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.


10/3/2022 --- Rome and Christianity: How Ancient Rome Buildings, Monuments, and Religious Beliefs and Practices Were used.

Speaker: Donald Knebel --- Purdue U BSEE 1968 Harvard UJD 2019 Philanthropist of Year Best Lawyers of America Columbia Club, Triangle Ed. Foundation Scientech Club (Email: (Sponsored By: Linda Karwisch)(ID: 734)

The talk will explore how ancient Roman buildings, and monuments and religious beliefs and practices were used by and influenced Christian Practices. His research is a result from his three visits to Rome to demonstrate these ideas. The history of the architecture of previous centuries were used over and over by various sects. The construction will be explained in terms of the religious symbolisms and rituals performed dating back to 313 A.D.

10/10/2022 --- (TBA)

10/17/2022 --- 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.

10/24/2022 --- 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 --- What Becomes of All Those Recyclables - Plastics Recycling, Inc.

Speaker: Chad Smith --- Chad Smith is the Chief Personnel Officer of Plastic Recycling, Inc on Rockville Road Indianapolis, In.46214 He is the contact person. He said the Owner would be the speaker. (Sponsored By: Linda Karwisch)(ID: 732)

Finally learn what is being done to those plastic tubs, take home containers, lids, water bottles etc. The company was established in 1988. They are one of the largest providers of recycled plastic. The company makes supplies for the building industry. They customize compound materials to fit different business needs. Polystyrene blends and colored pellets and resin are their main products which are made from Polystyrene, Polypropylene, Homopolymer,and Polyethylene.

11/7/2022 --- Healing in the Warm Glow of a Parasitic Infection: Malaria Therapy for Neurosyphilis at Central State Hospital

Speaker: Sarah Halter --- Sarah Halter is the Executive Director of the Indiana Medical History Museum. She also serves on several Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards including: the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, the John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society, Easterseals Crossroads, the Association of Indiana Museums, Youth Enhancement and Training Initiative (YETI), and the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science. She is former Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Indianapolis. (Email: (Sponsored By: Russell Judd)(ID: 729)

Before penicillin, general paralysis, a form of neurosyphilis, was a common cause of institutionalization in mental hospitals like Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane. With no available treatments for the disease, patients there could only expect to receive final care. Once symptoms developed, most died within two years. The 1910 miracle drug for syphilis, Salvarsan 606, had no effect on neurosyphilis, but could one deadly disease be used to treat another? In this talk, Sarah Halter will discuss the development and efficacy of malaria therapy for neurosyphilis, its use at Central State Hospital beginning in 1925, and the gradual abandonment of it in favor of penicillin in the late 1940s.

11/14/2022 --- 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.

11/21/2022 --- (TBA)

11/28/2022 --- Krakatoa 1883

Speaker: William H. Dick --- Scientech Club Historian (Email: (Sponsored By: William H. Dick)(ID: 730)

Krakatoa was the deadlist volcano in history. Events leading up to the volcano and the aftermath are covered.

12/5/2022 --- Global Volunteer Neurosurgery in Nepal

Speaker: Richard V. Chua MD,FAANS,FACS --- Richard V. Chua, MD,FAANS,FACS Professor and Director of Spine, MIS and Robotics Department of Neurosurgery Banner -University Medical Center Tucson (Email: (Sponsored By: Gonzalo Chua MD)(ID: 733)

Along with colleagues and friends, I have been participating in Global Volunteerism by teaching and performing Neurosurgery at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. This hospital is known as the leader of Neurosurgery in Nepal and provides care to the underprivileged population of Nepal. TUTH established one of the first Neurosurgery Training programs in the country, assisted by visiting surgeons from the US and abroad. Once or twice a year, a group of neurosurgeons travel to Kathmandu to perform surgery on newer techniques and provide donations of medical equipment to the Teaching Hospital. During this talk, I will provide insight into our Global Neurosurgery Volunteerism in Nepal and share stories of our travels and experiences.” Richard V. Chua, MD, FAANS, FACS Professor of Neurosurgery Director, Spine MIS and Robotics Medical Director, Comprehensive Spine Program University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Banner University Medicine– Tucson 1501 N. Campbell Ave. | PO Box 245070 | Tucson, AZ 85724 Tel (520) 626-2164 | Fax (520) 626-8313 | Cell (520) 820-3832

12/12/2022 --- Annual Meeting, Elections and Report of Scientech Foundation activities

Speaker: Joyce Mallette and Joe Abella --- Joyce Mallette is President of the Scientech Club. Joe Abella is a member of the Scientech Club board and Vice President of the Scientech Foundation. (Sponsored By: Rick Whitener)(ID: 725)

This will be the required annual meeting of the Scientech Club. Officers for 2023 will be elected. Joe Abella will give a summary of the activities of the Scientech Foundation over the past year.

1/9/2023 --- 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.

1/16/2023 --- (TBA)

1/23/2023 --- (TBA)

1/30/2023 --- (TBA)

2/6/2023 --- (TBA)

2/13/2023 --- (TBA)

2/20/2023 --- (TBA)

2/27/2023 --- (TBA)

3/6/2023 --- (TBA)

3/13/2023 --- (TBA)

3/20/2023 --- (TBA)

3/27/2023 --- (TBA)