and their presentations

Chronological List of Presenters

(lists most recent on top, scroll below to find presentation)


November 22 "Going Ape"

Drake Shepard

Going Ape-compressed.pdf

Monkeys, chimps and apes have many shared attributes with us. We will discuss common behavioral and evolutionary traits. Are we like them or are they like us?

November 8 "BioEnergetics: Disabusing The 'Burning Calories' Notion And Why Health Hinges Upon Understanding."

William Shang, MD,


"Calories," is a word our physiology doesn't actually understand. We will discuss how the body's conversion of food into energy goes awry from muscle disuse leading to the most commonly seen chronic illnesses as well as the connection to increased susceptibility to Covid complications.

Is there scientific evidence supporting strength training for diabetes (I linked to the American Diabetes Assn Position statement):

Do those already who have long-standing diabetes benefit from strength training?:

The effect of combined aerobic and strength training on high blood pressure:

The effect of combined aerobic and strength training on hyperlipidemia:

Differential Effects of Aerobic Exercise, Resistance Training and Combined Exercise Modalities on Cholesterol and the Lipid Profile: Review, Synthesis and Recommendations

Differential Effects of Aerobic Exercise, Resistance Training and Combin...

There is a direct relationship between chronically elevated cholesterol levels (dyslipidaemia) and coronary hear...

October 24 "Incredible Journeys "

Drake Shepard

Incredible Journeys1.pdf

Drake will take us on incredible journeys to climb Mt. Everest, hike across the North Pole, visit an underwater battleship, follow the source of the Amazon River, walk the entire Great Wall of China and more


October 11 "Time"

Remi Worna

Remi’s Cycle of Universal Existence.pdf

Time is the finite “Time of Existence.” It is relative to any circumstance. It can be real or perceived.

September 27 "Hurricane Seasonal Outlooks"

John Shewchuk


This presentation discussed how Hurricane predictions are made and replicates the basic process used to arrive at hurricane season outlooks. There are several atmospheric rhythms (or cycles) of the earth that have been proven to be statistically significant at predicting storm potential. But because all the other cycles have variable periods they make hurricane outlook predictions very challenging.

September 13 "Special Ops Tech "

George Hept

Stealth for S&T.pdf

George will discuss his experiences evaluating highly classified (If I tell you, I have to kill you. Ha, ha) technology for Special Operations during the 1990's. Focus will be on stealth technology (primer, F-117, Spec Ops applications) but 'exotic' weapons and high tech sensors can be discussed if time permits (or at another meeting)

August 23 "Cancer 2021 "

Lee Hall


The word 'cancer' covers a multitude of diseases. Breast cancer , for one, is heterogenetic, not just between tumors of the same type across a patient population, but also within a single patient AND also within an individual tumor (intra-tumor heterogeneity). This session looks at the current state of hormonal cancers and paradigm shifts in treatment.

August 9th "Energy from Waste "

Patrick Walsh from Covanta


Patrick Walsh, a Covanta representative, will explain what happens to our solid waste as it is cleanly converted to energy

July 26 "Whole Food Plant-Based Nutrition "

Lee Hall


This presentation covered the plant-based nutrition movement, its science, principle players (people and plants) and some tips for DIY home projects.

July 12 "Radiative Cooling to Space "

Albert Koenig, PhD

Radiative Cooling.pdf

Albert will discuss methods and materials to cool structures without adversely affecting greenhouse gas emissions and global warming

June 28 "What are we made of "

J. B. Smith

Standard Model w.pdf

Interactive discussion of us and the universe.

June 14 "Where do we get our mass? "

Gregg Cieslak

Where do we get mass2.pdf

Gregg described the mass effect of the Higgs field on particles and discuss if that is where we and everything get our mass.

June 3 "Colonizing Space"

Gregg Cieslak - A Science Topics presentation

Colonize space.pdf

A Science Topics Presentation

Gregg presents information for Nasa and Space X regarding their plans for long term presence on the Moon and on Mars

May 24 "Part 1 Summer Series: DIY Observational Study"

Lee Hall


We all dig down and do our homework, investigating a diagnosis that we were not expecting.. either our own or that of a loved one. This presentation is a high-level summary of my experience facing a myriad of decisions that followed receipt of a simple standard mammogram report..

"Evaluating an Iron ore deposit in Northern Ontario "

Bob Galbraith

Northern Canada Project.pdf

How do you evaluate a 7.5 mile long iron ore deposit? How do you map an iron ore deposit when your compass always points to the nearest rock? What happens when a bear visits camp? How do you live in the north woods for 3.5 months?

May 5 "Numbers: Big and Small"

Gregg Cieslak - A Science Topics presentation


A Science Topics Presentation

If you thought last month's presentation about the Universe was Big, what until you see Grahams Number and TREE(3). Numbers so big that writing them down would not fit in the Universe, even in microscopic font

April 26 "Ancient Greek Astronomers and the Antikythera Mechanism"

Gregg Cieslak

Antikythera Mechanism.pdf

Gregg described the development of the Theory of the Cosmos as seen by the ancient Greeks and a mechanism they developed to aid in visualizing their work

April 12 "Are Honey Bees Really Dying?"

Jamie Ellis, PhD

Colony Losses in the US.pdf

Dr. Ellis is an international bee expert who enjoys presenting his work and describes how Florida has mobile bee hives that move around the country to pollinate crops.

April 7 "How Big Is The Universe"

Gregg Ceislak - A science Topics Presentation

How big is the Universe.pdf

A Science Topics Presentation

Gregg discusses the strange and confusing information concerning the size of the Universe

March 22 "The Evolution of Vision"

Jim Laurent

Eye Evolution.pdf

Jim reviewed how many different types biological systems independently developed to be sensitive to photons of different wavelengths

March 8 "He said She Said"

Drake Shepard

It's About Sex.pdf

Drake discussed how differently each sex thinks, feels and acts. Topics include hormones, brain wiring and societal norms.

March 3 "Ancient Greek Astronomers and the Antikythera Mechanism"

Gregg Cieslak - A Science Topics Presentation

Antikythera Mechanism.pdf

A Science Topics Group Presentation:

Gregg Discusses the Ancient Greek Theories of the Universe and the tools that the Greeks used to predict Cosmological events

February 22 "Physics of Quadcopter Drones"

Jim Laurent

QuadCopter Physics.pdf

Jim explains what makes them fly and why they are so cool

February 8 "Florida Tornadoes.”

John Shewchuk


The Villages’ Ground-Hog day tornado, on the morning of Feb 2nd, damaged 1,300 Villages homes. It is the 2nd worst tornado outbreak in Florida’s history, and it is the main focus of this talk. The talk includes a short Weather Radio demo, and concludes with safety tips – which covers lessons learned from the 2007 tornado.

January 21 "Albert Einstein Comes Alive"

Drake Shepard


In costume and with working props, Drake Shepard portrays a personable "Albert Einstein." An in depth and entertaining coverage of a world ICON.

January 11 "The Hubble - Extreme Deep Field Photo"

Jim Laurent

2021-1-10-Hubble Deep Field.pdf

Jim takes you to the edge of the universe, where the Hubble telescope has detected thousands of galaxies in a small portion of distant space.


28 Dec "The Birth of Environmental Cleanup"

Bob Galbraith


Bob presents a real life narrative of the evolution of thinking that led to successful cleanups, especially of underground fuel tank leaks.

14 Dec "Florida Hurricanes"

John Shewchuk


With Hurricane season still churning John brings us up to date on forecasting. Relevant and rich in detail.

23 Nov - "Thomas Edison Comes Alive"

Drake Shepard


In costume and with working props, Drake Shepard portrayed an iconic inventor, Thomas Edison. detailing his life and numerous, far reaching contributions to our world.

9 Nov - "Legacy of Lunar Science Exploration"

Stan Church


An in-depth look at the Missions to the moon. What did we learn.

26 Oct - "Fantastic Places"

Drake Shepard

Fantastic Places.pdf

Over 40 unique and rarely seen natural and man-made places on earth or on other worlds.

Take a virtual walk on the wild side.

12 Oct - "Things that Go Rot in the Night"

Phil Geis


The use of preservatives in our daily lives and products to keep us safe, clean amd smelling like ??? well... civilized

7 Sep - " Iranian Nuclear Program Issues"

George Hept


Basic physics / engineering behind nuclear power programs and the overlap with nuclear weapons development, with specific application to the Iranian program.

24 Aug (recorded Sep 1) - "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy"

Larry Martin


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

  • How it works

  • Medical uses

  • the new Brownwood Facility

Integrated Presentation w/transcript

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9 Mar - "Why do Airplanes Fly into Hurricanes and Typhoons"

John Shewchuk


John describes the people, equipment and techniques needed to fly into hurricanes in order to make accurate hurricane weather forecasts.

4 Mar - "What the Rocks tell Us"

Jim Laurent

What the Rocks Tell us.pdf

Jim illustrates how geology exposes hidden secrets about the earth, humans and evolution.

24 Feb - " Frank Lloyd Wright Comes Alive"

Drake Shepard


In period costume, Drake describes Wright's life and architecture

10 Feb - " Encryption, Part 2"

Greg Astfalk


Greg continues from Part 1, encryption basics. Here he details public-key encryption and the mathematics embedded. He comments on quantum computing and the disruption to current encryption methodologies.

7 Feb - " The Green New Deal" - Green for Whom? "

George Erickson

Unintended Consequences 2-7-20.pdf

George talked to topics covered in his recently revised book: "Unintended Consequences". He has released a group copy to the members of our club.

27 Jan - " Advanced Innovation "

Dave May

DaveMay 1_27 Advanced Innovation Briefing no transitions.pdf

Dave describes 'Advanced Innovation' techniques. This process is known by other names: 'Knowledge-Based Innovation Engineering' and also by the Russian acronym, 'TRIZ' (Theory of Innovative Problem Solving)

13 Jan - " Encryption, Part 1"

Greg Astfalk


Greg explains reasons for using different types of encryption. He also describes the mathematics, methods for implementation and the robustness of the security provided.

Presenter Archive 2019 <- 2014