and a discussion of the process by which unknown prints are compared to known prints in a forensic examination. Methods for finding fingerprints on different types of surfaces will be discussed. Finally, the presentation explains the role of fingerprint examination in criminal investigation and legal proceedings, and mentions some of the challenges fingerprint identification has faced in court.

5/4/2020 --- Understanding More About Youth Suicide

Speaker: Judith Campbell MD --- Recently retired from practice in the Indianapolis area and from IU School of Medicine. (Email: (Sponsored By: Marvin Miller MD)

Dr. Campbell will discuss ways to identify and seek treatment for youth at risk. She will also discuss the rise in frequency of the thoughts and attempts at suicide. There will be handouts about local resources for youth and adults.

5/5/2020 --- Board meeting

5/11/2020 --- Science and Religion – Separate but Equal; or Not?

Speaker: Jeff Rasley --- University of Chicago, A.B. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; Indiana University School of Law, J.D. cum laude, Moot Court and Indiana Law Review; Christian Theological Seminary, M.Div. magna cum laude, co-valedictorian and Faculty Award Scholar. (Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

A brief history of competition between the Church and science for hearts and minds and the arguments of contemporary scholars on whether science and religion are compatible or not. A portion of the talk is based on my book, Godless - Living a Valuable Life Beyond Beliefs.

5/18/2020 --- The Genetics of Aging and How to Live Longer

Speaker: Glenn J. Bingle, MD, PhD, MACP --- Medical Director, Genetic Services & Counseling Community Hospital of Indianapolis (Email: (Sponsored By: Lyman H. Wolfla II)

This talked is based on David Sinclair, Ph.D. of Harvard Univ. Lifespan: Why we age and why we don't have to.

5/25/2020 --- Memorial Day -- No Meeting

6/1/2020 --- 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)

6/8/2020 --- TOUR--- Tour of the Indiana Medical History Museum

Contact: RJudd --- (Sponsored By: Russell judd)

To get more acquainted with medical history of care at Central Hospital Nd see artifacts, furnishings and equipment used to treat patients and also to teach medical students

6/9/2020 --- Board meeting

6/15/2020 --- 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.

6/22/2020 --- An Overwiew of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Speaker: Mark Lutz --- B.S. Ball State, B.S. Butler University in Health Sciences, MPAS University of Nebraska (Email: (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

It is estimated that 10% of all adults over the age of 65 are taking fish oil supplements, but until recently there has been little solid proof that such supplements are beneficial. After a two year trial Vascepta has been released by the FDA. This highly concntrated form of EPA, an omega 3 fatty acid was shown to reduce cardiovascular events by 25%.

6/29/2020 --- On the Road Again

Speaker: J. David Cook --- David Cook is an attorney and President of Farm Heritage Trail, Inc. He grew up and practiced law in Thorntown, IN and lives in Indianapolis. (Email: (Sponsored By: Rick Whitener)

If you were to trace movement of our bodies to the beginning, we would find it started in the womb. In He first got interested in long distance running when he ran the second Indianapolis Mini-Marathon. He has competed in each Mini-Marathon since then except for 1995, the year in which he had a severe cardiac event. He has also hiked hundreds of miles on the Camino de Santiago in Spain and will talk about this.

7/6/2020 --- Independence Day -- No Meeting

7/7/2020 --- Board Meeting

7/13/2020 --- (TBA)

7/20/2020 --- (TBA)

7/27/2020 --- (TBA)

8/3/2020 --- (TBA)

8/4/2020 --- Board Meeting

8/10/2020 --- The Tools for Colon Cancer Prevention: Fecal Blood, Fecal DNA, and Colonoscopy. What Works, What Doesn't and Why.

Speaker: Douglas Rex, M.D. --- Distinguished Professor of Medicine Emeritus, IUSM Harvard University B.A.Summa Cun Laude. IUSM M.D. (Email: (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

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8/17/2020 --- An interview with John Purdue

Speaker: John Norberg --- An interview with John Purdue This author dresses and acts the part addressing the history of Purdue (Email: (Sponsored By: Steve springer)

8/24/2020 --- Bill Cook, His life and Times

Speaker: Richard Gunderman, M. D. --- (Email: (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

Founded in Bloomington, Indiana, Cook Medical has become the largest, privately held medical device company in the world. This is the founder's story.

8/31/2020 --- (TBA)

9/7/2020 --- Labor Day -- No Meeting

9/8/2020 --- Board Meeting

9/14/2020 --- (TBA)

9/21/2020 --- (TBA)

9/26/2020 --- ANNUAL DINNER -- Woodland CC -- Ken Pendleton (Chair)

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)

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10/6/2020 --- Board Meeting

10/8/2020 --- Colonoscopy and The Genesis of Colon & Rectal Cancer

Speaker: Douglas K. Rex, M.D. --- Distinguished Professor Emeritus Of Medicine IUSM Chancellor's Prrofessor at IUPUI, Director of Endoscopy at IU HOspital, Harvard University B.A. Summa Cum Laude IUSM M.D. with highest distinction (Email: (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

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10/12/2020 --- (TBA)

10/19/2020 --- (TBA)

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 --- (TBA)

11/9/2020 --- (TBA)

11/10/2020 --- Board Meeting

11/16/2020 --- (TBA)

11/23/2020 --- (TBA)

11/30/2020 --- (TBA)

12/7/2020 --- (TBA)

12/8/2020 --- Board Meeting

12/14/2020 --- (TBA)

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