Scientech Program Calendar


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 --- 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.

10/2/2018 --- 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 --- 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.

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

10/22/2018 --- Medical Aid in Dying

Speaker: Rebecca Thoman, M.D. --- Rebecca Thoman received her M.D. from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. She currently manages Doctors for Dignity, an initiative of Compassion and Choices. Dr. Thoman has worked in health care policy for 20 years (Email: rthoman@compassionand (Sponsored By: Dr. Alan D. Schmidt)

Seven states and the District of Columbia currently authorize medical aid in dying for terminally ill patients. This talk will summarize the clinical criteria, provide data,and discuss the ethical arguments with regard to this topic.

10/29/2018 --- starting and building an internet based bank, or a mouse that survived and thrived in an elephant herd

Speaker: David Becker --- BA Depauw University, current Trustee, founder and CEO of The First Internet Bank of Indiana that opened for business in 1999. (Email: (Sponsored By: Jerry Williams)

David Becker opened The First Internet Bank in 1999, after a successful career in the high tech field. The bank opened at the peek of the "dot com" bubble, survived its crash and attracted deposit customers from all 50 states with its attractive deposit rates and efficient operations. It has grown rapidly over the past few years with assets today in excess of $3 Billion.

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

11/12/2018 --- Ageing with Grace

Speaker: Laura A.. Karcher --- Laura A. Karcher, M.A., CCC-SLP, CBIS Indiana University Speech and Hearing Sciences Clinical Professor and Speech-Language Clinic Director (Email: (Sponsored By: Malcolm Mallette)

Between 2015 and 2030, the number of people in the world aged 60 years or over is expected to increase by 56 percent, and by 2050, the global population of older persons is projected to reach nearly 2.1 billion. This session will discuss the joys and challenges of the aging process with an emphasis on communication and cognition. We will explore whether or not we can affect the trajectory of aging and discuss strategies to help lessen the impact of disease in order to “age with grace.”

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 --- The Universe

Speaker: Kurt Williams --- Deputy Director Link Observatory (Email: (Sponsored By: M. P. Meisenheimer)

This talk may be retitled. A possibility for the talk is "Christmas at the Moon", the voyage of Apollo 8. This is the 50th anniversary of man's first escape from Earth's orbit.

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.

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.

5/7/2019 --- Board meeting

6/4/2019 --- Board meeting

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)