Past Scientech Programs in 2024



1/8/2024 --- "US Education Is in Trouble, Let's Fix It! 22 Reform Proposals" Speaker: Richard W. Garrett (Email: rwgarrett@aol.com) Sponsored By: Self (ID: 1874)

This is Dick Garrett's 2nd book on educational reform. The above title was released by publisher Rowman and Littlefield in Aug., 2023. The contents of the book will be introduced in an easy-take 20 minute video produced by book publicist BookTrib. Upon the completion of the video, the balance of the time will be spent answering questions. Mr. Garrett will emphasize the short list of items that should lead the reform parade.
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1/15/2024 --- Prevention of Gun Violence Speaker: Jon T. Macy (Email: jtmacy@indiana.edu) Sponsored By: M.P. Meisenheimer (ID: 1872)

The speaker will review the problems of gun suicide and homicide and discuss his current research in this field.
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1/22/2024 --- The Silk Road Speaker: William H. Dick (Email: whdick42@tds.net) Sponsored By: William H. Dick (ID: 1866)

Nearly all of us know about the Silk Road. But where was it? When did it exist and for how long? This presentation will explain where the Silk Road was, and what was traded on the Road. Plus - there was a surprise visitor in the Road.
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1/29/2024 --- Building the Pyramids of Giza Speaker: Don Knebel (Email: knebeldonald@gmail.com) Sponsored By: Don Knebel (ID: 1883)

Having recently returned from my second trip to Egypt, I will talk about the history of the Pyramids of Giza, including the religious beliefs that motivated their construction. I will look at how they were built and by whom. The talk will include numerous photographs, many of which I have taken.
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2/5/2024 --- Money, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology Speaker: Rick Whitener (Email: RWHITENER17@GMAIL.COM) Sponsored By: Rick Whitener (ID: 1885)

The talk will cover the role of money in the economic system and how cryptocurrencies are attempting to play a similar role. Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies rely on the relatively new blockchain technology which has the potential to be used in other ways. The talk will cover the basics of this technology and recent news about blockchain. The talk will be half economics and half technology.
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2/12/2024 --- Neurology Cases of US Presidents-Part 2 Speaker: Robert Pascuzzi MD (Email: rpascuzz@iupui.edu) Sponsored By: Karen Bumb (ID: 1876)

As a sequel to Dr. Pascuzzi's presentation in November, he will continue to tell about more US presidents who experienced neurological illness. It is the story of the impact that these disorders can have not only on the presidents as patients but also on our country. Lincoln, Nixon and more......
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2/19/2024 --- John Locke - Philosopher and Physician Speaker: Richard Gunderman (Email: rbgunder@IU.edu) Sponsored By: Rick Whitener (ID: 1873)

John Locke is well known as the principal philosophical inspiration for the US Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, but far fewer people know that he was a physician and practiced medicine most of his adult life. In fact, many of Locke's great ideas can be traced to his experiences caring for patients, and they have great relevance and even urgency for contemporary medicine and biomedical science.
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2/26/2024 --- Latest developments in Alzheimer's disease research. Speaker: Sophia Wang (Email: sophwang@iupui.edu) Sponsored By: Russell Judd (ID: 1875)

The speaker will cover advances in modifying drugs to combat the disease including lecanemab. She will cover underlining mechanisms and indications as to who might benefit from these drugs as well as their risks. The talk will include discussion about caregiver burdens, neuropsychiatric symptoms, and behavior management. She will also discuss the DICE Approach, a systematic method for understanding, assessing and managing behavioral and psychological symptoms in dimentia. DICE stands for Describe, Investigate, Create, Evaluate.
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3/4/2024 --- Gene Stratton-Porter: Indiana author, amateur naturalist, feminist, and conservationist Speaker: Philip M Coons, MD (Email: pcoons@iupui.edu) Sponsored By: Linda Karwisch (ID: 1884)

This proposed talk is a PowerPoint presentation about the life of Indiana author Gene Stratton-Porter. It traces her life from her formative years on a farm in Wabash County, Indiana, to her two homes in Geneva and Rome City, Indiana, and finally her California years near Los Angeles, California where she was tragically killed in a streetcar accident. The talk is richly illustrated with pictures of Gene, her two homes in Indiana, and her wildlife photography.
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3/11/2024 --- Solar Eclipse Do's and Don'ts Speaker: Fritz Kleinhans (Email: fkleinha@IU.edu) Sponsored By: Fritz Kleinhans (ID: 1879)

Total Solar Eclipses are awesome. There is one coming up on April 8th, 2024, crossing Indiana and the US from Texas to Maine. Any fool can look up, gawk, and be totally amazed by a total solar eclipse. However,a great many phenomena occur in a short period of time; eerie light and colors, planets and stars, temperatures and wildlife, shadow cone, shadow bands, pin hole crescents, Baily's Beads, diamond ring effect, chromosphere, prominences, corona, coronal streamers, crowd ambiance, etc. To catch as many of these phenomena as possible, careful advanced planning is very beneficial. He will also talk briefly about photography.
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3/18/2024 --- The Science of Museology (Museum Studies) Speaker: Katie Haigh Sponsored By: Benny Ko (ID: 1880)

Brief description: Dating back to the 16th century, the science of museology (museum studies) includes the theoretical and practical methods for curating and caring for collections. Kathryn Haigh, President and CEO of the Eiteljorg Museum, has worked in fine art museums for 29 years and will delve into the science of caring for and preserving works of art in small and large museums. She will walk through the process of acquiring a work of art, including the research, analysis and legal and ethical issues that are considered, and discuss basic preventive maintenance and conservation techniques.
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3/25/2024 --- News from the Indiana Aviation Hall of Fame Speaker: David Newell (Email: dnewill@inahof.org) Sponsored By: Rick Whitener (ID: 1895)

The talk will cover the progress that the INAHOF has made in the last two years in engaging youth in aviation, the upcoming exhibit at the Indianapolis Airport and some information about the 2024 inductees into the Hall of Fame. The INAHOF in 2022 and 2023 expanded their outreach to young Indiana Aviators with Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship and University Air Race Classic Support. The 2024 Indiana Aviation Hall of Fame Honorees are: Joseph P. (“Joe”) Allen IV, PhD, NASA Astronaut John D. Riddle, Maj. Gen., USAF, decorated Vietnam combat pilot and military commander Wilbur A. ("Wil") Davis, US Navy veteran, decorated Vietnam pilot and Aviation Entrepreneur Larry W. Gross, Purdue University Educator, Indiana’s longest-serving FAA Pilot Examiner Worthe S. Holt, Jr., MD, Maj. Gen., USAF, Physician and Flight Surgeon, and Edmond Soliday, US Army Veteran, Airline Pilot, System Safety Engineer and Indiana State Representative
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4/1/2024 --- The Purdue Nuclear Reactor PUR-1 Speaker: True W. Miller (Email: mill1833@purdue.edu) Sponsored By: Rick Whitener (ID: 1881)

PUR-1 reactor facility director, True Miller, will speak about the uses of the Purdue research nuclear reactor. He will present via Zoom.
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4/15/2024 --- The Great American Songbook's Perfect Harmony - music and mind Speaker: Christopher Lewis and Renee La Schiazza (Email: clewis@thesongbook.org) Sponsored By: Robert Yee (ID: 1891)

The presentation will include a general overview of the work of the Great American Songbook Foundation. The organization fulfills its mission to inspire and educate by celebrating the American Songbook by curating a vast Library and archive of items representing some of our country’s greatest songwriters, lyricists, and performers; operating a multimedia exhibit gallery and traveling exhibits; overseeing the Songbook Hall of Fame; offering programs for the public and research opportunities for scholars and artists; and providing educational opportunities for student musicians, including the annual Songbook Academy summer intensive. The presentation will focus on a core program of the Foundation, Perfect Harmony®, which provides music resources that help care partners identify appropriate generational music and activities to engage older adults in a shared music experience. Perfect Harmony is a research-based program of therapeutic musical activities designed for people living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other neurodegenerative diseases. The presenters will discuss why the use of appropriate generational music can be an effective tool for engaging seniors. The presenters will discuss their work with music therapists to create and facilitate the Perfect Harmony® program and will share examples of the themed monthly resources. Comments: This program addresses medical issues, e.g. aging and dementia, and scientific issues, e.g. music and brain.
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4/22/2024 --- The Voyagers Speaker: Pat Crimans (Email: pat.crimans@gmail.com) Sponsored By: Pat Crimans (ID: 1894)

Subtitle: (How European Fashion and a Rodent Helped Shape a State and Explore and Modernize the American West(. This an important but little known, or taught, story about the earliest explorers of the great American frontier. It starts in the early 1600's and was driven by a fashion trend in Europe. The talk includes geology and natural history of the area as well as pre-USA history.
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4/29/2024 --- E-STEM: Meeting New Indiana Academic Standards in Science Speaker: Greg McCauley (Email: gmccauley@granduniverse.org) Sponsored By: Robert Yee (ID: 1893)

CATALYST (Purdue Univ.) and Grand Universe have launched an initiative to develop research-based instructional materials for middle school classrooms to meet new Indiana academic standards in science. E-STEM utilizes the rich data-based resoources of NASA's Earth Systems Observatory. It is contextualized in real-world phenomena and uses learning science through the integration of community-engaged engineering design.
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5/6/2024 --- The Cure For St. Anthony's Fire. Dawn of the Antimicrobial Age. Speaker: William Dick (Email: whdick42@tds.net) Sponsored By: William Dick (ID: 1871)

St. Anthony's Fire was an illness caused by Streptococcus germ. It caused a rash, fever and could be fatal. In the 11th century, no one knew the cause. In the early 1900's Sulfa was discovered. It would be until the 1930's before it was used to treat infections and save lives. More antibiotics were discovered and the things were never the same.
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5/13/2024 --- TOUR--- Tour of Purdue nuclear reactor PUR-1 at West Lafayette Speaker: True Miller (Email: mill1833@purdue.edu) Sponsored By: Rick Whitener (ID: 1882)

True Miller, Reactor Supervisor and N.E Radiation Laboratory coordinator has said Purdue would be happy to provide our club with a lecture and a tour of PUR-1. The Purdue folks have made arrangements to provide tours of two other scientific labs. We can have up to 45 people make the trip. We will split into 3 groups of 15 people to tour the PUR-1 lab and the other two labs. Tour 1 will start at 11:00 AM. Tour 2 will start at 11:50 AM and tour 3 will start at 12:40 PM. We will end all tours at 1:30 and then go to lunch at a nearby restaurant. The cost will be $35 per person for bus transportation there and back. We will leave from the NESC at 9:30 AM and will return around 4:00 PM.
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5/20/2024 --- Hidden Gems Speaker: Suzanne Stanis Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley (ID: 1900)

The talk will describe the history and architecture of historic places in Indiana, as well as the challenges of building restoration. The talk will include photos of Indiana's hidden gems and Landmark projects of homes, restaurants, shops, parks, cemeteries, covered bridges, and museums.
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6/3/2024 --- Walt Whitman in civil war hospitals Speaker: Richard Gunderman (Email: rbgunder@iu.edu) Sponsored By: Rick Whitener (ID: 1868)

Many know Walt Whitman as a great American poet. Fellow bard Ezra Pound called him “America’s poet,” writing “He is America,” 1 and the critic Harold Bloom wrote, “If you are American, then Walt Whitman is your imaginative father and mother.” United States President Bill Clinton was in the habit of giving copies of Whitman’s magnum opus, Leaves of Grass, to people he befriended. However, what many people don’t know is that Whitman spent most of the Civil War in hospitals near Washington, DC, working as a volunteer at the bedsides of thousands of wound- ed and sick soldiers. For this American greatest poet, life’s deepest lessons were to be found at the bedside, a lesson that should not be lost on physicians and patients today
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6/10/2024 --- Vasectomy: A History and an Indiana Legacy Speaker: Joel Vilensky (Email: javilensky@yahoo.com) Sponsored By: Rick Whitener (ID: 1901)

The talk will cover the history of this procedure which began as a means to reduce the size of the prostate in men with benign prostatic hypertrophy which proved to be ineffective. At the beginning of the 20th century, the eugenics movement led to the use of vasectomy as a procedure for sterilizing men considered unfit to reproduce. Dr. Harry Sharp lobbied for the world's first compulsory sterilization law in Indiana. He performed hundreds of forced vasectomies on prisoners at the Indiana Reformatory in Jeffersonville. After World War II and the decline of the eugenics movements, vasectomy finally became firmly identified as an effective and safe means of birth control. Between 500,00 and 750,000 procedures are performed each year in the US, but it is still notably less prevalent than female sterilization due to the misguided notions in men that vasectomy reduces sexual ability and orgasm.
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