Past Scientech Programs in 2022



1/10/2022 --- Eugenics in Indiana Speaker: Richard Gunderman (Email: rbgunder@iu.edu) Sponsored By: Rick Whitener (ID: 653)

Indiana adopted the first forced sterilization law in the world, and some of its most prominent citizens were eugenicists. In this presentation, we will review the history of this once-prevalent movement, which sought to improve humanity through control of human reproduction. Speaker will present in person.
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1/17/2022 --- Scientific Indiana Speaker: Duane Nickell (Email: duane_nickell@yahoo.com) Sponsored By: Dr. Alan Dale Schmidt (ID: 652)

Scientists with a significant Indiana connection have won a dozen Nobel Prizes. Unfortunately, the names of these scientists are unknown to the vast majority of the state’s citizens. Scientific Indiana celebrates science by presenting biographical sketches of seventeen scientific Hoosier heroes. Scientists who lived, worked or were educated in Indiana have made fundamental contributions to astronomy, biology, chemistry, and physics. Astronomer Vesto Slipher discovered that almost all other galaxies were moving away from our own Milky Way Galaxy. Biologist Alfred Kinsey was a pioneer in the field of human sexuality. Chemist Harold Urey discovered deuterium and worked on the Manhattan Project. And physicist Edward Purcell discovered nuclear magnetic resonance, the basis for MRI, one of the most significant medical advances in a century. Presenting at NEC
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1/24/2022 --- Indiana's space connection Speaker: Eric Williamson (Email: will1904@purdue.edu) Sponsored By: Tom Lunsford (ID: 644)

These enthusiastic students in Purdue's space program eagerly share Indiana's space connection and introduce the new possibility of a private. first-class journey into the great unknown! They are articulate, well informed, and excited about the program. Speakers will be presenting remotely due to University policy at this time. Club members are welcome join either at the Northside Event Center or via Zoom.
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1/31/2022 --- Insulin at 100: Indianapolis, Toronto, Woods Hole and the “Insulin Road” Speaker: Kathi Badertscher, Ph.D. (Email: Kcoon@iupui.edu) Sponsored By: Helmi Banta (ID: 656)

Covers the contributions of the team at Eli Lilly and Co to bring the discovery of insulin, at the University of Toronto, into large scale production for access by physicians and patients. She demonstrates how a large pharmaceuticals can be accountable to its shareholders while saving millions of lives. Also focuses on the collaboration of pharmaceutical firms, academia and government as the best avenue for innovation. Speaker will present in person.
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2/7/2022 --- The History of Oil Speaker: David Woll (Email: davidwoll1948@gmail.com) Sponsored By: David Woll (ID: 657)

David is a third generation independent oil producer spanning almost one hundred years. His subtopics will range from geology to fracking and from real estate law to taxes and everything in between. Speaker will present in person.
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2/14/2022 --- The Texas Liberators: Witnesses to the Holocaust Speaker: Dr. Aliza Wong (Email: aliza.wong@ttu.edu ) Sponsored By: Alison Brown (ID: 659)

With support of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, Dr. Wong and Texas Tech University created the Texas Liberator Project as a means of introducing the wider public to the experiences of U.S. soldiers who were witnesses to and actors in the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camps and serve as a portal to furthering Holocaust and genocide awareness and education. The multi-pronged project includes an education app; a website that features interactive maps, an Honor Roll of veteran liberators, bibliographies, filmographies and teacher resources; a traveling exhibit; and a book that has been provided free of charge to every public and private middle and high school in Texas. TexasLiberators.org The speaker will present remotely.
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2/21/2022 --- The Strange Case of Phineas Gage Speaker: William Dick (Email: whdick42@tds.net) Sponsored By: William Dick (ID: 663)

In 1848, Gage suffered a three-foot iron bar blasted through his cheek and out his head. He lived. This injury, for the first time, demonstrated that a part of the brain controls an action in the body.
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2/28/2022 --- The Webb Telescope Speaker: Greg Mccauley Kurt Williams Sponsored By: Russell Judd (ID: 666)

What the telescope will do. How it operates.
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3/7/2022 --- The Science of Smell Loss Speaker: Dr. Subinoy Das (Email: subinoydas@gmail.com) Sponsored By: Alison Brown (ID: 661)

CoViD-19 has damaged the chemosensory system (smell and taste) in greater than 90 % of patients. While most patients have regained their sense of smell and taste, many patient continue to suffer from persistent deficits. This talk will discuss the remarkable specificity of and introductory science about our sense of smell, with olfactory receptors encoded by more than 1000 genes. We will discuss how SARS-C0V-2 manages to damage our sense of smell despite olfactory neurons lacking a binding site for the virus. Finally we'll discuss simple strategies to help people regain their damaged sense of smell and tasted.
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3/14/2022 --- Sticks and stones may break my bones-- I must have osteoporosis! How we gain, lose, and protect our bones. Speaker: Hunter Heath MD (Email: calciophile@gmail.com) Sponsored By: Hunter Heath MD (ID: 662)

I can describe in easily understandable terms the growth and development of bone; the state of bone across the age range; how and why bone is lost; the personal consequences of bone loss; and the methods for slowing bone loss or reversing it in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
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3/21/2022 --- Indiana University [Judson Mead] Geologic Field Station, Cardwell Montana: Then & Now Speaker: Philip M. Coons, MD (Email: pcoons@iupui.edu) Sponsored By: Philip M. Coons, MD (ID: 677)

I propose to talk about the Indiana University [Judson Mead] Geologic Field Station which is located in the Tobacco Root Mountains of Southwestern Montana. During the summer of 1962 I was one of nine high school students who received National Science Foundation scholarships to attend the summer session. We traveled out in a convoy of carryalls and visited major sites of geologic interest along the way. During our time there we worked with various undergraduate and graduate students. In 2010,2012, and 2019 I attended two reunions there and a 70th anniversary celebration. I will discuss all of this and much more. My talk is a Power-Point presentation which is liberally peppered with photos and other illustrations.
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3/28/2022 --- Who Was Francis Scott Key? Speaker: William H. Dick (Email: whdick42@tds.net) Sponsored By: William H. Dick (ID: 655)

Francis Scott Key Wrote the Words to the Star Spangled Banner (Not the Music). We have celebrated it since 1814.
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4/4/2022 --- The Genetics of Aging and How to Live Longer Speaker: Glenn J. Bingle, MD, PhD, MACP (Email: 5844gjb@comcast.net) Sponsored By: Lyman H. Wolfla II (ID: 450)

This talked is based on David Sinclair, Ph.D. of Harvard Univ. Lifespan: Why we age and why we don't have to. Dr. Bingle will present in person.
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4/11/2022 --- Thomas Jefferson and his contributions to science and engineering. Speaker: David Best (Email: dbst.tj.gw@att.net) Sponsored By: Rick Whitener (ID: 680)

David Best will give his talk as Thomas Jefferson and will talk about Jefferson's 1) Inventions, many of which were associated with time and labor-saving methods; 2 his interests and contributions to meteorology by his weather recording information and its correlation of data with periodic phenomena such as breeding and migration of birds, or the appearance, flowering, and fruiting of plants; 3) his intense interest in agriculture and his meticulous record-keeping of his farm products; and 4) his membership in and presidency of The American Philosophical Society.
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4/18/2022 --- An Introduction to Fingerprint Examination: History, Science, and Practice Speaker: David Zauner (Email: Zauner98@aol.com) Sponsored By: Karen Bumb Lauer (ID: 466)

This talk begins with early anatomical studies of skin and extends to the critical role of fingerprints in personal identification today. Also, brief review of the anatomy of friction skin – the ridged skin on the hands and feet that produces fingerprints, palmprints, and footprints – and a discussion of the process by which unknown prints are compared to known prints in a forensic examination. Methods for finding fingerprints on different types of surfaces will be discussed. Finally, the presentation explains the role of fingerprint examination in criminal investigation and legal proceedings, and mentions some of the challenges fingerprint identification has faced in court. Check back in Spring 2022 for scheduling
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4/25/2022 --- The Covid-19 Story With Emphasis on New Technology Speaker: Richard W. Garrett (Email: rwgarrett@aol.com) Sponsored By: Self (ID: 669)

This presentation will focus on the technological breakthroughs that were employed to create a flurry on new vaccines. Some in our public are skeptical of the vaccines because of the speed of their creation and approval. They do not realize that decades of smaller scientific breakthroughs were available for the creation of these new products. The presentation will begin with some general comments then use a 18min. video to tell the technology story. I quote Dr. Hunter Heath, a recent speaker, who says: “In the history of biomedical science, the vaccine-development events of 2020-21 will be featured as one of the great advances in biomedical science of the century. This science will drive an explosion of new approaches to disease suppression and prevention via the endogenous immune system. This is a Very Big Deal!”
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5/2/2022 --- Tracking with Motus Wildlife System of Owls and Neotropical Migrants. Speaker: Brad Bumgardner (Email: bbumgardner@indianaaudubon.org) Sponsored By: Douglas K. Sherow (ID: 678)

Tracking birds with Motus into Central and South America. Brief history of bird banding. Background of the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, its location, functions and activities. Description of Indiana Dunes National Park Dunes and Mary Gray Humming Bird Festival.
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5/9/2022 --- Canadian Quartet Discovers Insulin Amidst Squabbles Speaker: ROGER ROBISON MD (Email: hotdog@compuserve.com) Sponsored By: SELF (ID: 668)

Dr. Banting was an out of work surgeon & knew nothing abouot research. Macleod gave him lab space as a nod to his WW I service. PhD student Best was engaged to teach Banting basic lab technique. Macleod was astonished when he returned from his usual 4 mo. vacation to find insulin. He hired chemist Collip to figure it all out. Collip fought with Banting, distrusted others so wrote nothing down then forgot the formula. Toronto only turned to Lilly in desperation.
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5/16/2022 --- A New Wishard is on the Way Speaker: Kathi Badertscher (Email: kcoon@iupui.edu) Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley (ID: 667)

From its small and undistinguished beginnings in the 1850s, City Hospital of Indianapolis grew into the primary charity hospital for the city and Marion County as well as one of the state's only adult Level One Trauma Centers. As an entirely new hospital begins to take its place, Kathi Badertscher looks at the history of the institution, its leaders, and its long and sometimes difficult relationship with the city.
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5/23/2022 --- TOUR--- Tour of Marian University EcoLab Speaker: Zach Sylvain (Email: zsylvain@marian.edu) Sponsored By: peggy sabens Rick Whitener (ID: 481)

Tour of Marian University EcoLab. The Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab is a 75-acre natural area on campus. It is a highly biodiverse area with rare wetland habitats and threatened animal species with a few miles of downtown Indianapolis. The goal is to restore and protect these lands for current and future residents. They offer field trip programs for students at several level and opportunities for older students to work on research projects. Our host will be Zach Sylvain, director of the facility. The tour is mostly outdoors over some uneven terrain. You need not be a mountain climber but we will probably cover more than a mile during the visit. The center is located at 3200 Cold Springs Road. There is parking by the Nature Center for those with limited walking range. Much more parking is on the east side of Cold Springs road near the Major Taylor Velodrome. To sign up for this tour, please send an email to RWhitener17@gmail.com , a text message to Rick at 317-345-0727 or call him at that number. We need your sign-ups by Tuesday, May 17. There is no charge for the tour, but getting the number attending will help our host plan for our visit. Please plan to arrive around 11:45 AM for the tour to begin at noon. We expect to finish shortly after 1:00 PM.
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6/6/2022 --- How Carbon Neutral Indiana is helping Indy Parks and Eli Lilly to generate carbon offsets. Speaker: Daniel Poynter (Email: dpoynter@carbonneutralindiana.org) Sponsored By: Douglas K.Sherow (ID: 679)

The local non-profit, Carbon Neutral Indiana received a grant from the Herbert Simon Family Foundation to pilot a program with Indy Parks. We're protecting urban forests to generate carbon offsets. Eli Lilly has been involved for the past year and said they'll purchase these offsets. The problem, though is that they'll need 20X more offsets than what this project will produce. So we're also launching a for-profit startup company to reforest Indian. Based on forecasted demand we think we can reforest 2M acres of Indiana by 2040, eventually generating $3.36B in annual carbon offset revenues for landowners.
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6/13/2022 --- The Russo-Ukrainian War, through the eyes of one Hoosier. Speaker: BENNY KO Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley (ID: 702)

From the first report of a Russian military buildup atound Ukraine, I knew intuitively a war could not be far off. But when the invasion actually came in Ferbuary of 2022, the havoc was far worse than I had imagined. The displacement of millions of Ukrainians is the largest refugee crisis of this century. I thought my medical service and goodwill might offer some comfort to these victims of war, particularly at the end of their long and hazardous exodus. Therefore, I spent a month at a refugee center in Budapest, living and eating in the same quarter as they do, and treating those who had fallen ill. It is an experience I will carry with me for the rest of my days and I like to share it with my Scientech friends in this talk.
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6/20/2022 --- A History of Color TV Receivers in the U.S. Speaker: Donald Willis (Email: willisindy@yahoo.com) Sponsored By: Donald Willis (ID: 681)

A history of Color TV in the U. S. starting with FCC approval of first color tv broadcasts in 1950. Includes start of sales, improvements through the years, adoption of HDTV in 1998. Includes auxiliary items like VCR’s, cable tv, HDMI.
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6/27/2022 --- TOUR--- Indiana medical museum and museum medical garden tour Speaker: Sarah Halter (Email: www.imhm.org.) Sponsored By: Russel.l Judd (ID: 660)

. Members can drive to the museum Scheduled for 11:30 .Maximum for each group is 40 and tours last 1 hour. After one group tours the museum, a second group could tour. The cost is $9 for seniors but Sarah said they might consider a discount for us. The particulars can be changed The museum is pretty flexible.
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7/11/2022 --- The Connection Between the Scientech/BSU Summer Institutes and MIT’s Open Learning Model Speaker: Chris Edwards (Email: scientechsummer@gmail.com) Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley (ID: 718)

America’s secondary education structure is best understood as a feudal system composed of nearly 14,000 different school districts. Almost all these districts feature a Seat-Time-Model that empowers an expensive educational bureaucracy rather than teachers and students. Staff shortages, bureaucratic paralysis, school violence, and unprecedented levels of public anger over school curricula are causing this feudal educational system to collapse in the most vulnerable areas. The MIT Open Learning structure, built around a Mastery Learning Model, is restructuring (and saving) higher education. Can it also save secondary education? With some slight modifications, the answer is yes.
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7/18/2022 --- Indiana State Board of Animal Health: Safeguarding Indiana's animals, food supply and citizens for more than a century. Speaker: Bret D. Marsh, DVM (Email: bmarsh@boah.in.gov) Sponsored By: Malcolm Mallette (ID: 690)

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) is a relatively small state agency but has significant and broad impact. Many Hoosiers are unfamiliar with the agency that is charged with maintaining the health of the state's animal population, inspecting animal sourced food products, assuring the welfare of animals and planning for emergencies. Dr. Bret Marsh will provide an overview of BOAH's four main mission areas. while highlighting the growth of Indiana's major animal sectors that present many challenges and opportunities as the agency looks to the future. (Plus, he will share a few stories from his distinguished career in public service.
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7/25/2022 --- Forensic Odontology and Mass Casualty Identification Speaker: Dr. Michael T. Goupil (Email: mtgoupil@comcast.net) Sponsored By: Russel Judd (ID: 689)

A variety of techniques are used in the identification of victims of mass casualty events. These identifications are extremely important for the families left behind. The process is very time sensitive and at the same time must be extremely accurate. The identification of human remains based on dental findings is an integral and important part of this process.
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8/1/2022 --- Mosquitos - Deadliest Hunter on the Planet Speaker: William Dick (Email: whdick42@tds.net) Sponsored By: William Dick (ID: 687)

Mosquitos have caused more disease than any other vector. This presentation reviews the types of diseases and the progress made in conquering them.
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8/8/2022 --- Four of the recent class of 2021 and notable legacy members of the hall of Fame Speaker: David Newill (Email: newill@ameritech.net) Sponsored By: Rick Whitener (ID: 688)

The Indiana Aviation Hall of Fame was established to recognize, honor, and perpetuate the memory of those special individuals who have made an enduring contribution to aviation or aerospace in Indiana, the nation, or the world through achievement, leadership, exceptional service, innovation, or entrepreneurial spirit. The presenter - an INAHOF Board member - will present four of the recent class of 2021 and some notable Legacy Members "did you know" stories.
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8/15/2022 --- Discovery and measurement of Mt Everest,the first Summit. Speaker: Jeff Rasley (Email: Jeffrasley@gmail.com) Sponsored By: Rick Whitener (ID: 723)

Jeff will describe the British "discovery" of Mt. Everest and the heroic efforts put forth to conquer the mountain, as well as, the measurement of its altitude. He will then discuss how extreme mountaineering has changed since the first summit in 1953. Finally, Jeff will share his personal experience of the 50th anniversary celebration including historic and personal photos.
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8/22/2022 --- Molecular mechanism of Parkinson's Disease Speaker: Quyen Hoang PhD (Email: qqhoang@iupui.edu) Sponsored By: Benny Ko MD (ID: 731)

Professor Hoang's talk will cover Parkinson`s disease at a molecular level. He will discuss possible paths to a cure for this disease in the future.
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8/29/2022 --- Visual problems in children, genetic and acquired. Speaker: Kathy Haider, MD; Erin Conboy, MD (Email: khaider@iupui.edu) Sponsored By: Russell Judd (ID: 686)

The talk will include diagnosis, testing, and present treatment as well as genetic research into these problems.
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9/12/2022 --- Re-Thinking Engineering Education at Marian University Speaker: Dr. Binh Q. Tran (Email: btran1@marian.edu) Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley (ID: 713)

Numerous reports by the Brookings Institution, Indy Chamber, and others have identified key competitive challenges to future economic opportunity and growth in Indianapolis, the region, and the state. These challenges include attracting and retaining technical talent, development of a sustainable and skilled workforce, improving educational attainment for broad segments of our population, and creating a culture conducive to innovation and new business formation. In response to these challenges, Marian University is launching the new E.S. Witchger School of Engineering starting in Fall 2022. Offering degree programs in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, and mechanical engineering as well as engineering physics, the new engineering school at Marian University is intentionally built to train engineers from and for Indiana in order serve the local and regional economy. This talk with discuss Marian’s approach to widening the funnel of students interested in engineering as a profession, development of a flexible curriculum for engineering and workforce development, and re-thinking the engineering training for the future workforce.
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9/19/2022 --- Nobel Prizes for 2021 in Chemistry and Physics Speaker: Alan Schmidt, Jim Willson (Email: alan.schmidt@att.net Jimwill7777@gmail.com) Sponsored By: Jim Willson (ID: 721)

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Benjamin List and David W.C. MacMillan for the development of asymmetric organoctalysis. The prize in physics for 2021 was awarded for groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex systems. One half of the prize was jointly awarded to Syukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann for the physical modeling of Earth's climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming. The other half was awarded to Giorgio Parisi for the discovery of the interplay of disorder and fluctuations in physical systems from atomic to planetary scales.
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9/26/2022 --- Nobel Prize winners for 2021 in Medicine and Economic Science Speaker: Tom Lauer and Rick Whitener (Email: tlauer@bsu.edu RWhitener17@gmail.com) Sponsored By: Jim Willson (ID: 720)

The prize for Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch. The prize for Economic Sciences was divided between David Card for his empirical contributions to labor economics and jointly to Joshua D. Angrist and Guido W. Imbens for their methodological contributions to the analysis of causal relationships.
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