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 --- The 21st Century: the Golden Age of Health Quackery? Speaker: Hunter Heath, MD (Email: calciophile@gmail.com) Sponsored By: self

Medical quackery through most of history represented only deviance from the most widely accepted practices, with the pecuniary interests of the mainstream doctors at stake. With the emergence of scientific medicine, the distinction between quackery and rational, proven medical practices became clearer. However, the digital revolution and public gullibility have made today the Golden Age of Quackery. There are ways to sort out fact from fantasy and protect oneself from being misled.
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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 hospital’s 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 patient’s perspectives.
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4/26/2021 --- Ernie Pyle: The Solder's Friend Speaker: Ray Boomhower (Email: RBoomhower@indianahistory.org) 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.
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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 (Email: raybusmann@gmail.com) 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!
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5/10/2021 --- What's New at the Zoo Speaker: Dr. Rob Shumaker (Email: akerrick@indyzoo.com) 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.
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5/17/2021 --- The Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Speaker: Dennis Groth 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.
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5/24/2021 --- Engineering an IndyCar for racing success Speaker: Ross Bunnell, Colin Zagel (Email: karina.redmond@dalecoyneracing.com) Sponsored By: Becky Lomax

The engineers will cover what goes into the preparation of a car for qualifying, oval or road course racing. Set up and in-race adjustments will be part of the discussion. Their discussion will come from inside one of the Dale Coyne garages at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with on site video to help explain some of the content.
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6/7/2021 --- 1925 - The Death of Madge Oberholzer & the Decline of the KKK in Indiana. Speaker: William H. Dick (Email: whdick42@tds.net) 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.
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6/9/2021 --- TOUR--- Exactly 1 hour Zoom online tour at the Circle City Clubhouse - Central Indiana Speaker: Jay Brubaker JD Executive Director (Email: jay@centralindianaclubhouse.org) Sponsored By: Robert Walson PhD member Scientech

Up to 1 hour Zoom tour of the CircleCityClubhouse.org 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.
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6/14/2021 --- Using Analytics, Research and Statistics to guide football strategy Speaker: John Park (Email: John.park@colts.nfl.net) Sponsored By: Fred Hecker

Analytics uses math, game theory, and statistical methods to predict outcomes and probabilities. Also they give probability calls to the Coach Reich on 4th downs for his consideration. John Park will talk about how he and his staff help the Colts coaches develop game plans. We will pass along questions to John that we might gather from members before his talk. Here are a few of the topics we have passed along to him: What types of statistical analysis do you and your staff do to help with game plans? What is your role during a game? Can you give us some examples from past games where your research led to specific play calls? I see you have a Masters in Actuarial Science. If a young person wanted to get involved in sports analytics, what courses of study do you think would be helpful?
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6/21/2021 --- "The Cosmological Imperative" Speaker: Sherwood Waggy (Email: sherwoodwaggy@optonline.net) 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.”
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6/28/2021 --- Overdose Lifeline Speaker: Kourtnaye Sturgeon (Email: kourtnaye@overdoselifeline.org) 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.
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7/12/2021 --- Sports Neurology Speaker: Bert Vargas, M.D. (Email: bertvargasmd@gmail.com) 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.
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7/19/2021 --- Contagion:Plagues,Pandemics and Cures Speaker: Richard Gunderman MD (Email: rbgunder@OI.edu) 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.
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7/26/2021 --- Freaks & Strange Things: Irvington Architecture Speaker: Paul C. Diebold (Email: PDiebold@dnr.IN.gov) Sponsored By: William H. Dick

Paul Diebold will give a background to Irvington, a Historic District on the East Side of Indy. He will further discuss its Architecture dating back over 100 years.
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8/2/2021 --- We Have All the Charts and Graphs: The Science of Harm Reduction Speaker: Chris Abert (Email: chrisabert@gmail.com) Sponsored By: Joyce Mallette

Overview of the 40 years of peer reviewed research on the efficacy Harm Reduction as an effective response to the Methamphetamine/Opioid Crisis
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8/9/2021 --- CRISPR-Cas9 Technology, Gene Editing for the Future Speaker: Levi Beverly (Email: levi.beverly@louisville.edu) Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer

Jennifer Doudna & Emmanuelle Charpentier received the Noble Prize in Chemistry for their discovery of this process. This talk will discuss the process and applications of gene editing to disorders such as cancer and genetic diseases.
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8/16/2021 --- Old Drugs, New Issues: Cannabis and OWI in the Recreational Age- Speaker: Michele Glinn PhD F-ABFT (Email: michele.glinn@gmail.com) Sponsored By: Karen Bumb/Sarah Halter

This presentation explains the effects of cannabis on the human body and on cognitive function. A little chemistry, physiology and law review provides a better understanding of the history of cannabis and its use in the US. How does cannabis impair driving? What type of scientific evidence is available? Prosecuting for driving under the influence of cannabis has changed as the law has changed and concludes with discussion of a typical cannabis-OWI case.
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8/23/2021 --- Clues for the Kidney Stone Detective Speaker: William H. Dick, M.D. (Email: whdick42@tds.net) Sponsored By: William H. Dick

The Discovery of the Cause for Ammonium Urate Kidney stones is Reviewed.
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8/30/2021 --- China's One Child Policy Speaker: Richard Gunderman (Email: rbgunder@IU.edu) Sponsored By: Rick Whitener

China's "One Child policy," in force from 1980 to 2015, represents the largest effort to control human reproduction in world history. This talk will review the number of births prevented, the number of forced sterilizations, abortions, and infanticides, and the long-term demographic consequences of the program. For example, within a couple of decades, the number of people in China over age 65 will outnumber the populations of every nation on earth, except India and China. Moreover, the number of workers to retirees will drop from 6 to 1 to 1.5 to 1. Sex selection was also an issue, and it is estimated that there are 45 million more men than women in the nation, which is creating another set of problems.
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9/13/2021 --- The Three-Legged Stool of Research, Education and Advocacy Speaker: Paula Grisanti (Email: paula@nationalstemcellfoundation.org) Sponsored By: Doug Gettelfinger

An overview of NSCF's research collaborations and partnerships, including a first-in-man study of neurodegeneration on the International Space Station; the large and growing gap between available STEM jobs and the U.S. STEM-educated graduates who can fill them; why providing access to clinical trials for children of limited means accelerates discovery - and how all of them are connected.
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9/16/2021 --- TOUR--- Model airplanes, making them and flying them Speaker: Thomas Maxam (Email: thomasmaxam@att.net) Sponsored By: Russel.l Judd

These planes and flying them have become quite sophisticated, but fun. Several club members make and fly them. They fly them near Michigan road and Hwy 32 There is parking for 20 cars, Fall is a good time to watch. An alternative date is good in case of rain. The address of the property is 3881 N. 1000 East, Sheridan, IN 46069. Club members are invited to bring along chairs and a picnic for after the flying demonstrations. It takes about 30-35 minutes of driving time from the Northside Events Center to get to the field. Flying will start at 10:00 AM and wrap up by noon.
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9/20/2021 --- Contributions of Nobel Prize winners in Medicine, Chemistry, Physics and Economic Science Speaker: Alan Schmidt, Tom Lauer (Email: tlauer802@gmail.com alan.schmidt@att.net) Sponsored By: Jim Willson

Tom Lauer will summarize the contributions of the Nobel winners for Medicine of Physiology. Drs. Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice on Monday received the prize for their discovery of the hepatitis C virus. The Nobel committee said the three scientists had “made possible blood tests and new medicines that have saved millions of lives.” Alan Schmidt will summarize the work of the winners for Chemistry: Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for their work on the development of Crispr-Cas9, a method for genome editing.
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9/27/2021 --- TOUR--- Current polar bear research and behind the scenes tour of the Indianapolis Zoo Speaker: Dr. Steven Amstrup Sponsored By: Dr. Rob Shumaker and Rick Whitener

The Indianapolis Zoo will host Scientech Club members in the Dolphin Pavilion beginning with lunch around 11:15 AM. At noon, Dr. Steven Amstrup will talk about recent research into the status of polar bears and efforts that are underway to help their numbers recover. After the program, zoo staff members bring in some 'animal ambassadors' to visit with club members. Staff from the Center for conservation will also come in to answer questions on their work.
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10/4/2021 --- Managing the Midwest electrical grid Speaker: Tari Jung (Email: hjung@misoenergy.org) Sponsored By: Rick Whitener

Ms. Jung will discuss how MISO works with the providers of electric power to meet fluctuating demand. The talk with include how changes in the mix of power sources affect this mission.
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10/11/2021 --- Contributions of 2020 Nobel Prize winners in Physics and Economic Science Speaker: Dick Carter Xiang Li (Email: gotownrichard@gmail.com xli4@butler.edu) Sponsored By: Jim Willson

Dick Carter will summarize the award for Physics which was presented to Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez for their discoveries that have improved understanding of the universe, including work on black holes. Xiang Li will summarize the award for Economic Science which was presented to Paul R. Milgrom and Robert B. Wilson for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.
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10/18/2021 --- Detecting Lies – What works, what doesn’t work, and what may produce a false confession Speaker: Greg Wright (Email: cfegreg@gmail.com) Sponsored By: GREG WRIGHT

Detecting Lies – What works, what doesn’t work, and what may produce a false confession: polygraph; Reid Interviewing Technique; Neuro-Linguistic Programming; Behavior Detection Officer Training; Dr. Mehrabian’s 7% Rule; body language training; the P.E.A.C.E. method; or micro-body language training? Greg is a Certified Fraud Examiner. He has interviewed hundreds of individuals including persons of interest, biased witnesses, unbiased witnesses, and fraudsters.
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