Scientech Program Calendar


10/23/2017 --- The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918

Speaker: Dorothy Pratt, PhD. --- PhD. University of Notre Dame Multiple positions the University of Notre Dame and the University of South Carolina. (Email: (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

Between January of 1918 and December of 1920 the greatest natural disaster of recorded time took place. Estimates suggest that 50-100 million people died, about 3-6% of the world's population. This is the story of that pandemic.

10/30/2017 --- New Directions for Alzheimers Disease Research, Drug Discovery, and Treatment

Speaker: Dr. Bruce Lamb --- PhD. Roberts Family Chair in Alzheimer's Disease Research Executive Director, Stark Neurosciences Research Institute Indiana University School of Medicine (Email: (Sponsored By: Kendall Crook)

Dr. Lamb will provide an overview of the current status of Alzheimer's Disease research, with a focus on new directions for drug discovery and development.

11/6/2017 --- Popular WWII era music along with patriotic and military service songs

Speaker: New Horizons Swing Band --- New Horizons Band of Indianapolis (Sponsored By: George McCord, MD)

The New Horizons Swing Band is pleased to again offer a program of popular WWII era music along with patriotic and military service songs for the Scientech Club of Indianapolis meeting, preferably 6 November 2017 preceding Veterans Day. Dr. Roy Ernst at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York started the New Horizons initiative about 25 years ago. The aim was to develop local music groups to expand music-making opportunities for seniors as well as fostering social integration and mental stimulation. New Horizons music groups are now found both nationally and internationally. The groups are not limited to bands, but also include orchestras, choruses, and other music groups. Though most members are over 50 years of age, some into their 90’s, qualifying age restrictions have generally been dropped. 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, 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. Assistant director and conductor of the Swing Band is Al Spangler, retired director of the Speedway High School Band. The New Horizons Swing Band consists of about 20 musicians from the 60-member general band who have a special interest in the jazz band genre. This group performs about a dozen times a year for community festivals, church sponsored activities, retirement facilities, and service organizations.

11/7/2017 --- Board meeting

11/13/2017 --- TOUR--- Tour of the Rolls-Royce/Allison Heritage Museum
(Sponsored By: Jim Bettner)

11/20/2017 --- Over 40 years of American history as seen thru lens of a camera

Speaker: Bob Daugherty --- Retired AP photographer whose 'beat' for over 40 years was the White House. He became familiar with the various presidents, their families, the Secret Service etc. from the late 60's till about 2010. I believe he graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University. (Email: unknown) (Sponsored By: Jim Dashiell MD)

Bob was a familiar face in and about the White House, on Air Force one, covered 37 Kentucky derbies, has taken pictures of Sadat, Menachem Beghin, Camp David, and has many behind the scenes photos of memorable American historical moments.

11/27/2017 --- Touring Indiana

Speaker: Mark Newman --- He is the Executive Director of the Indiana Office of Tour Development. (Email: (Sponsored By: Joline Ohmart)

His talk is about the many tourist destinations in the state. Many of them are not well known, but very interesting. He has an excellent slide presentation.

12/4/2017 --- The Athlete's Heart

Speaker: Michael Emery, M.D. --- Medical Director, Center for Cardiovascular Care in Athletics, Indiana University Health. (Email: (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

The speaker will provide an in depth talk on heart disease and screening in athletes and cardiopulmonary exercise testing.

12/5/2017 --- Board meeting

12/11/2017 --- The Changing Face of Skin Cancer

Speaker: Cecelia E. Schmalbach, MD, MS, FACS --- Professor of Otolaryngology-HNS Vice Chairman, Clinical Affairs, Otolaryngology-HNS Division Chief, Head & Neck-Microvascular Surgery Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine (Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

The talk will be touching upon epidemiology (to include tanning bed use), the health care burden, and changes in treatment (genetic targets, sentinel node mapping, and hedge hog inhibitors). It would focus specifically on head and neck cutaneous melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, merkel cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

12/18/2017 --- The Influence of Social Media on Hyper-Polarization and Incivility in the US

Speaker: Jeff Rasley --- Rasley is the Club's VP and board member of the Scientech Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Phi Beta Kappa; IU Law School, Law Review & Moot Court, and Christian Theological Seminary, co-valedictorian. (Email: (Sponsored By: Marty Meisenheimer)

The talk and power point will describe, using statistical survey results and expert testimony, the increasing polarization in US politics and culture and why it is harmful to democratic institutions and traditional values. The influence of social media on the trend of increasing incivility and "siloing" will be discussed. What can be done to try to reverse these trends will be explained in light of an experiment Rasley conducted in Facebook and research conducted for his tenth book, Polarization! The Case for Civility in the Time of Trump.

12/25/2017 --- Christmas-no meeting

1/1/2018 --- New Years Day-no meeting

1/2/2018 --- Board meeting

1/8/2018 --- The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Deep Learning and Blockchain Crypto-Ledgers

Speaker: Melanie Swan --- Melanie Swan is a Theorist of Emerging Technologies in the Philosophy Department at Purdue University. She is the author of the best-selling book /Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy/. Her educational background includes an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Philosophy from the New School in New York, and a BA in French and Economics from Georgetown University. She is a faculty member at Singularity University, and an invited contributor to the Edge's Annual Essay Question. Previous talks are available here: (Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

This talk provides an introduction and overview of two high-impact contemporary emerging technologies: big data and deep learning algorithms, and blockchain distributed ledgers, and discusses their implications for the future of artificial intelligence.

1/15/2018 --- Art and Neuroscience

Speaker: Shirley M. Mueller, MD --- Guest curator, Indianapolis Museum of Art. Her CV can be found at where her decorative arts papers are featured. She is board certified in Neurology & Psychiatry. (Email: (Sponsored By: Bonnie Carter)

Between 2002 and 2012, museum attendance dropped by 30%. Museums took notice. At the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, IN, we are attempting to reverse this trend by developing our gardens and art park—thereby bringing in new visitors through nature But, what of museums that don’t have the privilege of expanding as we do in Indianapolis? What are their options? Frankly, there are few. Among them, however, is the opportunity to make art more accessible and meaningful to visitors by relating it directly to them. This means that if a visitor can acquire neuropsychological insights at an exhibit that applies to and help them, they are more likely to come. This concept is the thrust of the proposed presentation using the exhibit, "Elegance from the East: New Insights into Old Porcelain," as the example.

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 thing I know babies, 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 in relates to today's environmental crises.

2/6/2018 --- Board meeting

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.

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

4/3/2018 --- Board meeting

5/1/2018 --- Board meeting

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.

6/5/2018 --- Board meeting