Scientech Program Calendar


11/19/2018 --- The Cat Lover-Toxoplasma gondii

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

This parasite reproduces in cats and can cause secondary infections in humans. These infections are usually asymptomatic, but can cause irrevocable damage to infants and the immunosuppressed.

11/26/2018 --- Fly Me to the Moon

Speaker: Greg McCauley --- Director and CEO, Link Observatory (Email: (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

The moon is the only place beyond Earth where humans have set foot. The moon is the brightest object in the sky and makes Earth more liveable by moderating the Earth's wobble on its axis, resulting in a relatively stable climate.But with all the exploration, the moon still has its mysteries. Join us as we uncover little know facts about the moon.

12/3/2018 --- The Incredible Story Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Speaker: Richard Gunderman, MD PhD --- Richard Gunderman, MD PhD Chancellor's Professor Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Philanthropy and Medical Humanities and Health Studies Indiana University 702 North Barnhill Drive, Room 1053 Indianapolis, Indiana 46202 317 948 6307 (Email: (Sponsored By: Gerry Kurlander)

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, one of the most recognizable novels in the English language and one that raises profound questions about the role of science and technology in the betterment of human life. Shelley's own story is at least as remarkable as her novel.

12/4/2018 --- Board Meeting

12/10/2018 --- Obesity

Speaker: David Allison --- Vassar College B.A. Hofstra University, M.A. Hofstra University, Ph.D.Clinical and School Psychology Dean of the School of Public Health, Indiana University (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

Rigorous science for understanding obesity, nutrition,aging and longevity.

12/17/2018 --- Targeting PRL2 in T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Speaker: Yan Liu, Ph.D. --- Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology St. Baldrick’s Foundation Scholar Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research Department of Pediatrics (Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

ALL is a major cause of cancer related death in children. We have found that an enzyme called PRL2 is elevated in human T-ALL cells. Inhibiting PRL2 activity kills these cancer cells. We predict that inhibiting PRL2 in T-ALL will be a new target in this disease.

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

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

1/7/2019 --- Challenges of Health Care in rural America

Speaker: Elvin Plank --- President/CEO of Indiana Health Centers Inc. (Email: (Sponsored By: Don Mink)

What are the social determinates of health? What health insurance options do rural people have and how does that impact their access to primary care, prenatal care and behavioral health care? Why have so many rural hospitals closed since 2010 and why are many of them in danger of closing in the coming years? What is the impact on rural communities when they experience hospital closures?

1/8/2019 --- Board Meeting

1/14/2019 --- Benford's Law helps identify fraudsters

Speaker: Greg Wright --- Certified Fraud Examiner & Certified Financial Planner. Greg investigates white-collar crimes for a national private investigator, local CPAs, and lawyers. (Email: (Sponsored By: Greg Wright)

There are no straight lines in nature; however, man thinks in straight lines. When embezzlers invent numbers to falsify accounting data, Benford's Law helps identify the fraud. The presentation will include using Benford's Law on a Madoff's investment fund, Tim Durham, the Iranian 2009 election, and the Marion County Jail Cash Disbursements account.

1/21/2019 --- Write Now, Right Now!

Speaker: Alicia Rasley --- Writing Advisor, University of Maryland. Managing Editor and Partner, Midummer Books Consultants (Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

For the first time ever, it's easy and inexpensive for people with unique experiences and knowledge to collect those into a book and publish it for sale to the billions of readers with access to the internet. Alicia Rasley, a veteran writer and editor with books at traditional NYC print publishers and now an Amazon Kindle bestseller, will explain the new publishing opportunities that could allow you to share your wisdom with those who could learn from you.

1/28/2019 --- My two years as a surgeon in Vietnam.

Speaker: Dr. Gilbert Herod --- Dr. Herod is a retired thoracic surgeon. He was president of the Methodist Hospital medical staff 1996-1998. (Email: (Sponsored By: John Peer)

From July 1966 to June 1968 I worked as a surgeon in Vietnamese civilian hospitals. I was sent I went to Hue in the middle of the Tet offensive and reinstituted care in the hospital when the message came -"There is no medical care in Hue - people are bleeding to death in the streets."

2/4/2019 --- Should you be afraid of X-ray radiation from Medical imaging.

Speaker: Dr. Mervyn D. Cohen --- Professor emeritus at IUPUI, pediatric radiologist at IU Health Physicians. (Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

The lecture unravels the mysteries of medical imaging. What dangers exist from X-ray radiation from a medical imaging test? Can this radiation cause cancer? We review the scientific evidence and discuss how the media has been influenced to present their stories about the cancer risks from medical imaging radiation. A balanced conclusion will help you and your family members decide whether or not to have an imaging study that uses X-ray radiation.

2/5/2019 --- Board Meeting

2/11/2019 --- Tropical Forest Resilience and the Role of Nutrients

Speaker: Annette Trierweiler --- B.S. Furman University M.S. Ohio State University PhD. in Ecology Princeton University Post Doctoral Researcher Notre Dame University National Science Foundation Graduate Research Grant (Email: (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

How soil nutrients help determine tropical forest resilience in response to rising CO2 and changes in land use.

2/18/2019 --- Amish of Shipshewanna: Keeping Identity and Boundaries

Speaker: Dorothy Pratt --- Prof. of History - Emeritus, Notre Dame Univ., Univ. South Carolina. Previous Scientech Club talks about Pandemic of 1918 and Mississippi Constitutional Convention (Email: (Sponsored By: Robert Yee)

Author of "Shipshewanna: An Indiana Amish Community, Prof. Pratt describes the origins and challenges faced by the Amish communities of northern Indiana. She describes the schism among anabaptists and the effects of the Great Depression, conscription, the world wars and compulsory education and technology on Indiana's Amish.



Mass transit service by electric train began in Indiana in 1893 in both Anderson and Terre Haute. Within ten years five different companies were connected to Indianapolis by 12 different lines. Indiana had 1825 miles of inter-urban track, second only to Ohio and 12 traction lines connected Indianapolis to all the major cities in central Indiana except Bloomington, Vincennes and Evansville. In July of 1903 construction started on the Indianapolis Traction Terminal (I.T.T.), which was to be the largest in the world. The I.T.T. occupied most of an entire city block between the State House and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the Circle at the city center; The I.T.T. property was bounded by Illinois, Market , Capitol and Ohio. When completed in September of 1904 it was considered by many Hoosiers as the eighth wonder of the world. At its peak in 1914, the I.T.T. hosted 500 trains a day and served seven million passengers a year.

3/4/2019 --- A Walk Through the Cemetery

Speaker: Jeannie Regan-Dinius --- Regan-Dinius has a lifelong interest in history, family history, and research. Before coming to the state, she was the executive director of a 96-acre historic park in Huntington, Ind. She came to the state in 2000 to help work on the Underground Railroad Research Initiative. She was given the additional responsibility of the Cemetery Registry, the Historic Theater Initiative, and public outreach. (Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

Cemeteries tell us much about who came before us. The size, shape, and documentation vary from religious groups, time period, and location. But, all are important outdoor museums. The symbols and markings that individuals put on their stones reveal much about the individual and his or her family. Jeannie R. Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives for the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, will discuss the state of cemeteries in Indiana, the presumed meanings of markings, how pop culture affects stones, and what you need to look at when you walk through a cemetery.

3/5/2019 --- Board meeting

3/11/2019 --- Touring Washington DC

Speaker: Dr. Alan D. Schmidt --- Scientech member Dr. Alan D. Schmidt has a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has done industrial chemical engineering polymerization research and development, and in 2014 retired as an environmental engineer for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. (Email: (Sponsored By: Dr. Alan D. Schmidt)

Dr. Alan D. Schmidt will provide pictures, descriptions, tips, logistics, and priorities on the tourist sites to see in Washington DC from his many visits over the last five years.

3/18/2019 --- Purdue's Research Focus: Basic Research to Clinical Application

Speaker: Timothy Ratliff --- Timothy Ratliff, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor, Comparative Pathobiology Robert Wallace Miller Director of the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research (Email: (Sponsored By: John Rathman )

The talk will provide an overview of the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research and focus on several vignettes describing specific impactful basic research and translation to clinical applications. The Purdue Center studies the fundamental biology of cancer, engages engineers and physicists in cancer research and is a leader in the development of novel therapeutics.

3/25/2019 --- Aging, Cognition, & Memory

Speaker: Dr. Charles Morris --- 1962 B.S. Denison University 1966 M.A. University of Missouri (Psychology) 1968 Ph.D University of Missouri (Psychology) 1969-1999 Assistant, Associate, & Full Professor, Denison University 1991-1999 Provost, Denison University Teaching Experience Introductory Psychology, Psychology of Learning, Memory & Cognition, Genetics & Behavior Research Papers Animal research on Learning, Applying Learning Principles to Teaching, The Validity of the FCAT (Florida) and ISTEP (Indiana) Tests, Aging & Memory, The Search for a Satisfying & Meaningful Life in Retirement (Email: (Sponsored By: Glenn Jay Bingle MD PhD MACP)

Cognition changes as we age, especially memory. I focus on normal aging, and the quality of life is my major concern. I can offer suggestions for dealing with common memory lapses.

4/1/2019 --- Ecological Restoration as a strategy for conserving imperiled butterfly communities.

Speaker: John Shuey --- Director of Conservation Science Indiana Office of The Nature Conservancy (Email: (Sponsored By: David Culp)

Dr. Shuey will give an overview of his work with strategies to restore endangered butterfly communities by understanding insect ecology, patch dynamics, restoration ecology and conservation strategy.

4/2/2019 --- Board meeting

4/8/2019 --- Enigmatic Earthworks, Witch-Hunts, and the People from the Dawn: Indigenous History in East-Central Indiana

Speaker: Chris Flook --- President of the Delaware County Historical Society and a Lecturer of Telecommunications at Ball State University. In 2015, he published Native Americans of East-Central Indiana, a history of the native groups along the White River. (Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

The Indigenous history of east-central Indiana stretches back thousands of years. From the earthworks and mounds of the pre-contact native groups to the arrival of the post-contact Lenape, Miami, and Shawnee – the human history along West Fork of the White River in Indiana is ancient. However, more often than not, the indigenous experience is pushed into the background of Indiana’s Euro-American history. The resulting public deficiency in knowledge has yielded a profound ignorance of Native American history, culture, and experience. This session explores the archaeological record, recorded history, and oral traditions of those who inhabited this land before the first European ever set foot on the continent.

4/15/2019 --- TOUR--- Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Home in West Lafayette, IN

Contact: Jim Bettner --- (Email: (Sponsored By: Jim Bettner)

This is a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Samara House at 1301 Woodland Avenue, West Lafayette, IN. Designed for the John Christian family in 1954, this is said to be one or the most complete of Wright's design and represents a pristine example of Usonina architecture. It has been named a National Historic Landmark.

4/22/2019 --- Have you inherited a Hereditary Cancer Syndrome?

Speaker: Glenn J. Bingle, MD, PhD --- Member: Full Professor of Genetics at Indiana University School of Medicine, Director of the Department of Genetics at Community Hospital of Indianapolis. Dr. Bingle is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. (Email: (Sponsored By: Hank Wolfla)

Describe the underlying basis of the genetics of cancer. Determine if your family history of cancer puts you and your family at a high risk of a Hereditary Cancer Syndrome.


Speaker: GREG WRIGHT --- President, Assoc. Certified Fraud Examiners, Central Indiana Chapter (Email: (Sponsored By: GREG WRIGHT)

The Southwestern (Anasazi Confederation) and Mississippian (Moundbuilders) cultures came to an end in about 1300 A.D. Chaco Canyon was abandoned by the Anasazi. In today's Illinois (five miles east of St Louis), what had been a North American city larger than any in Europe at that time was abandoned by 1350. Climate change was only part of the cause. Yes, this happened over a century before Columbus. Greg, who is part American Indian, believes that these cultures collapsed because they had a very high Gini coefficient.

5/7/2019 --- Board meeting

5/13/2019 --- Marian University STEM Summer Camps

Speaker: Janice Hicks Slaughter --- Director of Partnerships and Outreach for the Klipsch Educators College at Marian University,Janice has an MPA from Indiana University and a BA from Tennessee State University as well as many related professional development experiences. (Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

An overview of the purpose, goals, and description of Marian University STEM Summer Camps. The presentation will include examples of the variety of ways campers have STEM experiences that are challenging and often beyond those offered in traditional classrooms, aligned with the Indiana Academic Standards, and fun too! Opportunities for “experts in the field” to be involved with STEM Camps will also be discussed.

6/4/2019 --- Board meeting

6/10/2019 --- 1953 Summit of Mt. Everest and the 2003 50th Anniversary Celebration in Nepal

Speaker: Jeff Rasley --- 2018 President of Scientech Club and participant in the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the first summit of Mt. Everest (Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

Mt. Everest was successfully climbed the first time in 1953 by Ed Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. In 2003 during a civil war in Nepal the King and the Hillary Foundation invited Himalayan climbers to the "highest part in the world" to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. Rasley trekked with Hillary's extended family on the Mt. Everest Base Camp Trail and witnessed the festivities. Photos will be shown.

7/2/2019 --- Board meeting

7/15/2019 --- 50 Years Since The Moon Landing

Speaker: --- Dr. Chris Edwards teaches AP World History and English at a public school in central Indiana. He is the author of several articles and books on the topic of science and the history of science. His most recent publication is All About the Moon Landing (Blue River Press), which is a non-fiction work for young adults (or anyone interested in the topic). (Email: Chris Edwards) (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

July 20, 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. This anniversary provides an excellent opportunity to reflect upon the history and science of this major historical event. The "space race" took place at a time when both the Soviet Union and the United States discovered the power of thermonuclear bombs at the same time that both were developing rockets that could launch those bombs for long distances . The ability to fire rockets a long way suddenly became one of the most important factors in international relations. Luckily, the Americans and the Soviets both targeted the moon instead of targeting each other.

8/6/2019 --- (TBA)