CSI Announces New Fellows

February 7, 2011

Amherst, NY – February 7, 2011 – The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) welcomed the New Year with the announcement of twelve newly elected fellows. For over thirty years, its fellows have served as an invaluable resource for CSI and the magazine it publishes, the Skeptical Inquirer.

The announcement and biographical sketches of the new class will be published in the forthcoming March/April 2011 issue of SI.

The twelve scholars and investigators elected are outstanding skeptics from five countries who have made major contributions to science and reason, critical inquiry, and public education. The new fellows include science writers Sandra Blakeslee and Simon Singh; psychologist Anthony R. Pratkanis and Keith E. Stanovich; physicist Mark Boslough; physician and alternative medicine critic Edzard Ernst; and investigator/writers Benjamin Radford and Karen Stollznow. Several other prominent leaders of the skeptical movement have also been elected: Sanal Edamaruku, president of the Indian Rationalist Association and Rationalist International; Wendy M. Grossman, founder of the United Kingdom’s The Skeptic magazine; Barry Karr, executive director of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry; and Richard Saunders, vice president of the Australian Skeptics.

“We are pleased that so many distinguished scholars, researches, academics, and people fighting for science and reason in the trenches as part of their daily lives and professions have joined with CSI,” Karr said.

Meet the 2011 class of CSI fellows:

Sandra Blakeslee has spent nearly all of her career writing about science for the New York Times. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Mark Boslough is regularly seen in science documentaries and news reports both explaining his research on planetary impacts and participating in expeditions to remote impact sites.

Sanal Edamaruku is a prominent writer, columnist, and television personality who is considered the most outspoken and dynamic advocate of rationalism in India.

Edzard Ernst holds both MD and PhD degrees. He is one of the world’s leading and best-informed critics of alternative medicine and has been awarded thirteen scientific prizes and awards.

Wendy M. Grossman founded the United Kingdom’s The Skeptic magazine in 1987 and has served twice as its editor. She is a frequent contributor to the Guardian’s technology section.

Barry Karr is the executive director of CSI and a member of the management committee of the Center for Inquiry. He is also a Skeptical Inquirer consulting editor.

Anthony R. Pratkanis is a social psychologist and expert on economic fraud crimes, propaganda, marketing and consumer behavior, and subliminal persuasion. He is coauthor of several books.

Benjamin Radford is a research fellow of CSI and a premier science-based investigator of “unexplained” phenomena. He is also the managing editor of the Skeptical Inquirer.

Richard Saunders is the vice president of Australian Skeptics. He co-founded The Mystery Investigators skeptical science show for schools and founded Sydney Skeptics in the Pub.

Simon Singh is a leading science journalist in Britain who earned his PhD in particle physics at Cambridge.

Keith E. Stanovich is the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award in education and is hailed as one of the most influential cognitive psychologists in the world.

Karen Stollznow has a PhD in linguistics and is director of the Bay Area Skeptics. She is a research fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation.

CSI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting scientific inquiry and critical investigation, including critical investigation of claims relating to unconventional healthcare 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 http://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 http://www.csicop.org.

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