January 2022 Dinner Meeting

Scientists’ Society of Southwest Florida Dinner Meeting

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Heritage Palms Golf and Country Club

10420 Washingtonia Palm Way

Fort Myers, FL 39966

Social hour 5:15 p.m., cash bar

Meeting/Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.

Reservations are required. Guests are welcome. To pay by credit card, click on the Reservations tab above. No payments will be accepted at the door.

Reservation Deadline:

Saturday, January 15, 2022 (Note corrected date)

Menu: Duo plate with filet and salmon. Salad, dessert and soft drinks are included. Cash bar. A vegetarian menu option is available if requested when reservations are made.

Directions: From Colonial and Cleveland (US41), go east on Colonial to the light at Winkler Road, Right on Six Mile Cypress Parkway. Right on Heritage Palms Blvd. Club house is straight ahead at intersection of Washingtonia Palm Way.

From Daniels and Cleveland (US 41) go east on Daniels about 2 miles to Six Mile Cypress Pkwy. Left on Six Mile Cypress Pky about 3 miles. Left on Heritage Palms Blvd. to Club House.

Program: Proton Cancer Therapy: Recent Innovations and Clinical Applications

Marcio Fagundes, MD, Radiation Oncologist, Miami Cancer Institute, Baptist Health; Associate Professor, FIU Herbert Wertham College of Medicine

Dr. Fagundes will focus on recent innovations and developments of proton therapy as well as clinical applications. Proton cancer therapy has until recently been very limited due to the high cost and technological challenges in installing the necessary equipment but is now becoming more widely available. Proton therapy is used to treat a wide range of cancers, including brain, breast, esophageal, prostate, spine, and more, and several rare childhood cancers of the brain, spinal cord and eye.

Dr. Fagundes is involved in numerous studies and clinical trials and has authored, sponsored and contributed to many publications concerning advances in proton therapy.

January 2022 Field Trip



Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium

Are you wondering if that strange animal perched in your backyard tree is dangerous? Are you wondering what that tree is anyway? And do you stay inside after the sun goes down because you just KNOW that there is nothing interesting “out there” after dark?

Well, your questions about animals and plants will be answered during our private guided tour of the Nature Center and your appreciation of the dark will be enhanced by the night-sky show in the Planetarium!


Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium

3450 Ortiz Avenue, Ft. Myers, Florida

(239) 275-3435


Free Parking and Handicap Accessible

$10.00 Cash Entry Fee

This non-profit, 105-acre nature preserve is in urban Fort Myers and was established in 1970. Our special guides will take us on nature trails through several Florida ecosystems including pine flatwoods and the cypress dome swamp. Stunning flora and fauna abound. You will see an actual Florida Swamp with Alligators and Crocodiles, Native Plants, a Butterfly Garden, a Birds of Prey Aviary, Rescued Native Animals, and the Space Museum with a large collection of Meteorites.

The Full-dome Planetarium has a state-of-the-art projection system, a dome has a diameter of 44 feet and features shows from NASA, ESA, the European Southern Observatory and the International Planetarium Society as well as live stargazing presentations (the sky tonight).

The tour starts at 10:00 AM with the guided walk. At 11:00 the Planetarium show is presented followed at 11:45 by a live animal Show. The event ends at 12:30.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Guests are welcome!

To Register E-Mail, Text or Call

Alan Weckerling, Field Trip Coordinator


(340) 690-4321

Use the subject line “January Field Trip”


Dinner Meetings and Field Trips

The Society meets seven times a season from October through April to hear a technical presentation, socialize over dinner and have stimulating conversations. The technical speakers are invited from industry, universities and government agencies. Field trips are scheduled to visit businesses and facilities engaged in science and technology. Click on "Programs" above for the current schedule.

Scholarships and Grants

We provide support for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camps for Lee County students and scholarships for their participation. We grant scholarships for outstanding high school seniors who will pursue STEM majors in college, based upon recommendations by their science teachers. We currently are providing $200 grants to science teachers to help them purchase the supplies and equipment they need to effectively teach their students. We fund these programs through contributions by our members and other generous individuals and foundations. Click on "Scholarships and Grants" above for more information.

Science Fairs

Our members serve as judges for Lee County school science fairs and the annual Regional Science Fair. Participating as a judge is open to all members. Being able to interact with inquisitive young people and encourage them in their interest in science is an extremely rewarding experience for our members and the students. Click on "Science Fair Judging" above for more information and our current judging schedule.