Schedule

NECSS 2015 Schedule

Below is the current NECSS 2015 schedule of events. All times are approximate and the schedule is subject to change. Please note that the below schedule does not denote stretch breaks.

Thursday April 9, 2015 – Workshops

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Workshop 1A: Viewing Futurism Skeptically

Leader: John Rennie


Workshop 1B: Science Using a Handheld Microscope

Leader: Latasha Wright

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Workshop 2A: The Art of Communicating Science to the Public

Leader: Stephen Hall


Workshop 2B: Ask a Biologist!

Leader: Yelena Bernadskaya

12:45 PM – 02:15 PM

Lunch (not included)

02:15 PM – 03:30 PM

Workshop 3A: Advanced Critical Thinking

Leader: Steve Novella


Workshop 3B: Social Media, Science & Skepticism

Leaders: Brian Wecht & Jay Novella

03:45 PM – 05:00 PM

Workshop 4A: Social Media, Science & Skepticism

Leaders: Brian Wecht & Jay Novella


Workshop 4B The Science of Taste

Leaders: Rachel Meyer

Thursday April 9, 2015 – Evening events

07:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Drinking Skeptically

Friday April 10, 2015 – Main Conference Day 1

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Science-Based Medicine: Beyond Integrated Medicine

Steve Novella

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Chiropractic: Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

Harriet Hall

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Integrative Medicine: Integrating Cow Pie with Apple Pie

David Gorski

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How Acupuncture “Works”

Mark Crislip

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Political Pseudoscience

Jann Bellamy

12:30 PM – 02:00 PM

Lunch (not included)

02:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Panel: The Placebo Effect

All SfSBM Presenters

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Q&A from Audience and Twitter

All SfSBM Presenters

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Science-Based Medicine Jeopardy

All SfSBM Presenters

Friday April 10, 2015 – Evening events

07:30PM – 09:30PM

George Hrab Presents: The SGU Skeptical Extravaganza w Bill Nye

George Hrab, Steve Novella, Bob Novella, Jay Novella, Evan Bernstein, & Bill Nye

07:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Drinking Skeptically

Saturday April 11, 2015 – Main Conference Day 2

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

America’s War On Sex – the Successful Subversion of Secularism

Marty Klein

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Mastermind: Mastering the rational thinking of Sherlock Holmes.

Maria Konnikova

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Panel: Boots on The Ground – Improving Access to the STEM Pipeline

Jeanne Garbarino, Simona Giunta, Latasha Wright, Sabriya Stukes

12:30 PM – 02:00 PM

Lunch (not included)

02:00 PM – 06:00 PM

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe Live

Steve Novella, Bob Novella, Jay Novella, Evan Bernstein

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Panel: String Theory and Other Impossibilities

Brian Wecht, Deborah Berebichez, Other participants to be announced

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Keynote Speaker

Bill Nye

Saturday April 11, 2015 – Evening events

06:30PM – 08:30PM

Fundraising Reception

07:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Drinking Skeptically

09:00PM – 10:30PM

SGU Private Show

Sunday April 12, 2015 – Main Conference Day 3

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Topic to be announced

Deborah Berebichez

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Topic to be announced

Speaker to be announced

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Rationally Speaking Live

Massimo Pigliucci and Julia Galef

12:30 PM – 02:00 PM

Lunch (not included)

02:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Panel: Scare Tactics? The Media Response to Infectious Disease

Ann Reynolds, Paul Offit, Other panelists to be announced

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Panel: Who’s Crazy Now? DSM-5 and Classifying Psychiatric Illness

Harriet Hall, Marty Klein, Heather Berlin, Steve Novella

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The Neural Basis of Improvisation

Heather Berlin

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Leeches and the Origins of Modern Medicine

Mark Siddall

Sunday April 12, 2015 – Evening events

To be announced