The Scientech Club Program Calendar

Until further notice, all presentations and meetings are via Zoom Teleconferencing.


4/26/2021 --- Ernie Pyle: The Solder's Friend

Speaker: Ray Boomhower --- Senior Editor Traces Magazine Indiana Historical Society (Email: (Sponsored By: William H. Dick)

Erne Pyle was from Dana, IN. He attended at Indiana University. studying Journalism. He served in military in WW II, based in N. Africa, Italy and the Far East. Pyle earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for a column about Cpt. Waskow. He died at the hands of a sniper on a Japanese island in 1945.

5/3/2021 --- IF IT WEREN’T FOR OPERA… I would not know a thing about JOSEPH BOLOGNE, the Chevalier de SAINT-GEORGES!

Speaker: Ray Busmann --- Ray Busmann was born and raised in Germany, where he hosted classical music radio shows. Since his move to Southern California in 1992, Ray has worked as a teacher for vocational schools, and as a German translator and voice-over artist for feature films. Presently, he is employed by the Los Angeles Public Library and is enjoying his ninth season as a volunteer Community Educator for LA Opera. (Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

He inspired Mozart; he commissioned Haydn; he was the best fencer and the most virtuosic violinist of his time; he led a battalion of 1,000 soldiers to fight for equality in the French Revolution… and he was Black! Let’s get to know this much neglected composer of concertos and operas!

5/4/2021 --- Board Meeting

5/10/2021 --- What's New at the Zoo

Speaker: Dr. Rob Shumaker --- Dr. Shumaker is President of the Indianapolis Zoo. The Zoo is a nonprofit organization that does not receive tax support and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. He is an evolutionary biologist who was instrumental in setting up the First Global Center for Species Survival, a partnership with the Zoo and the International Union for Conservation of Nature. (Email: (Sponsored By: Rick Whitener)

Dr. Shumaker will provide a comprehensive presentation regarding the Zoo’s conservation efforts, including the Indianapolis Prize and the Global Center for Species Survival. He will highlight what makes the Indianapolis Zoo a great destination for families and visitors.

5/17/2021 --- The Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering

Speaker: Dennis Groth --- Dean, Luddy School of Informatics B.S.Loyola University of Chicago, 1983 PhD, Indiana University,2002 (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

A brief history of the Luddy School, providing a description of key research activities. The Luddy School's academic programs will be described.

5/24/2021 --- (TBA)

6/1/2021 --- Board Meeting

6/7/2021 --- 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)

6/9/2021 --- TOUR--- Exactly 1 hour Zoom online tour at the Circle City Clubhouse - Central Indiana

Contact: Jay Brubaker JD Executive Director --- Jay Brubaker is the Executive Director of Circle City Clubhouse. He is an attorney working in general practice litigation. He graduated from IU Law School. (Email: (Sponsored By: Robert Walson PhD member Scientech)

Up to 1 hour Zoom tour of the and on Facebook (CCCH) at 4141 Office Plaza Blvd 46254 on Westside of Indianapolis starting at 12 noon ususally Scheduled on Wednesdays. Explore this local community of adult members while they are supporting each other living with mental health issues as they finish educational aspirations, learn new skills and experience a regular programed day schedule so each can reach their full human potential and engage in meaningful self supporting work through self development with supportive partnership with Adult and Child Mental Health Center Indianapolis. There is a supportive program partnership with both the VA Radibusch Medical Center and the Indiana Department of Family Social Services(FSSA) and also private business and individual supportive regular annual donations. Jay Brubaker JD Executive Director will lead the tour and discussions afterwards exactly up to exactly 1 hour Zoom. SEE you then with no limit of attendees. Thank you in advance for attending.

6/14/2021 --- 1925 - The Death of Madge Oberholzer & the Decline of the KKK in Indiana.

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

Madge Oberholzer died at age 28, killed by D.C. Stephenson, Indiana leader of the KKK. He was convicted in her death. That led to the decline of the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana. For the pathologists in the club, this was the first use of autopsy results in a trial in Indiana.

6/21/2021 --- "The Cosmological Imperative"

Speaker: Sherwood Waggy --- Sherwood Waggy’s interest in astronomy began in middle school when he read through the entire shelf of astronomy books at the Goshen Library. Throughout his career as a software development professional, he has continued to observe celestial objects and share his avocation with others. Since 1987 he has been a member of a dozen astronomical clubs and national astronomy societies. (Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

There are very few cosmological imperatives. Examples include “stars and galaxies have been around for a very long while”, or “physical laws cannot change just any old time” (can they ever actually change at all?), or “the sky has to be dark”. Wait – the sky is dark? Why is the sky dark, and why is that darkness a cosmological imperative rather than a postulate? This is a presentation about Olber’s Paradox: what it is, and the different approaches that have been taken to resolve it.”

6/28/2021 --- Overdose Lifeline

Speaker: Kourtnaye Sturgeon --- Kourtnaye Sturgeon is director of Education for Overdose LifeLine. She will be joined by Justin Phillips, the executive director and founder of the organization. (Email: (Sponsored By: Marvin Miller)

Substance use disorder, often referred to as ddictions are chronic diseases of the brain. Unfortunately, individuals suffering from these diseases often go untreated for years. Scientific and medical communities do not support these disorders with enough research or clinical care resources afforded other chronic diseases. Current ways to treat and prevent these disorders are discussed.

7/6/2021 --- Board Meeting

7/12/2021 --- Sports Neurology

Speaker: Bert Vargas, M.D. --- Dr. Vargas is a neurologist, specializing in headache and sports neurology. He joined Eli Lilly in 2020, having previously been at the University Of Texas Southwestern and the Mayo Clinic. (Email: (Sponsored By: Dr. Alan D. Schmidt)

Dr. Vargas has been a neurotrauma consultant for the NFL and a member of the NFL Head, Neck, and Spine Committee. He was the head of the NASCAR neurotrauma program.

7/19/2021 --- Contagion:Plagues,Pandemics and Cures

Speaker: Richard Gunderman MD --- Professor Indiana University School of Medicine (Email: (Sponsored By: Jerry Kurlander )

Contagion: Plagues, Pandemics and Cures from the Black Death to Covid 19.The Microorganisms that Cause Infectious Disease -- discusses the discovery of infectious microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria and the individuals who made these discoveries, including the use of techniques such as light and electron microscopy.

8/3/2021 --- Board Meeting

9/7/2021 --- Board Meeting

10/5/2021 --- Board Meeting

11/2/2021 --- Board Meeting

12/7/2021 --- Board Meeting