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 indefinitely.

Attendees at all in-person Scientech Club meetings should have up-to-date vaccinations and practice social distancing while attending the meeting. Masks are optional. Attendees who have 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.

Any member experiencing COVID symptoms in the past two weeks, should not attend an in-person meeting unless they have had a negative COVID test.

Our attendance requirements will be continually updated if Marion County guidelines are changed.


7/11/2022 --- The Connection Between the Scientech/BSU Summer Institutes and MIT’s Open Learning Model

Speaker: Chris Edwards --- Chris Edwards, Ed.D, teaches English and Advanced Placement World History at a public high school in central Indiana where he is also the ethics bowl coach. He is the author of numerous books with Rowman & Littlefield Education and Blue River Press. Chris is a frequent contributor to Skeptic magazine on the topics of law, logic, history, theoretical physics, psychology, and education. Chris has published and presented his original connect-the-dots teaching method with the National Council for Social Studies. As a facilitator and researcher, Chris created a summer STEM institute that focused on connecting secondary teachers with university STEM professors and with professionals in the STEM workforce. In this role, he directed over $300,000 in private and state funding. In 2018 and 2019, he became one of the only high school teachers to ever hold the position of principal investigator when he directed the Scientech/BSU summer institute program with state funding. He currently sits on a STEM certification committee with the Indiana DOE. (Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)(ID: 718)

America’s secondary education structure is best understood as a feudal system composed of nearly 14,000 different school districts. Almost all these districts feature a Seat-Time-Model that empowers an expensive educational bureaucracy rather than teachers and students. Staff shortages, bureaucratic paralysis, school violence, and unprecedented levels of public anger over school curricula are causing this feudal educational system to collapse in the most vulnerable areas. The MIT Open Learning structure, built around a Mastery Learning Model, is restructuring (and saving) higher education. Can it also save secondary education? With some slight modifications, the answer is yes.

7/18/2022 --- Indiana State Board of Animal Health: Safeguarding Indiana's animals, food supply and citizens for more than a century.

Speaker: Bret D. Marsh, DVM --- Dr. Marsh has an undergraduate degree in animal science from Purdue and is a graduate of the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine. He is the Indiana State Veterinarian. (Email: (Sponsored By: Malcolm Mallette)(ID: 690)

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) is a relatively small state agency but has significant and broad impact. Many Hoosiers are unfamiliar with the agency that is charged with maintaining the health of the state's animal population, inspecting animal sourced food products, assuring the welfare of animals and planning for emergencies. Dr. Bret Marsh will provide an overview of BOAH's four main mission areas. while highlighting the growth of Indiana's major animal sectors that present many challenges and opportunities as the agency looks to the future. (Plus, he will share a few stories from his distinguished career in public service.

7/25/2022 --- Forensic Odontology and Mass Casualty Identification

Speaker: Dr. Michael T. Goupil --- Michael T. Goupil, DDS, MEd, MBA, FACS Emeritus Faculty School of Dental Medicine University of Connecticut (Email: (Sponsored By: Russel Judd)(ID: 689)

A variety of techniques are used in the identification of victims of mass casualty events. These identifications are extremely important for the families left behind. The process is very time sensitive and at the same time must be extremely accurate. The identification of human remains based on dental findings is an integral and important part of this process.

8/1/2022 --- Geology, Water and Climate

Speaker: Robert Barr --- Robert Barr is a Geologist and research Scientist for the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at IUPUI. Hydrology is his specialty. (Email: (Sponsored By: Rick Whitener)(ID: 722)

This talk will cover the precipitation patterns in the US and worldwide. He provides evidence that precipitation is coming in increasingly severe events. The presentation also includes information about the severe drought conditions in the US west as well as the latest reports on CO2 emissions with some hopeful trends included.

8/8/2022 --- Lillian Gilbreth, Genius in the art of living

Speaker: Richard Gunderman and David Gunderman --- Richard is a Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. David is the Lillian Gilbreth Post-Doctoral Fellow at Purdue. (Email: (Sponsored By: Rick Whitener)(ID: 719)

Lillian Gilbreth became one of the first female engineers to earn a PhD. She founded the field of industrial psychology, invented the foot-pedal trash can, partnered with her husband to describe the “one best way” to do work. She bore and parented 12 children, introduced time-motion studies into the operation of her own household, gained renown as the world’s first industrial psychologist, became the first woman full professor in Purdue University’s School of Engineering. She was celebrated in two best-selling books and films, “Cheaper by the Dozen” and “Belles on Their Toes.” The former film starred Indy native Clifton Webb.

8/15/2022 --- Discovery and measurement of Mt Everest,the first Summit.

Speaker: --- Jeff has a Masters of Divinity from CTS. JD from IU,and a BA from the University of Chicago.He is past president and past program committee chairman of the Scientech club and is secretary currently of the Scientech club Foundation. b a AT uNIVERSITY OF (Sponsored By: Rick whitener)(ID: 723)

The talk will describe the British "discovery'of Mt. Everest and the measurement of its altitude as well as the efforts to conquer the mountain. It will describe how extreme mountaineering has changed since the first summit in 1953. Jeff will share his personal experience of the 50th anniversary celebration. Historic photos and photos taken by Jeff will be projected during the talk.

8/22/2022 --- Four of the recent class of 2021 and notable legacy members of the hall of Fame

Speaker: David Newill --- Board member of the Indiana Aviation Hall Of Fame. past president of the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust, Allison branch. He is active in collecting, preserving artifacts and papers documenting the legacy of Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis. A frequent speaker at Aviation History events.A graduate engineer from the US Air Force Academy (Email: (Sponsored By: Rick Whitener)(ID: 688)

The Indiana Aviation Hall of Fame was established to recognize, honor, and perpetuate the memory of those special individuals who have made an enduring contribution to aviation or aerospace in Indiana, the nation, or the world through achievement, leadership, exceptional service, innovation, or entrepreneurial spirit. The presenter - an INAHOF Board member - will present four of the recent class of 2021 and some notable Legacy Members "did you know" stories.

8/29/2022 --- visual problems,genetic and aquired in children

Speaker: kathy Haider; Erin Conboy --- Visual problems and blindness in children K Haider is Director of Clinical Research at the Pediatric ophthalmology dept. at Riley/IU Erin Conboy is a molecular geneticist and started the clinic for inherited disease and ocular genetics (Email: (Sponsored By: russell Judd)(ID: 686)

The talk will include diagnosis, testing,present treatment. Genetic research

9/12/2022 --- Re-Thinking Engineering Education at Marian University

Speaker: Dr. Binh Q. Tran --- Dr. Binh Q. Tran is the founding dean for the E.S. Witchger School of Engineering at Marian University in Indianapolis. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from U.C. San Diego and San Diego State University, respectively, and received his doctorate in biomedical engineering from the University of Iowa. His research interests are related to applications of computer, mobile, and information technologies to advance healthy and successful aging in elderly and underserved populations. He has successfully led research projects in the areas of telehealth/mobile health (m-health), home health care technologies, personal health records, and design and development of biomedical instrumentation, including wearable medical devices. He is a recognized biomedical researcher with prior funding from NIH, NSF, FDA, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Education, Dept of Defense, and other organizations. He also serves on grant panels for NIH, NSF, FDA, and the editorial board of several engineering journals. Dean Tran has over 20 years of experience in academic administration, curricular innovation, and service to the engineering profession. (Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)(ID: 713)

Numerous reports by the Brookings Institution, Indy Chamber, and others have identified key competitive challenges to future economic opportunity and growth in Indianapolis, the region, and the state. These challenges include attracting and retaining technical talent, development of a sustainable, and skilled workforce, improving educational attainment for broad segments of our population, and creating a culture conducive to innovation and new business formation. In response to these challenges, Marian University is launching the new E.S. Witchger School of Engineering starting in Fall 2022. Offering degree programs in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, and mechanical engineering as well as engineering physics, the new engineering school at Marian University is intentionally built to train engineers from and for Indiana in order serve the local and regional economy. This talk with discuss Marian’s approach to widening the funnel of students interested in engineering as a profession, development of a flexible curriculum for engineering and workforce development, and re-thinking the engineering training for the future workforce.

9/19/2022 --- Nobel Prizes for 2021 in Chemistry and Physics

Speaker: Alan Schmidt, Jim Willson --- Alan Schmidt is a retired chemical engineer. He has a BChE from Michigan State and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. Jim Willson is past president of the Scientech Club. He has a BSCE from Purdue and an MBA from Northwestern. (Email: (Sponsored By: Jim Willson)(ID: 721)

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Benjamin List and David W.C. MacMillan for the development of asymmetric organoctalysis. The prize in physics for 2021 was awarded for groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex systems. 1/2 was jointly awarded to Syukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann for the physical modelling of Earth's climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming. The other half was awarded to Giorgio Parisi for the discovery of the interplay of disorder and fluctuations in physical systems from atomic to planetary scales.

9/26/2022 --- Nobel Prize winners for 2021 in Medicine and Economic Science

Speaker: Tom Lauer and Rick Whitener --- Tom Lauer is the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Biology at BSU. Tom has a BS and MS from Ball State and a PhD from Purdue. Rick Whitener is vice president of the Scientech Club. He has a BA in Economics from Davidson College. (Email: (Sponsored By: Jim Willson)(ID: 720)

The prize for Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch. The prize for Economic Sciences was divided between David Card for his empirical contributions to labour economics and jointly to Joshua D. Angrist and Guido W. Imbens for their methodological contributions to the analysis of causal relationships.

10/3/2022 --- The Limits of Metrics in Quality Assessment

Speaker: Richard Gunderman --- Professor Indiana University School of Medicine. (Email: (Sponsored By: Rick Whitener)(ID: 717)

This talk focuses on healthcare and how easy-to-measure functions can distract us from more critical issues. Some of the most important things are not measurable at all.

10/10/2022 --- Mosquitos - Deadliest Hunter on the Planet

Speaker: William Dick --- Scientech Club Historian (Email: (Sponsored By: William Dick)(ID: 687)

Mosquitos have caused more disease than any other vector. This presentation reviews the types of diseases and the progress made in conquering them.

10/17/2022 --- (TBA)

10/24/2022 --- Restoring Smiles to Children

Speaker: Dr. Gregory Borschel --- MD, Chief of Plastic Surgery, Riley Hospital. Dr. Borschel was elected President of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve for 2021 & was reappointed for 2022. He was elected Chair of the Plastic Surgery Research Council for 2020 & was reappointed for a second term for 2022. (Sponsored By: Edward Koolish)(ID: 682)

Dr. Borschel’s practice focuses on pediatric nerve injuries, corneal neurotization, facial paralysis, congenital hand surgery, & microvascular reconstruction. Through nerve-based reconstruction and grafting, Dr. Borschel restores smiles to children suffering from various forms of facial paralysis. Before/after slides and videos will be presented.

10/31/2022 --- (TBA)

11/14/2022 --- (TBA)

11/21/2022 --- (TBA)

11/28/2022 --- (TBA)

12/5/2022 --- (TBA)

12/12/2022 --- (TBA)