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Unbeknownst to many, alternative medicine is gradually gaining a foothold in veterinary medicine. Acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbal medicine and other modalities are not only being recommended by alternative veterinary medicine proponents, but they are becoming incorporated into otherwise reputable veterinary clinics across the country. I will discuss the state of alternative medicine in veterinary medicine and how it is, in some ways, more insidious than in human practice.
Martha Keller, DVM, MS, Veterinarian, St. Petersburg, FL and organizer for the Pinellas County Skeptics
Dr. Keller is a practicing veterinarian from St. Petersburg, FL. She's worked for a variety of institutions including non-profit research institutes, state fish and wildlife programs, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and private practices. She currently works as a relief veterinarian (locum tenens), which has given her the opportunity to evaluate the operating practices of a wide variety of small animal and emergency clinics from the inside. In addition to her veterinary work, Dr. Keller founded and is the head organizer for the Pinellas County Skeptics.
by Ivan Alvarado
Scientists with their lingo and instruments can most certainly deceive the public endorsing extraordinary claims. We present Marcel Vogel in the Billy Meier's metal samples analysis as an example of such deception.
Ivan Alvarado, PhD in Engineering, Independent Investigations Group, Hollywood, CA
Ivan Alvarado obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. For over 10 years he has collaborated in multiple research programs in both academy and industry, all of them in the area of nano-scale fabrication for electronics and photonics. His areas of expertise are Electron Beam Lithography, Scanning Electron Microscopy, EDS Microanalysis, and Atomic Force Microscopy. He is a currently an active member of the Independent Investigations Group in Hollywood, California.
by david gamble
Having faced a $3 Million libel lawsuit for a comment written on his blog by somebody else, David has successfully survived and emerged from the experience a lot wiser. He has four specific points to share that will enable bloggers, and those who comment on blogs, to avoid pointless and frivolous libel lawsuits.
Dave Gamble, Blogger, www.SkepticalScience.com, and Information Consultant
David was once a rabid fundamentalist nut who was crazy enough to have spent time in Africa Evangelising. Having successfully applied critical thinking over a period of several years, he has managed to disengage from the cult he was once a member of and blossom as both a skeptic and science blogger. He is also the founder of a small consultancy that specializes in information management, has drafted several ISO standards, and chaired several committees that reviewed and endorsed proposals for integration standards.
by Eran Segev
When Dr. Ken Harvey initiated yet another complaint against the sponsor of a fraudulent remedy, he didn’t expect the long legal battle that awaited him, nor did he expect the help the skeptical movement would provide. This talk tells Ken’s story.
Eran Segev, President of Australian Skeptics Inc
Eran is a senior manager in the field of IT, a father of three skeptics (two of whom are taller than him), a reporter for the Skeptic Zone podcast, an occasional contributor to The Skeptic magazine (Australia), one of the organizers of TAM Australia and the President of Australian Skeptics Inc.
by Jeffrey Rosky
Post-conviction polygraph testing is sold as an evidence-based tool in sex offender supervision that will increase disclosures of prior offending, improve treatment and supervision outcomes, and deter future offending. This talk examines these claims in detail to show that there is no evidence that polygraph testing improves outcomes or deters offending and that this intervention displays all the hallmarks of correctional quackery.
Jeffrey Rosky, Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
Dr. Rosky is an assistant professor in UCF's Department of Criminal Justice. His research interests include criminological theory, correctional treatment programs, and social science research methods. Prior to his academic career, he worked as researcher in the Montana and Colorado state correctional systems and as a biostatistician in environmental science, public health, and infectious disease.
The Discovery Institute has successfully rebranded creationism as “intelligent design,” a term manufactured to advance creationism as science. In this brief discussion I examine the Discovery Institute as an advocacy think tank, and explore their means of securing public engagement.
Christine M. Shellska, MCS (Communications Studies)
Christine is a PhD Canadidate (ABD) in the Department of Communication and Culture, Faculty of Arts, at the University of Calgary. Her research involves studying the rhetorical strategies the Intelligent Design movement uses to advance its claims as scientific.
Panelists include Harriet Hall, David Gorski, and Rachel Dunlop
Moderated by Steve Novella
by Carrie Poppy
Location: Sonoma A/B
LIVE recording & stream of Penn's Sunday School podcast from TAM!
by Lyz Liddell
James Randi, Christopher diCarlo, and Sean Faircloth will be signing books at the TAM Store in the prefunction area.
by Tim Farley
Panelists include Karen Stollznow, Ben Radford, James Randi, and Banachek
Moderated by Carrie Poppy
by Ray Hyman
Participants will be instructed on how to do “psychic” or character readings. They will also will perform readings on each other. The goal is not to increase the number of cold readers, but to show how easily a cold reading can convince people they have experienced the supernatural.
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass.
Teachers, parents, and activists for education will learn new teaching strategies and build critical-thinking curricula. The workshop will include demonstrations and lessons appropriate for a variety of age groups and an opportunity to discuss specific challenges with the panel and other educators.
Requires separate ticket or All Workshop Pass.
UNOFFICIAL get-together - not sponsored by JREF.
Meet Pamela Gay and Nicole Gugliucci at this informal meetup set up by CosmoQuest.
7PM at Freakin' Frog! Meet at horse statue at end of escalators to catch rides/cab.
Heads up! Apparently the Freakin Frog's kitchen last night was s-l-o-w BUT good beer selection. Maybe eat first? Feel free to grab a cab out there any time, and tweet @noisyastronomer or @starstryder to check that we're still there.
The JREF offers a million dollar prize for scientific proof of a paranormal ability.
12th–15th July 2012