Paranormal Investigator 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

Important parking information

Be advised that Ferrante Quad is fenced off due to construction. Please park in Lot 13 next to the SRC arena and follow the bridge down to Storer Auditorium. For handicapped parking use Lot 2 behind Ferrante Hall. Storer is located on the second floor of Ferrante Hall.

We previously said that Storer was in the Whitney Technology Building, but it is not. It is in Ferrante Hall.

Investigating the Paranormal: Ghosts, Monsters, Miracles, and Other Strange Mysteries

John Edson Sweet Lecture by
Joe Nickell, Ph.D.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Time: 6:30 PM at the Storer Auditorium, Ferrante Hall, Onondaga Community College

This even is free and open to the public.

CNY Skeptics and TACNY are excited to welcome back paranormal investigator Joe Nickell!

Currently the world’s only full-time, scientific investigator of the paranormal, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Senior Research Fellow Joe Nickell will speak about his many past and present investigations into the paranormal, including weeping icons, crop circles, alien abductions, monsters, haunted houses, spontaneous human combustions, and many others. In contrast to many paranormal proponents, who are little more than mystery mongers, or to some skeptics who call themselves “debunkers,” Joe Nickell holds that mysteries should neither be fostered nor dismissed. Instead, they should be carefully investigated with a view toward solving them. He has spent his life trying to do just that—whether the mysteries were paranormal, historical, forensic, or literary

Joe Nickell, Ph.D. (University of Kentucky, 1987), is Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI)—an international scientific organization—and investigative columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine. A former professional stage magician (he was Resident Magician at the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame for three years) and private investigator for a world-famous detective agency, Dr. Nickell taught technical writing for several years at the University of Kentucky before taking the full-time position with CSI at its offices at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, New York.

Utilizing his varied background, Nickell has become widely known as an investigator of myths and mysteries, frauds, forgeries, and hoaxes. He has been called “the modern Sherlock Holmes,” “the original ghost buster,” and “the real-life Scully” (from “The X-Files” ). He has investigated scores of haunted-house cases, including the Amityville Horror and the Mackenzie House in Toronto, Canada. Nickell was an inspiration for Hilary Swank’s role as a miracle investigator in The Reaping (2007). He is the author of more than twenty books, and regularly appears on TV and radio to discuss his investigations.

March 2015 Meeting

3-D prototyping facility at Makerspace
3-D prototyping facility at Makerspace

Michael Giannattasio, MFA

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7:00 PM
Dewitt Community Library, 3649 Erie Blvd. East, Dewitt, NY 13121

About the presentation
Michael Giannattasio will be covering what additive manufacturing techniques mean to the new inventor/entrepreneur. We now are becoming aware of what 3D printing is and how to make something from our own desk but, what are we really making? How can we turn these new tools into something productive and meaningful?

3-D printers and equipment at Makerspace
3-D printing equipment


About the speaker
Michael Giannattasio is the founder and director of SALT Makerspace. He grew up in California just south of San Francisco. where he experienced a very diverse population which influenced his outlook and goals in life.

Michael received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from California State College Chico. While there he worked with glass, bronze, aluminum, wood, and ceramics refining his process and knowledge of various mediums. Once his degree was completed he worked as a studio assistant, independent fabricator, and professional artist.

In 2009 Michael moved to Syracuse, NY, to go to Syracuse University and began working in the Sculpture Masters in Fine Arts program in VPA. During this time he focused on experiences relating to location specifically developed through digital installations.

In 2012 he began working with 40 Below specifically with the Public Arts Task-force creating collaborative permanent public art works in the City of Syracuse. During this time SALT Makerspace started to develop. During the last two years he has worked with a group of artists, engineers, fabricators, and business experts to develop a business plan that outlined how the Makerspace would sustain itself and what it would offer the community.

Photo of Michael Giannattasio
Michael Giannattasio

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: 6:00 PM at the Storer Auditorium, Whitney Applied Technology Center, Onondaga Community College

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.