AJ Mell is a freelance writer and scourge of human folly. His skeptical interests include cults, creationism, the history of spiritualism, and the extremes of human belief. He lives in Brooklyn.
Barry is a computer software researcher, currently working as an Internet standards consultant after retiring at the end of February, 2009, as a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research center. He has recently been spending most of his time working on antispam technology and standards and Internet security, and still keeping a finger or two in context services technology - aiming to connect users better to their important (non-spam) messages while avoiding inundation by unimportant or annoying messages. Barry served on the Internet Architecture Board from 2007 to 2009. He is on the editorial board for IEEE Internet Computing magazine, and edits the Standards department of the magazine. He is a program chair for the 2010 Collaboration, Electronic messaging, Anti-Abuse and Spam Conference.
Dr. Snyder is Medical Director of the teaching clinic at Baystate Children’s Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Snyder was Chief of the Section of General Pediatrics and Medical Director of Pediatric Ambulatory Care at Saint Vincent's Hospital in New York City. Since 1994, Dr. Snyder has been active in pediatric resident and medical student education with a particular interest in evidence based pediatrics. His main area of interest is medical myth and the ways in which parents utilize information in making medical decisions for their children. One area of focus has been vaccine myth, and he lectures frequently on this subject in both academic and community settings. In addition to his work with NYC Skeptics, Dr. Snyder is a contributor to the Science Based Medicine blog and is a BeWell Expert. Dr. Snyder graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed his residency training in pediatrics at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He is board certified in Pediatrics, and is a Fellow of The American Academy of Pediatrics.
I'm a journalist with a B.A. in statistics from Columbia. After graduating in 2005, I spent several years as a research assistant for social science professors at Columbia, Harvard and MIT, including a year writing case studies on international economics for Harvard Business School. I'm now a full time writer and editor based in New York, covering science, religion, and culture for publications including Science and The Humanist. I'm also a guest blogger for Massimo Pigliucci at Rationally Speaking. Massimo and I will be co-hosting the Rationally Speaking podcast, sponsored by the NYC Skeptics and scheduled to launch in January 2010. I'm a devoted member of the NYC Skeptics and the Center for Inquiry, and I frequently cajole people into letting me give public lectures on rationality.
Kylie Sturgess has been a member of the New York Skeptics since she discovered their very cool 'Darwin '08' shirts. She currently works as a research assistant in Western Australia and is doing an M.Ed on the measurement of paranormal beliefs.
Lisa Bauer teaches undergraduate level measurement, research design and experimental psychology. She is also a graduate student of psychology and has an M.S. in neuroscience. Her skeptical interests include analysis of flawed or pseudoscientific methodology, as well as general neuro- and psycho- mythology. She lives in the Bronx, enjoys campy horror movies and gaming.
Massimo Pigliucci is a Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York-Lehman College. His research is concerned with philosophy of science, the relationship between science and philosophy, and the relationship between science and religion. He received a Doctorate in Genetics from the University of Ferrara in Italy, a PhD in Botany from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He has published over a hundred technical papers, several books, and pens the “Rationally Speaking” blog. Professor Pigliucci has been awarded the prestigious Dobzhansky Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution and elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for fundamental studies of genotype by environmental interactions and for public defense of evolutionary biology from pseudoscientific attack.” In the areas of outreach and critical thinking, Prof. Pigliucci has published in national magazines such as Skeptic, Skeptical Inquirer, Philosophy Now, The Philosopher’s Magazine, Secular Nation and American Atheist magazine. He has also been elected as a Consultant for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.
Michael De Dora Jr. is executive director of the New York City branch of the Center for Inquiry (CFI), serving as a public voice for a thinktank that works to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Along with his full-time work at CFI, Michael is a political science graduate student at CUNY’s Brooklyn College (’10), where he studies philosophy and government. Before joining CFI, Michael was a news writer and editor at and the City University of New York (CUNY) at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). Michael spent his undergraduate years at the State University of New York at Albany (’05), where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric and Communication.
Michael Rosch is also the NY Atheism & Skepticism Examiner, has a regular blog, Skepacabra, and is a co-founder of and contributor to, a site that’s particularly focused on challenging the myths and misconceptions being perpetuated in the popular media about vaccines and autism.
New York City Skeptics is the parent organization for Gotham Skeptic. Big doings in the organization will be posted on the blog as well as on the website at
Page received her doctorate in Zoology. After several years of studying fuzzy mammals in exotic locales, she has settled in New York City. As a scientist, an educator, and a student, she is always looking to further develop her critical thinking skills in all areas of her life. Page sits on the Board of Directors for the New York City Skeptics, and is part of the organizing committee for the Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS). She works at Columbia University.
Scott is the Volunteer Coordinator and Membership lead for the Center for Inquiry|New York. His own blog, Skepuality, can be found at
The Quixotic Man, aka Jake Dickerman, also contributes to the Huffington Post and The Brew Yorker blogs. His skeptical interests focus on journalism and how the mainstream press deals with science topics.

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