Harriet Hall and Steven Novella Join Committee for Skeptical Inquiry’s Executive Council

November 21, 2012

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry is proud to announce that two luminaries of science and skepticism, CSI Fellows Harriet Hall and Steven Novella, have been elected to the Committee’s Executive Council. 

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“We’re extremely fortunate to have two such important figures in the skeptic movement formally take leadership positions at CSI,” said Barry Karr, executive director of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. “Dr. Hall and Dr. Novella have made extraordinary contributions to the public’s understanding of science, and have better armed us against the insidiously false and absurd claims that pervade medicine and the media.”

Harriet A. Hall, MD, a retired Air Force physician and flight surgeon, has made a national name for herself by educating the public about pseudoscientific and so-called alternative medicine. She is a contributing editor and frequent contributor to both Skeptical Inquirer and Skeptic magazines, and wrote “The Health Inspector” column for O, The Oprah Magazine. On the web, she contributes to the blog Science-Based Medicine and serves as an advisor for the website Quackwatch. In 2008, she published the book Women Aren’t Supposed to Fly: The Memoirs of a Female Flight Surgeon, and co-authored the 2012 textbook, Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions.

Steven P. Novella, MD, is an academic clinical neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine. His column “The Science of Medicine” regularly appears in Skeptical Inquirer, and he is host of the popular weekly science podcast The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe. His website NeuroLogicaBlog covers news and issues in neuroscience, skepticism, and critical thinking, and he is founder and executive editor of the website Science-Based Medicine. He is currently president of the New England Skeptical Society, a senior fellow and Director of Science-Based Medicine at the James Randi Educational Foundation, and a founding fellow of the Institute for Science in Medicine. 

Members of the CSI Executive Council are charged with developing programs for the Committee and making recommendations as to the activities and areas of activism on which CSI should focus. They serve on the editorial board of Skeptical Inquirer, assist and advise in conference and event planning, take part in the election of new Fellows and Consultants, and represent CSI at outside events and in the media.

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The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization that encourages the critical investigation of paranormal, alternative medicine, and fringe-science claims from a responsible, scientific point of view. It is also the publisher of the magazine Skeptical Inquirer, and an affiliate organization of the Center for Inquiry. Learn more about CSI and SI at www.csicop.org.

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