Scientech Program Calendar


6/26/2017 --- "History: Yours and Ours"

Speaker: Jacqueline Nytes --- Chief Executive Officer Indianapolis Public Library
(Email: (Sponsored By: Daniel Yates

Her talk will cover two themes: (1) the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Central Library, and (2) a brief summary of the effort to digitally preserve the Scientech Club's Newsletter. This collection now includes 4,658 newsletters spanning 97 years.

7/3/2017 --- No Meeting-Independance Day Weekend

7/10/2017 --- FLY-OVER STATES ORIGINS; 1783-1848

(Email: (Sponsored By: MYSELF)

Transappalachia was obtained from the U.K. after the USA stole it at the negotiating table and back stabbed their French and Spanish allies. The French in Terre Haute and Vincennes helped. Louisiana was sold by Napoleon when he did not own it. The Napoleonic Wars helped the USA survive the 1812 invasion of Canada. Texas forced the Mexican War and the loss of 50% of Mexico. At the Peace table the whole country was up for grabs by the USA.

7/11/2017 --- Board meeting

7/17/2017 --- Discovering Humans

Speaker: John Langdon --- John Langdon is Professor of Biology and Anthropology at the University of Indianapolis, where he teaches human evolution, gross anatomy, and other subjects. He is the author or editor of five books. His latest, "The Science of Human Evolution: Getting it Right" (Springer, 2016) uses case studies to illustrate the power and limitations of the scientific methods in this discipline.
(Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

The scientific method offers a way to study the natural world objectively, but we approach research questions with biases influenced by our culture and our personal experiences. This problem is especially apparent in the study of human evolution, which bridges the social and natural sciences. I will describe how some discoveries, old and new, force us to confront our assumptions of what it means to be a human and present us with new perspectives.

7/24/2017 --- An overview of the Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Physics and Medicine

Speaker: Dick Carter, Alan Schmidt, Tom Lauer --- (Sponsored By: Jim Willson)

Nobel winning discoveries often result in significant scientific breakthroughs which have far reaching effects on our everyday lives. Insulin and penicillin are just two of the discoveries which have won the Nobel Prize. Each speaker will provide a 10-15 minute discussion of recent Noble Prize winning discoveries, their revelance, and their possible applications.

7/31/2017 --- The potential of biopsy-free diagnosis: discovering vesicle biomarkers in plasma and urine

Speaker: Anton Iliuk, Ph.D. --- Chief Technology Officer Tymora Analytical Operations 3495 Kent Ave, Suite E400 West Lafayette, IN 47906 United States
(Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

Dr. Iliuk will speak about the new process to discover phosphoproteins in vesicles contained in plasma as an indicator for cancer which he and Dr. Weiguo Andy Tao PhD, Professor of Biochemistry, Purdue University have developed. The work appeared earlier this week in an online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Iliuk would like to speak in July.

8/1/2017 --- Board Meeting

8/7/2017 --- The Great American Eclipse Standing in the shadow of the Moon

Speaker: Greg McCauley --- Executive Director / CEO of Link Observatory Space Science Institute
(Email: (Sponsored By: Kurt Williams)

A Mighty Darkness is About to Descend Upon the Land... On Aug. 21 the Earth, sun and moon will blow our minds during a total solar eclipse that will last a little more than an hour and 33 minutes, coast to coast. The celestial bodies will line up to block the sun from view, an event scientists and historians are calling The Great American Eclipse. It will be the most viewed astronomical event of the century... Hereís why all the excitement: This total eclipse of the sun is the first since 1776 whose path of totality ó the narrow corridor where observers will be in the moonís shadow as it covers the sun ó lies completely within the continental United States and no other country. Millions live within a dayís drive of the 70-mile-wide umbra, or shadow path, that will stretch diagonally through 12 states, from Oregon to South Carolina. Along the horizon, twilight will glow in sunset colors and the temperature will drop suddenly. Observers liken a total solar eclipse to a spiritual experience, while other experts describe it in more poetic terms. The most beautiful object in the sky, which is invisible for all of our lives, is revealed for a precious two minutes, and thatís the sunís corona. Itís incredibly beautiful, and this is your chance to see it.

8/14/2017 --- Understanding your Risk for Brittle Bones

Speaker: Emily K. Frank MD --- Board certified internal medicine physician and bone health specialist (one of only 50 in the USA) at the St.Vincent Womenís Center in Carmel, Ind. She earned her undergraduate degree with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. and received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Dr. Frank completed her internal medicine residency at St.Vincent Indianapolis. She is a member of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the International Society of Clinical Densitometry.
(Email: (Sponsored By: Alison Brown)

Seventy percent of people with osteoporosis are women. Men start with higher bone density and lose calcium at a slower rate than women, which is why their risk is lower. Nevertheless, older men are also at risk for osteoporosis. While estrogen deficiency is a primary risk factor for osteoporosis in women and low levels of testosterone increase osteoporosis risk. Certain medical conditions (Osteoporosis can be secondary to other medical conditions, including alcoholism, diabetes, thyroid imbalances, chronic liver or kidney disease, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, scurvy, rheumatoid arthritis, leukemia, cirrhosis, gastrointestinal diseases, vitamin D deficiency, lymphoma, hyperparathyroidism, anorexia nervosa, premature menopause, and rare genetic disorders such as the Marfan and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes) and medications (corticosteroids, glucocorticoids, loop diuretics, such as furosemide, anticonvulsants, PPIs, heparin, gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists and aromatase inhibitors) also increase the risk. Diet plays an important role in both preventing and speeding up bone loss in men and women. Calcium and vitamin D deficiencies are risk factors for osteoporosis. The right kind of xercise is preventive. Dr. Frank will also review old and brand new medications given to prevent fragility fractures.

8/21/2017 --- The behavior of elephants

Speaker: Bob Dale --- Professor,Butler University (Sponsored By: Russell judd)

Aside from his teaching at Butler University, Bob has studied the behavior of elephants here and in Africa. He has contributed his knowledge to our zoo but also other zoos

8/28/2017 --- TOUR--- Architectural Tour of Columbus, IN

Speaker: Becky Harper (812)378-2622 ---
(Email: Unknown at this time) (Sponsored By: James Bettner)

Approximately 1-1/2 hour bus trip to Columbus, IN. Arrive at Visitors Center for info video. Walking tour of Library Plaza and First Christian Church. Guided bus tour of many of the Architectural sites in Columbus. Lunch and then bus ride back to North Side K of C. Suggest Tour be scheduled for August 28, 2017.

9/4/2017 --- Labor Day-no meeting

9/5/2017 --- Board meeting

9/11/2017 --- Three Dimensional Printing

Speaker: Leo Doyle --- Leo Doyle started the internet in Indiana and currently operates an internet provider service, He has spoken before at Scientech on his car collection and other topics.
(Email:, (Sponsored By: Dr. Alan D. Schmidt)

Leo Doyle gave an interesting presentation on the development of three dimensional printing with various materials at our Mensa monthly meeting. A plastic three dimensional printer made a part during his presentation. He has made a working, plastic ratchet wrench, duplicating the one that was made on the international space station.

9/25/2017 --- Inspiring the next generation; revolutionizing STEM education

Speaker: Greg McCauley --- Executive Director/CEO Link Observatory Space Science Institute; In the early 1970ís, Greg worked for NASA at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston Texas in Mission Planning and Analysis for the Apollo Program. Greg was involved in Apollo 15 and 16, was a member of the Lunar Launch Team for Apollo 17, and held a NASA Top Secret clearance.
(Email: (Sponsored By: Jeff Rasley)

STEM education is falling behind in Indiana. Link Observatory Space Science Institute has created and implemented revolutionizing programs in STEM education that are currently being used in Indiana classrooms. A generous grant from the Scientech Foundation has helped middle and high school students become inspired and engaged in STEM education through a focus on NASA missions, astronomy, and space exploration. Hear how your donation is changing STEM education in Indiana and inspiring future generations to pursue STEM courses of study.

10/3/2017 --- Board meeting

10/16/2017 --- New Directions for Alzheimer's 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)

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

10/21/2017 --- ANNUAL DINNER - at Woodland Country Club

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 90ís, 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 Paigeís 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.