Scientech Program Calendar


1/22/2018 --- Vonnegut on the Planet

Speaker: Chris Lafave --- Chris Lafave is the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Curator. He began volunteering at the Vonnegut in 2011 at the grand opening, became Curator in 2012. (Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

Kurt Vonnegut had a way of looking at our earthly problems with a satirical eye, a biting sense of humor that could also be warm and forgiving, his father once criticized him for never writing a story with a villain in it. This is how Kurt managed to be the author of the quote "your planet's immune system is trying to get rid of you" while also writing "There's only one rule that I know of, babies--God damn it, you've got to be kind." Come join Vonnegut Library curator Chris Lafave for a discussion of satire on the human condition, especially in how it relates to today's environmental crises.

1/29/2018 --- Centuries of Change

Speaker: William H. Dick --- Scientech Club Historian (Email: (Sponsored By: William H. Dck)

Centuries back to the year 1000 are reviewed. Which one or two centuries brought the most change? Which century's change is the most important to us today? A list of the centuries with historical information will be provided.

2/5/2018 --- The Kids Are Smart Enough, So What's the Problem?...The Back Story

Speaker: Dick Garrett --- BSIE, MSIE Purdue, PhD. in Operations Research, Northwestern U. 27 years in management at Eli Lilly and Company 6.5 years as Clinical Associate Professor at the Kelley School of Business, B'ton Active facilitator of strategic plans in central Indiana, former consultant, etc. (Sponsored By: Dick Garrett)

The Kids Are Smart Enough, So Whatís the Problem? A Businessmanís Perspective on Educational Reform and the Teacher Crisis Dick Garrett began writing this book in June of 2015; it will be available for sale on December 20, 2017. The manuscript was first approved for publication by the IU Press but for various reasons we parted company. The manuscript was then presented to Rowman and Littlefield and again, it was accepted for publication. (That's 2 hits, no balls). Mr. Garrett would like to do these things in his talk: 1. Discuss the process of getting a book approved and a manuscript ready for publication. 2. Describe the huge volume of publications hitting the US market every year and some of the realities of selling a book. 3. Describe the motivation for writing this book. 4. Discuss the outline of the book is sketchy detail. This means he will highlight some of the key concepts presented in the book. The book has too much content to cover in this meeting.

2/6/2018 --- Board meeting

2/12/2018 --- Making a Place for the Displaced

Speaker: Saima Hassan --- Director- Development & Communications OBAT Helpers Inc. Hassan has a BBA and MBA from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Sindh, and an MPA from IU Kelley School of Business. (Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

Ms Hassan will share with us the history of the stranded Pakistanis, Biharis or Urdu speaking people in displaced persons camps in Bangladesh and give us insight into the work of OBAT Helpers, an Indiana 501(C) 3, non-profit organization, which has established schools, health clinics, tutoring, computer training and vocational centers along with a self-empowerment program. Provision of basic amenities for the camp residents through infrastructure development, is a priority. Education and economic empowerment are the areas of focus as together, they have the potential to lift the camp dwellers out of dire poverty and hopelessness.

2/19/2018 --- 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.

2/26/2018 --- Are There "OPTIONS" For Teens In Detention?

Speaker: Jill Meisenheimer --- Jill H. Meisenheimer, BS in Therapeutic Recreation from IU. Co-Founder and Coordinator of OPTIONS, a weekly program for teens in secure detention at the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center. (Email: (Sponsored By: Robert Yee)

For 23 years Jill has coordinated volunteers to lead OPTIONS for incarcerated teens in active learning, planning for the future and doing service projects. These teens are our kids, grandkids and our neighbors. What do they learn during OPTIONS? How do teensí feelings change during an OPTIONS session? What have been consistent positive results through our 76 yoga classes? Through discussions, exercises and projects we encourage healthy relationships, positive communications and thoughtful decisions. Jill will describe OPTIONS' goals, rules and a typical session, and will display posters made by teens. She will talk about the IU & OPTIONS Project, lead Snowball exercises, share the Ripple Effect Experiment and our Think B4U Act card. We welcome volunteers and speakers.

3/5/2018 --- Intermodal Mystery: How Science Saved the Double-Stacked Train

Speaker: Jim Dillon --- Dr. Dillon is professor Emeritus of Indiana University and a Cardiologist. He has a BA degree from DePauw University He is also a Scientech member (Email: (Sponsored By: James C. Dillon)

From an article in Trains Magazine in July 2007 by David Ibata. The use of container from seagoing ships to trains and trucks will be reviewed. The container was introduced in 1961 to railroads and was to replace trucks on flatcars. The double stacked well cars were first introduced in 1988 and these were longer and heaver. Immediately accidents (derailments) began to happen on the Santa Fe & Union Pacific which threatened the future of this invention. Manpower, science and technology was brought to bear and solved the problem.

3/6/2018 --- Board meeting

3/12/2018 --- (TBA)

3/19/2018 --- History of Allison 1915 - 2017

Speaker: Larry Nightingale --- Associate Fellow, Test and Measurement Rolls-Royce Nearly 49 years in Experimental Engine Testing (Sponsored By: John Rathman)

Larry will discuss Allison history from the standpoint of his nearly half-century as an Experimental Test Engineer.

3/26/2018 --- Deficiency of plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1) Problems and Promises of a Genetic Mutation

Speaker: Dr. Sweta Gupta --- Dr. Gupta graduated from the Baroda Medical College, Gujarat, India in 1999. She works in Indianapolis, IN and specializes in Hematology/Oncology and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. Dr. Gupta is affiliated with IU Health North Hospital, Riley Hospital For Children At Indiana University Health and St Vincent Indianapolis Hospital & Heart Center. Also the Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center where she was the local PI on the Amish Genetic Mutation study of PAI-1 (Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

In this talk Dr. Gupta would like to focus on the 1. carriers (individuals with one changed gene) of PA1-1 deficiency who have no bleeding symptoms but have been shown through this research study to have an advantage over the normal individuals in terms of longevity, lower rate of type 2 diabetes and an improved metabolic/ cardiovascular profile. 2. Affected (individuals with two copies of the changed gene) with complete PAI-1 deficiency who have the bleeding disorder and were shown through this research study to have cardiac fibrosis (scarring of the heart).

4/2/2018 --- The Future of Math and Science Education

Speaker: Chris Edwards --- Chris is the Director of the Scientech Summer Institute. He has a Ph.D in Teacher Leadership from Walden University and a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Indianapolis. (Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

Skeptic Magazine is publishing an article by Chris Edwards, "Updating the Software and Hardware for Educational Practice: A Way Forward for Math and Science Education." The article critiques shortcomings in the training of teachers and the delivery of secondary education and describes an innovative new concept of teacher professional development. For the last three years Scientech has financially supported the Summer Institute, which brings secondary teachers (7-12) together with college professors for the purpose of studying math and science content. The Summer Institute for is now partially funded through the state budget. Chris has served as the programs director and his article describes how the Summer Institute fits into the method of professional development Chris advocates in the Skeptic article.

4/3/2018 --- Board meeting

4/9/2018 --- (TBA)

4/16/2018 --- Cut your cable? The whys, and the hows, and what you can do to replace some of the content.

Speaker: Bill Elliott --- Our member, Bill Elliott, told me all about how he and his wife 'cut the cord' to Comcast. It took several services to replace Comcast, and he explained each of their choices. This was during the bus ride home from Columbus, IN on our recent trip... (Sponsored By: Ken Pendleton)

Perhaps we could augment Bill's personal account (above) of the process with a speaker from Fry's??? We might ask at an upcoming meeting for people who have recently cut the cable to raise their hands, and select a few to add their comments. And, we could ask to see the hands of those who would like a program on this subject!

4/23/2018 --- (TBA)

4/30/2018 --- Nikola Tesla

Speaker: Richard Gunderman --- I.Prof. Radiology plus (Email: (Sponsored By: Gerald Kurlander)

He wrote a recent article on Tesla with excellent pictures in the Smithsonian. This is a look at the man who made the modern world possible by the introduction of alternating current.

5/1/2018 --- Board meeting

5/7/2018 --- (TBA)

5/14/2018 --- (TBA)

5/21/2018 --- Jenny's Allure

Speaker: Ruth Ann Ingraham --- Scientech member, Published author: Swimming with Frogs: Life in the Brown County Hills - 2005 'Cap' Cornish, Indiana Pilot: Navigating the Century of Flight - 2014 Founder - Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society, 1993 (Email: (Sponsored By: Ruth Ann Ingraham)

This talk is biographical. My father, Clarence Cornish, became a pilot during World War I. He first soloed on May 27, 1918, at Park Field, Tennessee. I will give an overview of his role in aviation both regionally and nationally with a focus on his experience during the war to end all wars.

5/28/2018 --- (TBA)

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