CSI Adds to Executive Council


May 5, 2011

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Karen Stollznow and Elizabeth Loftus Join the Executive Council

Amherst, NY–May 5,
2011–The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) welcomes two additions
to its executive council. Karen Stollznow and Elizabeth Loftus
recently accepted posts.

Karen Stollznow has
spent over a decade investigating pseudoscientific and paranormal beliefs
and practices, including ghosts, aura reading, psychics, medical intuitives,
alternatives therapies, mediums, faith healing, conspiracy theories,
cults, pareidolia (seeing faces on places other than heads), religion,
haunted houses, and much more. 

Stollznow is a researcher at
the University of California at Berkeley and received her PhD in linguistics
from the University of New England. 

Known as a prolific writer
about skepticism, she is the “Naked Skeptic” columnist for CSI and
the “Bad Language” columnist for Skeptic magazine. Additionally,
she is a host of the Point of Inquiry podcast and a cohost of
the Monster Talk podcast. She is a contributing editor for the
Skeptical Inquirer
and managing editor of CSI’s peer-reviewed
journal the Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice.

Stollznow is also a research
fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation, director of the San
Francisco Bay Area Skeptics, and a contributor to many skeptical sites
and publications. She also contributes to BadCast, the Bad Psychics
podcast.

Elizabeth Loftus
is a world-renowned psychologist with an expertise in human memory.
She has conducted extensive research on the misinformation effect and
the nature of false memories. In 2002 she was ranked number 58 (the
highest ranked woman) on a list of the 100 most influential researchers
in psychology in the twentieth century.

Loftus received her bachelor’s
degree in mathematics and psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her MA and PhD degrees in psychology
from Stanford. 

At the University of California,
Irvine, Loftus is a distinguished
professor in the Department
of Psychology and Social Behavior; the Department of Criminology, Law,
and Society; and the Department of Cognitive Sciences and is also a
fellow of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and
a professor of law. 

“We are pleased to have both
of these distinguished scholars fighting for science and reason in the
trenches as part of their daily lives and professions on the executive
council,” says Barry Karr, executive director and fellow, CSI, and
consulting editor, SI. “With Karen’s humorous and stimulating contributions
to skepticism and Elizabeth’s achievements in academia, they are welcome
additions.” 

The Committee for Skeptical
Inquiry
is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting scientific
inquiry and critical investigation, including critical investigation
of claims relating to unconventional health care practices, such as
acupuncture, therapeutic touch, and homeopathic medicine. CSI’s advisors
include a number of leading scientists, some of whom are medical specialists.
A list of CSI’s fellows, advisors, and staff is available on CSI’s
website at www.csicop.org/about/csi_fellows_and_staff/.

The
Skeptical Inquirer
is the official journal of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI),
a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. CSI encourages
the critical investigation of paranormal and fringe-science claims from
a responsible, scientific point of view. Learn more about CSI and SI
at www.csicop.org

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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Council for Secular Humanism. The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Visit CFI on the web at centerforinquiry.org.