Scientech Program Calendar


5/28/2018 --- Memorial Day-No Meeting

6/4/2018 --- TOUR--- Tour of Stark Neurosciences Research Institute at IU School of Medicine

Contact: Dr. Bruce Lamb --- (Email: (Sponsored By: Jim Bettner and Ken Crook)

This would be a follow-up to Dr. Bruce Lamb's presentation to the Club on October 30, 2017, re current Alzheimer's disease research . The tour would involve visits to some of the research laboratories at Stark Neurosciences Research Institute, and would highlight some of the research and diagnostic tools, such as advanced imaging capabilities, to which Dr. Lamb referred in his talk. The tour could accommodate up to 40 people, who would be divided into smaller groups. The logistics of travel should be manageable since the Institute is located just north of downtown Indy at 320 West 15th Street. There is a parking garage there, and tour participants could drive there individually, but depending on the level of interest the Club may want to arrange bus transportation from the northside. There would be no cost for the tour, and lunch would not be included. The tour would likely take no longer than 1 1/2 to 2 hours, but the specifics would need to be determined by Stark.

6/5/2018 --- Board meeting

6/11/2018 --- Pictures at an Exhibition

Speaker: Robert Pascuzzi MD --- Professor & Chair- Dept. of Neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine. (Email: (Sponsored By: Karen Bumb )

Famous musicians & composers are in a way like close friends. They have used the most uniquely human brain functions to create, express and share their ideas & feelings. The convergence of their neurological disorders, brain function & music provides us with a gallery of stories that both entertain & inform. From Ravel to Rachmaninoff, from Guthrie to Gershwin...these tales & others will be shared from the perspective of a clinical neurologist.

6/18/2018 --- "Road Map to Racism" - Making of 1890 Mississippi Constitution

Speaker: Dorothy Overstreet Pratt --- Professor of History - Emeritus, University of Notre Dame and University of South Carolina; author "Sowing The Wind - The Mississippi Constitutional Convention of of 1890" and "Shipshewana: An Indiana Amish Coommunity" (Email: (Sponsored By: Robert Yee)

Suffering from economic calamity of the Civil War and Reconstruction, white Mississippians call a constitutional convention to protect themselves from Federal control and the threat of African American power. Elite, white plantation owners and poor white farmers agree to disenfranchise African Americans, but battle among themselves for political power. What they create is a model for racist constitutions of Southern States and legalization of "Jim Crow".

6/25/2018 --- Indiana's Central State Hospital

Speaker: Chuck Hazelrigg --- Dr. Chuck Hazelrigg is a graduate of Butler University in pharmacy and pediatric dentistry. He collects vintage Indiana postcards of small towns, drug stores, sanitariums, asylums and even prisons. Chuck, who lives in Carmel, presented the history of Hook's Drug Stores to a Scientech meeting in 2014. He also does history presentations about the former Central State Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was the in-house dentist for many years. (Email: (Sponsored By: Robert Yee)

A power point pictorial history of Indiana's first Insane Asylum will be presented by Chuck Hazelrigg, R.Ph., D.D.S. and former employee of the hospital. He will place emphasis on the opening of the institution in November of 1848 and the three major buildings, viz. Department for Men, Department for Women and the Sick Hospital. He will show numerous pictures of the interior and exterior of these buildings. In addition, his presentation will show the medical staff personnel as well as two superintendents of the hospital, Drs. George Edenharter and Max Bahr who served a combined total of 58 years in the position of superintendent.

7/2/2018 --- Independance Day-No Meeting

7/9/2018 --- A Trip Along the Spine of the U.S.- The Rocky Mountains

Speaker: Lou Stanley --- (Email: (Sponsored By: Bill Stanley)

Join the Stanley’s on a trip along the spine of the country – the Rocky Mountains. We’ll travel through the mountain states, passing by the stunning and well known National Parks to visit some of the less visited spots from Head Smashed In in the North to Grapevine Canyon in the South. Along the way we’ll go on foot, by car, by boat, on horseback and by balloon.

7/10/2018 --- Board meeting

7/16/2018 --- Natural History of Central Indiana,past,present,future.

Speaker: Tom Swinford --- Assistant Director of Indiana Department of Natural Resources- Nature Preserves. Tom is recognized as an authority of the landscapes, flora and fauna of Central Indiana. (Email: (Sponsored By: Douglas Sherow)

Tom will touch on the geologic history of Indiana starting with the glaciers and how geology formed natural communities.Highlighted will be the eight state nature preserves in Marion County-the highest quality natural areas remaining within Indianapolis city limits. This includes the sizeable preserves of Ft. Harrison and Eagle Creek, which form the core of two of Indiana's designated Important Bird Areas.

7/23/2018 --- (TBA)

7/30/2018 --- An Overview of the Latest Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Physics, and Medicine

Speaker: Dick Carter, Alan Schmidt, Ton Lauer --- (Email: All club members - see roster) (Sponsored By: Jim Willson)

Back by popular request, this program provides a discussion of the most recent Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Physics, and Medicine. The presenters are all Scientech members who are respected experts in their respective fields.

8/6/2018 --- Women in Engineering

Speaker: Terri Talbert-Hatch, Ed.D --- Associate Dean for Recruitment, Retention and Student Service, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI Ed.D. Indiana University (Email: (Sponsored By: Joe Abella)

Dr. Talbert-Hatch will describe the challenges and progress of recruiting women to pursue engineering and technology academic disciplines. The Scientech Foundation supports POWER (Promoting Outstanding Women for Engineering Roles) a summer resident camp at IUPUI for high school females who are considering pursuing an engineering degree. POWER is managed by Dr. Talbert-Hatch.

8/7/2018 --- Board meeting

8/13/2018 --- Pharmaceuticals in Indiana Freshwaters

Speaker: Melody Bernot, PhD --- Associate Professor Department of Biology Ball State University Muncie, IN 47306 (Sponsored By: Thomas Lauer)

Prescription and over the counter pharmaceuticals have been measured in Indiana streams and rivers and their abundance and factors controlling concentrations will be discussed. Additionally, the potential for these emerging contaminants to have adverse effects on aquatic ecosystems and water resources was assessed experimentally and will be described.

8/20/2018 --- Ice age in Indiana exhibit

Speaker: Susannah Koerbor --- Chief curator and research officer Indiana State Museum (Email: (Sponsored By: Steve springer)

The Indiana State Museum has a new exhibit which explores how this area was affected by the last ice age, addressing flora, fauna, and geology.

8/27/2018 --- (TBA)

9/3/2018 --- Labor Day-No Meeting

9/10/2018 --- Hearing loss and cochlear implant treatment

Speaker: Dr Ben Copeland MD --- Dr Copeland is a practicing otorhinolaryngologist in Indianapolis who specializes in cochlear implant treatment of deafness. (Sponsored By: David Bash)

Dr Copeland will describe the magnitude of hearing loss and its treatment with cochlear implant technology

9/11/2018 --- Board meeting

9/17/2018 --- Production of Nuclear Medicines

Speaker: John Zehner --- Dr of Pharmacy, specializing in Nuclear Pharmacy (Sponsored By: Steve Springer)

Attributes and uses of nuclear medicines. Uses for diagnosis and treatment. How they are produced and distributed to the radiologist and hospitals.

9/24/2018 --- Genetically Modified Plants: Marvel or Malady

Speaker: Peter Goldsbrough --- Peter Goldsbrough has been a professor of plant biology at Purdue University for more than 30 years. During his time at Purdue GMOs have developed from a scientific breakthrough to an im- portant tool for crop improvement. He has taught an undergraduate class on agricultural biotechnology for more than 20 years. (Email: (Sponsored By: Karen Bumb)

Genetically modified organisms have been one of the most controversial topics in food and agriculture over the last twenty years. This presentation will discuss how GMOs are made and used, compare these methods to others that are used to develop new varieties, and present the case for why these and other new methods of genetic modification are important for the future.

10/1/2018 --- Aquatic Habitat: What Is It And Why Does It Matter?

Speaker: Thomas Lauer --- PhD Purdue University George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Biology Emeritus - Ball State University (Email: (Sponsored By: Thomas Lauer)

A brief explanation of "Habitat" will be followed by an empirical evaluation of fish in Eagle Creek Reservoir. This study demonstrated that specific habitats are required for individual species. Moreover, the results of this study can be easily applied to all habitat types and organisms in our environment. The study is but one of many studies that show how fragile, yet important, our natural world can be.

10/2/2018 --- Board meeting

10/8/2018 --- Postcards of World War I

Speaker: Chuck Hazelrigg --- Dr. Chuck Hazelrigg, R.Ph.,D.D.S. is a graduate of Butler University in pharmacy and pediatric dentistry. He collects vintage Indiana postcards of small towns, drug stores, sanitariums, asylums and even prisons. He presented a Scientech talk in 2014 about the history of Hook's Drug Stores. (Email: (Sponsored By: Robert Yee)

What started as a hobby in collecting World War I postcards, has now escalated to a collection of nearly 200 postcards of the first World War...most are German. This is a power point presentation of numerous postcards, which Chuck has placed in the following groups: battlegrounds; wounded soldiers; prisoners of war; weapons; civilians & children; cemeteries; foods; and the start & end of the war. In the past year or so, a different WW I postcard was brought to my attention from my source in Germany. It is a hand-drawn watercolor picture on a postcard by a military person, illustrating a cartoon or cariture of the war. These are rare and difficult to find. Every picture in this presentation is a postcard and many are RPPC (Real Photo Post Cards). In 1907, Kodak enabled customers to make postcards from the pictures they took. The Federal legislation permitted senders to include a message on the back of the postcard. This provided a massive photo history throughout the world.

10/15/2018 --- On the Track of Shackleton-A trip to Antarctica

Speaker: Lou Stanley --- (Email: (Sponsored By: Bill Stanley)

Join the Stanleys on a trip to Antarctica. We’ll follow the track of Shackleton and Nordenskjold from South Georgia to the Weddell Sea and Elephant Island and back, explore some of the more scenic areas and wild life on the continent, and consider some of the recent changes resulting from global warming.

10/20/2018 --- 100th Anniversary Dinner (at Woodstock Club), Speaker: Ray Boomhower

11/5/2018 --- Veterans Day Salute

Speaker: New Horizons Swing Band --- Dr. Roy Ernst of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York started the New Horizons Bands about 25 years ago. The aim was to expand music-making opportunities and mental stimulation with social integration for seniors. New Horizons music groups have now been organized both throughout our land and internationally. Though most band members are over 50 years of age, with some into their 90’s, there are no age restrictions. Participation is encouraged for members of any degree of musical expertise, from beginners to professionals. Sam Rhinesmith, retired North Central High School Department Chair and Director of Bands, along with Warner Paige, President of Paige’s Music, started the New Horizons Band of Indianapolis in 1994. The present director is John Marshall, retired Chairman of the Performing Arts Department and Head Band Director of Pike High School. Al Spangler, the conductor of our Swing Band, is retired director of the Speedway High School Band. The New Horizons Swing Band consists of about 20 musicians of the 60-member New Horizons Band who have a special interest in jazz performance. This group performs about a dozen times a year for community festivals, church sponsored activities, retirement facilities, and service organizations. (Sponsored By: George McCord)

The New Horizons Swing Band is pleased to again offer a program of patriotic service songs and popular “Big Band” era music commemorating Veterans Day for the Scientech Club of Indianapolis.

11/6/2018 --- Board meeting

11/19/2018 --- The cat lover's parasite. A Review of Toxoplamosis: The scourge of the immunocomprimised and the unborn fetus. “Toxoplasma: The Cat Lover’s Parasite”

Speaker: Bill Sullivan, Ph.D. --- Showalter Professor Pharmacology & Toxicology Microbiology & Immunology Indiana University School of Medicine (Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

For the 35 minute talk, Dr. Sullivan will cover the biology (life cycle, transmission) of the Toxoplasma gondii parasite and its clinical relevance. He then will give a brief overview of his research project aimed at eradicating the parasitic cysts in the body that are currently untreatable.

12/24/2018 --- Christmas Eve-No Meeting

12/31/2018 --- No Meeting-New Years Eve

1/8/2019 --- Board meeting