Schedule

NECSS 2016 Schedule

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Thursday May 12, 2016 – Workshop Day

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Workshop 1A: Activism for Anyone

Leader: Steve Lundquist


Workshop 1B: The Skeptical Health Care Consumer

Leader: Steve Novella

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Workshop 2A: Ask the Physicists!

Leaders: Neer Asherie & Brian Wecht


Workshop 2B: How to Argue

Leader: Steve Novella

12:45 PM – 02:15 PM

Lunch (not included)

02:15 PM – 03:30 PM

Workshop 3A: The Star Wars and Star Trek Universes: A Deep Dive

Leaders: David Kyle Johnson, Jay Novella, Steve Novella, & Brian Wecht


Workshop 3B: Master Authority NLP Skeptic Practitioner Speed Certification

Leader: Brian Walker

03:45 PM – 05:00 PM

Workshop 4A: VocalLab – A Participatory Tour Through the Science of Human Vocalization

Leader: Hai-Ting Chinn


Workshop 4B: Improv for the Skeptically Minded

Leaders: Jay Novella & Brian Wecht

Thursday May 12, 2016 – Evening Events

07:30 PM – 9:00 PM

George Hrab – The Broad Street Score

Friday May 13, 2016 – Main Conference Day 1

09:30 AM – 09:40 AM

Opening

Jamy Ian Swiss

09:40 AM – 10:15 PM

Harriet Hall

Functional Medicine is Dysfunctional

10:15 AM – 10:50 PM

Grant Ritchey

Dental CAM

10:50 AM – 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM – 12:10 PM

Jann Bellamy & Scott Gavura

Natural Disaster: Dietary Supplements

12:10 PM – 01:40 PM

Lunch Break

01:40 PM – 02:15 PM

John Snyder

Kids & CAM: Playing Make-Believe with Children’s Health

02:15 PM – 02:50 PM

Saul Hymes

Chronic Lyme: When Life Hands You Lemons

02:50 PM – 03:25 PM

Clay Jones

Your Baby’s Spine Will Be Just Fine Without Chiropractic Adjustment

03:25 PM – 03:35 PM

Break

03:35 PM – 04:10 PM

Steve Novella

Bayesian Statistics

04:10 PM – 05:15 PM

Panel: Should Physicians “Fire” Anti-Vaccination Patients?

Saul Hymes, Clay Jones, & John Snyder

05:15 PM – 06:00 PM

Panel: Ask Us Anything: Audience & Twitter Q&A

Jann Bellamy, Scott Gavura, Harriet Hall, Saul Hymes, Clay Jones, Steve Novella, Grant Ritchey, & John Snyder

Friday May 13, 2016 – Evening events

07:30PM – 09:30PM

George Hrab Presents: The SGU Skeptical Extravaganza

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

08:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Drinking Skeptically

Saturday May 14, 2016 – Main Conference Day 2

09:30 AM – 09:40 AM

Opening

Jamy Ian Swiss

09:40 AM – 10:15 PM

Deborah Berebichez

Outrageous Acts of Thinking

10:15 AM – 10:50 PM

Shari Berkowitz

Wrongful Convictions: The Importance of Science and Skepticism in the Courtroom​​

10:50 AM – 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Bill Nye

Video Judo: Science Guy versus Anti-Science Guys

12:00 PM – 01:30 PM

Lunch Break

01:30 PM – 03:00 PM

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe Live

Evan Bernstein, Bob Novella, Jay Novella, Steve Novella, & Cara Santa Maria with special guest Bill Nye

03:00 PM – 03:15 PM

Break

03:15 PM – 04:30 PM

Panel: Diversity in Science & Space Exploration

Deborah Berebichez, Rachel Crane, Hussein Jirdeh, & Jennifer Lopez

04:30 PM – 04:45 PM

Break

04:45 PM – 06:30 PM

Richard Wiseman

Positive Skepticism/Experimental

Saturday May 14, 2016 – Evening Events

07:30 PM – 09:30 PM

NECSS 2016 Social

09:00PM – 10:30PM

SGU Private Show

Sunday May 15, 2016 – Main Conference Day 3

09:30 AM – 09:35 AM

Opening

Jamy Ian Swiss

09:35 AM – 10:10 PM

Yvette d’Entremont

Mistakes Skeptics Make (and How to Avoid Them)

10:10 AM – 10:45 PM

Maria Konnikova

The Confidence Game​​

10:45 AM – 10:55 AM

Break

10:55 AM – 11:30 PM

Michael Mann

The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening our Planet, Destroying our Politics, and Driving us Crazy

11:30 PM – 12:05 PM

Jennifer Lopez

Destination: International Space Station

12:05 PM – 01:35 PM

Lunch Break

01:35 PM – 02:50 PM

Rationally Speaking Live

Julia Galef & Jacob Appel

02:50 PM – 03:00 PM

Break

03:00 PM – 04:15 PM

Free Speech, Social Justice, & Political Correctness

Heather Berlin, Will Creeley, Yvette d’Entremont, Julia Galef, John McWhorter, & Brian Wecht

04:15 PM – 04:30 PM

Break

04:30 PM – 05:05 PM

John McWhorter

World’s Languages in 2525: Fewer, Easier, Oraller

05:05 PM – 05:40 PM

John Horgan

Skepticism: Hard versus Soft Targets

05:40 PM – 05:50 PM

Closing

Jamy Ian Swiss

Sunday May 15, 2016 – Evening events

08:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Baba Brinkman: Rap Guide to Religion