Scientech Program Calendar


12/9/2019 --- The Truth Behind Trace Evidence

Speaker: Gina M. Londino-Smolar --- Gina currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology teaching in the forensic and investigative sciences program, as well as a faculty fellow with Teaching and Learning Technologies.Throughout her time at IUPUI, she has developed multiple courses in forensic science; along with the development of courses taught online to reach out to other student populations. She has published a laboratory manual for undergraduate forensic science laboratory course for non-science majors. She is currently a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and the Chair of the Disciplines committee for the General Section and a member and President-Elect of the Council of Forensic Science Educators (COFSE). Gina has a B.S., Chemistry from Ball State University, Muncie and a Master’s Degree in Analytical Chemistry. (Email: (Sponsored By: Karen Bumb )

Have you ever wondered how hairs or fibers are used in forensic casework? What information can be determined by a single hair, can it be matched to an individual? How about fibers, can a fiber be identified just by using a microscope? Or matched to a particular sweater? During this presentation, we will examine common trace evidence, what trace evidence can tell us, and familiar cases that used trace evidence during the investigation. We will look at microscopic characteristics of trace materials, what tools are used to analyze trace evidence, and discover what we can determine and what we cannot say about the evidence.

12/16/2019 --- Butler University & Hinkle Fieldhouse

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

Butler University is a distinguished University in Indianapolis. Hinkle Fieldhouse is a historic fieldhouse where Butler plays its home games. It was the largest basketball arena in the U.S. from 1928-1950.

12/16/2019 --- Annual Meeting/Election -- Followed by Talk

12/23/2019 --- No meeting Christmas Holiday

12/30/2019 --- No meeting New Year Holiday

1/6/2020 --- Common Diseases of the Retina in the Elderly

Speaker: Ramana Moorthy,MD --- Rose Hulman B.S.Electrical Eugineering Summa Cum Laude 1984 Indiana University School of Medicine M.D. With Highest Distinction 1988, ophthalmology residency at IUSM, fellowship in uvietis USC, Fellowship in retinal surgery Northwestern. Fellowship Doheny Eye Institute in Uveitis & Medical and Surgical Retina Northwestern University (Email: (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer, R. Yee)

Diabetes mellitus is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly. Diabetic retinopathy will be discussed along with other retinal disorders such as macular degeneration, both wet & dry.

1/7/2020 --- Board meeting

1/13/2020 --- A tale of Two Anniversaries

Speaker: Chris Lafave --- Chris Lafave is Curator with the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library. He was introduced to the work of Kurt Vonnegut while attending Ball State University. Chris completed his Masters in Library Science at Indiana University. (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

Sirens of Titan turns 60 in late October, Slaughterhouse-Five turned 50 at the end of March. The talk will discuss how the ideas from one informed the other. Also, what the Tralfamadorians reveal about free will will be discussed.

1/20/2020 --- 249th General Hospital, A 1000 Bed Combat Casualty Hospital

Speaker: Gonzalo Chua MD FACR --- Gonz Chua is a Scientech member. Retired Clinical Professor of Radiology IUSM, Program Director of Radiology Residency, IU Methodist 1981-2000. Founding Director of IU North Radiology 2005-2009. (Email: (Sponsored By: Gonzalo Chua MD FACR)

The talk will involve the personal, family and professional challenges when I served in the US Army as Chief of Radiology at 249th General Hospital, US Army, Japan. from 1969-71. It will includes a short history of 249th Hospital with pictures and stories of the hospital, patients and radiographs of combat casualties from Vietnam.Some statistics will be included.

1/27/2020 --- Engineering a Better Future for Cancer Patients at the Joe & Shelly Schwarz Cancer Center at IU North Hospital

Speaker: Sara J. Grethlein, M.D. --- Director, Joe & Shelly Schwarz Cancer Center at IU North Hospital 1988 M.D. at SUNY Brooklyn 1994 Fellowship in Hematology/Onchology, Washington University 2018 MBA, Indiana University (Email: ) (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

An exploration of the mission of the new Joe & S helly Cancer Center at IU North Hospital

2/3/2020 --- U.S. Education-In Need of a Major Overhaul

Speaker: Dick Garrett --- Formerly in mgt. Eli Lilly, Associate Clinical Professor, Kelley School of Business, IU B'ton. Author (Email: (Sponsored By: Dick Garrett)

This talk is not about my book, I have already given that talk. In order to give advice about what we should be doing to improve our performance, I have studied Top-Performing Systems. This talk will contrast our system to a typical Top-Performing System. We are not even close to the good systems. In a good system, teachers are high status, top students themselves and play a very important role in making the system work better and better. Generally this is not the case in the US; our system is built around cheap teachers. The bureaucrats make most of the decisions.

2/4/2020 --- Board meeting

2/10/2020 --- Less Oil or More Caskets: The National Security Argument for Moving Away from Oil

Speaker: Greg Ballard --- Former Mayor of Indianapolis Visiting fellow University of Indianapolis (Email: (Sponsored By: Peggy Sabens)

70% of the world's oil is used for transportation, and 80% of the oil reserves are in the hands of countries whose interests may not be aligned with ours. It is time to change this dynamic.

2/17/2020 --- The Great Scopes Monkey Trial State of Tennessee vs. John Scopes

Speaker: Hal Johnston --- The Great Scopes Monkey Trial, Hal Johnston Lieutenant Colonel (retired)Indianapolis Veterans Court (Email: (Sponsored By: Dr. Alan D. Schmidt, emeritus)

In 1925 the state of Tennessee brought criminal charges against an unknown, young high school teacher named John Scopes. His crime? He taught about the theory of evolution in a high school biology classroom. What began as a minor misdemeanor case captured headlines around the world as two giants of American politics and the law clashed over science and the bible.

2/24/2020 --- The Universe

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

Talk on various portions of the cosmos.

3/2/2020 --- The Stained Glass Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany: Art meets Science

Speaker: THOMAS E LAUER --- Scientech Member (Email: TLAUER@BSU.EDU) (Sponsored By: THOMAS E LAUER)

Louis Comfort Tiffany created the classic “Tiffany” style lamps between ~1900 and 1930. His artistic background coupled with a number of talented artisans on his staff left a legacy of lamp construction and appreciation that has lasted over a 100 years. What separated Tiffany’s lamps from the others of the time was threefold. First, the artistic style, design, and construction was more complex and intricate than others; second, he went to great lengths in creating the “right” color for each individual glass tile used; and third, he made lamp bases that matched the shades. The artistry, the glass making science, and the engineering of construction will be discussed, along with some mention of current $ value of the lamps.

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 --- (TBA)

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 --- (TBA)

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 --- (TBA)

5/18/2020 --- The 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 --- (TBA)

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 --- (TBA)

6/29/2020 --- (TBA)

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

7/13/2020 --- (TBA)

7/20/2020 --- (TBA)

7/27/2020 --- (TBA)

8/3/2020 --- (TBA)

8/10/2020 --- (TBA)

8/17/2020 --- (TBA)

8/24/2020 --- (TBA)

8/31/2020 --- (TBA)

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

9/14/2020 --- (TBA)

9/21/2020 --- (TBA)

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 --- (TBA)

10/12/2020 --- (TBA)

10/19/2020 --- (TBA)

10/24/2020 --- ANNUAL DINNER

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)

11/16/2020 --- (TBA)

11/23/2020 --- (TBA)

11/30/2020 --- (TBA)

12/7/2020 --- (TBA)

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