Past Scientech Programs in 2021



1/4/2021 --- Drugs Down the Drain Speaker: Dr. Melody Bernot (Email: mjbernot@bsu.edu) Sponsored By: Tom Lauer

Pharmaceuticals are commonly found in our natural waterways. Entrance to this habitat has been increasingly from individuals that simply flush drugs down the drain, where they end up throughout our envieronment. This presentation will discuss the widespread distribution of these drugs in the U.S. and specifically some of the drugs commonly seen.
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1/11/2021 --- Suicide in the U.S. Current Data & Interventions Speaker: S. Conroy (Email: sconroy@iu.edu) Sponsored By: Marvin Miller

There are 40,000 deaths by suicide in the U.S. each year, and despite advances in mental health treatment, the suicide rate has continued to rise each year since 1999. This talk will include the demographics and characteristics of suicide in the U.S. There will be a brief discussion of neuroscientific research , and an overview of interventions to mitigate various suicidal behavior.
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1/18/2021 --- One Year History of the NeuroDiagnostic Institute Speaker: Jerry Sheward MD (Email: Jerry.Sheward@fssa.IN.gov) Sponsored By: Marvin Miller

Will review current status of treatment of persons with severe mental illnesses and the NDI Hospital.
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1/25/2021 --- IU Mobile Stroke Unit: Primary Stroke Center on Wheels Speaker: Dr. Jason Mackey (Email: JMackey3@iuhealth.org) Sponsored By: Karen Bumb

Acute ischemic stroke is the leading cause of disability and a highly time-sensitive condition. Reperfusion of occluded brain vessels is critical but requires head imaging. Mobile Stroke Units are ambulances equipped with CT scanners so that we can bring stroke diagnosis and treatment to the pre-hospital setting. The IU mobile stroke unit is one of about 20 in the United States and is part of a national trial that is testing this new way to deliver care.
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2/1/2021 --- Yeast: Bread, Booze, and Biology Speaker: Matthew Bochman (Email: bochman@indiana.edu) Sponsored By: Rosalind Webb

A professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Bochman discussed the intersection of science and Saccharomyces cerevisiae, more commonly known as baker's yeast.
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2/8/2021 --- Discovering New Galaxies in the Nearby Universe Speaker: Dr. Katherine L. Rhode (Email: www.astro.indiana.edu/faculty/rhode.shtml) Sponsored By: Malcolm Mallette

Over the past decade, surveys have revealed the presence of dozens of low-mass "dwarf" galaxies in the neighborhood around our home galaxy, the Milky Way. She will explain how she is using data from the Arecibo Radio Telescope in Puerto Rico and the WIYN optical telescope in Arizona to find new galaxies in the neighborhood of our galaxy.
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2/15/2021 --- John Evans, His Life and Times Speaker: Richard Gunderman, M.D. (Email: rbgunder@iu.edu) Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer

Afounder of Central State Hospital, Founder of Northwestern University and the University of Denver. Second Territorial Govenor of Colorado. ,
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2/22/2021 --- Nutritional Aspects of Human Space Flight Speaker: Sara Rathman Zwart (Email: Sara.Zwart-1@NASA.gov) Sponsored By: John Rathman

A discussion of the space food system and operational activities and research projects currently being conducted in NASA's Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory.
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3/1/2021 --- Discovering the Universe Speaker: Prof. Fritz kleinhans (Email: starman@iupui.edu) Sponsored By: Dick Carter

Discovering the Universe = How humanity has discovered what is out there! The timing, the instruments, and the science discoveries that have evolved.
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3/8/2021 --- Gone (NOT) Phishing Speaker: Joann K. Davis (Email: joannkaydavis@gmail.com) Sponsored By: JOANN KAY DAVIS

One of the biggest risks we as individuals face is the constant threat of malicious phishing emails and messages seeking to steal our private information. I plan to use actual examples I am now collecting of these emails and messages as I receive them. I also have a lot of background information to share on cyber security in general and tips on staying safe on Facebook and the internet.
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3/15/2021 --- Our Bizarre Universe Speaker: Greg McCauley (Email: gmccauley@linkobservatory.org) Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer

Strange and unusual facts about our universe.
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3/22/2021 --- Who's Managing the Fish? A Commentary on the Fishes of the Great Lakes Speaker: Thomas Lauer (Email: tlauer802@gmail.com) Sponsored By: Karen Bumb Lauer

Canada and the United States share the Great Lakes fishery, a binational treasure worth more than $7 billion annually to the people of the two nations. The fishery attracts millions of anglers, supports valuable commercial and charter fishing, is a mainstay for native peoples, and is the very fabric of a healthy environment. The Great Lakes Fishery Commission, operating through the 1954 Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries, today facilitates successful cross-border cooperation that ensures the two nations work together to improve and perpetuate this fishery. While the lakes fall under the jurisdictions of two nations, eight states, one province, and several tribes, the fishery resources do not observe political boundaries. Canada and the United States recognized decades ago that the best way to manage and sustain the fishery is through continuous, binational cooperation.
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3/29/2021 --- Radio station W9VW Speaker: Lyman (Hank) Wolfla (Email: hwolfla@gmail.com) Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer

Hank Wolfla K9LZJHas been a ham radio operator for 63 years. He will discuss how to get a license and what you need to know. He will give a powerpoint presentation followed by a Youtube video show2ing W9VW, a station that he and 5 other hams have constructed in Greenfield. This station can be operated from anywhere in the world, and he routinely uses it operating from Perth, Australia. W9Vw routinely ranks in the top 5% of large radio stations in the USA.
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4/5/2021 --- Manifest Destiny: President James K. Polk, 11th President of United States Speaker: William H. Dick (Email: whdick42@tds.net) Sponsored By: William H. Dick

James K. Polk was president during the Mexican War and that secured much of the Southwest for the U.S. He also settled the Oregon border dispute with England. He was the only president who was speaker of the House. He announced that gold had been discovered in California.
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4/12/2021 --- Bats of Indiana(and Beyond) Speaker: Ryan Slack (Email: rslack@cecinc.com) Sponsored By: Becky Lomax

He will touch upon everything from myths surrounding bats, their specialized anatom, habitats and conservation, why they are important, the threats they face, bat species native to Indiana, the truth about bats and rabies and the latest in bat call analysis.
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4/19/2021 --- Re-humanizing the Indiana Medical History Museum specimen collection. Speaker: Sarah Halter (Email: shalter@imhm.org) Sponsored By: Karen Bumb

When the Pathological Department at Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane was established in 1896, it had two goals- Education and Research. The present collection at IMHM consists of preserved organs, mostly brains, of patients who died at the hospital and were autopsied in the building. However, what was missing in the interpretation of the specimens were the patients themselves. These are the people for whom the hospital existed and for whom many of the administrators, medical staff worked hard to help throughout the hospitalís long history. These patients felt the brunt of the negative side of that history when things went wrong-- whether through lack or misappropriation of funds, lack of staff training, or lack of understanding of mental diseases or treatment. This is the story from some of those patientís perspectives.
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