Save the Date for Joe Nickell

Joe Nickell at work in his office and laboratory at the Center for Inquiry
Joe Nickell at work in his office and laboratory at the Center for Inquiry

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Time (probably 6 pm) and location (Syracuse area) will be announced later.

CNY Skeptics is excited to welcome back paranormal investigator Joe Nickell!

Joe Nickell is possibly the most famous and best respected paranormal investigator in the world. Known for his scientific approach to investigations, Joe never dismisses claims out of hand and is acknowledged for his compassion toward individuals who sincerely believe in everything from Bigfoot to alien abduction.

Joe holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and is Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry – an international scientific organization – and investigative columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine. He is the author of over twenty books including, most recently, The Science of Miracles: Investigation the Incredible and Ambrose Bierce Is Missing and Other Historical Mysteries.

His list of television appearances include “Larry King Live,” “Oprah,” “Ricki Lake,” “Jerry Springer Show,” “Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious Universe,” “Unsolved Mysteries,” “Politically Incorrect,” “20/20,” in addition to several documentaries on the Discovery Channel (“The Science of Magic,” “America’s Haunted Houses,” and the “Science Mysteries” series), History Channel, National Geographic Channel, and many others.

Mark your calendar for May 20, and join us for what is sure to be an entertaining and informative presentation by Joe Nickell.

January 2015 Meeting

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The End of Snow: Will Climate Change Melt our Winters?

Professor Susan Millar, Syracuse University

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 7:00 PM
Manlius Library, 1 Arkie Albanese Ave,
Manlius, NY 13104

About the presentation
Temperature records indicate that Earth has warmed an average of 0.85°C during the period 1880 to 2012. That increase, however, has been experienced most significantly at middle and high latitudes, regions that have witnessed as much as 2 degrees Celsius of warming. As New York still reels at the memory of last month’s mammoth snow storm in Buffalo, dumping unprecedented totals in excess of two meters in places, one has to question exactly how anthropogenic warming could possibly be connected. In this presentation, I will explore the atmospheric processes responsible for “snow events”, how snow fall has changed globally, and here in New York, why these changes may well be related to climate change, and what it means for the future of the Golden Snowfall Award.


About the speaker
Susan W. S. Millar is an Associate Professor of Geography at Syracuse University. Professor Millar is originally from Scotland, and hiking the Munros and Corbetts fueled her research interest in periglacial slope processes in both Quaternary and modern contexts. She has conducted NSF-sponsored research in Alaska, Colorado and New York State, examining connections between microclimate, freezing depth, and soil sedimentological characteristics. An on-going project explores relations between changing snow patterns in Central New York and how these affect soil thermal conditions.

Solstice Party 2014

Celebrate the Solstice with CNY Skeptics

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It’s almost time for the annual CNY Skeptics Solstice Party. Our hosts are the always gracious Bryce and Judy Hand. The date of the party is December 20, and the time is 6 pm.

The Hands will provide turkey and stuffing, a vegetarian dish, and hot spiced cider. The rest is up to you. Email the Hands with your dinner contribution.

Bryce and Judy Hand
132 Lynn Circle
Syracuse, NY 13205

November 2014 Meeting

Ethan Kocak with lizard on head

Cartoon Science and Skepticism with Ethan Kocak

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 7:00 PM
Dewitt Community Library
Shoppingtown Mall
Dewitt, NY

About the presentation
Comics and cartoons are usually considered within the domain of entertainment, but at their core is the goal of communication. This discussion is about how that conversation can be about science, skepticism, and critical thinking and what form of comics and cartooning best suits communicating these topics. Since the Internet and comics are now so intertwined, we’ll also have to consider how that changes the discussion, for better or worse, and there will be some live demonstration of what digital comics creation looks like.

About the speaker
Ethan Kocak is an animator and illustrator who lives in Syracuse, NY. He is primarily known for drawing the webcomic “The Black Mudpuppy,” but has also been involved in the animation project “The Darwin Finches,” the all-science “Tetrapod Zoology Comic,” which is written by paleontologist Darren Naish, and “Al the Anoma Llama” with Doubtful News’s Sharon Hill. When not drawing, he’s writing, tweeting, or being a dad.