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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