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Sharon Hill

          • Science and Society Specialist
          • Public Outreach Specialist
          • Geologist (Licensed: PA)
          • Researcher on the paranormal, pseudoscience and anomalies
          • Creator and editor, Doubtful News
          • Scientific and Technical Consultant for Center for Inquiry
          • Science Consultant
          • Advocate for evidence-focused skepticism and critical thinking
          • Owner, Lithospherica, LLC
          • Creative Consultant and Content Editor for the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF)
 

~Education~

B.S., Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, 1992

Ed.M., Science and the Public, University at Buffalo: The State University of New York, 2010

~Publications~

2002. “An Evolutionary Holiday” in Darwin Day Collection Volume One: the single best idea, ever. Tangled Bank Press: Albuquerque, NM.

2002. “Haunted Cape May”. Skeptical Briefs, September 2002, Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP)
http://www.csicop.org/sb/show/haunted_cape_may/

2005. “What was that in the lake?”. Inquiring Minds Newsletter, Summer 2005. Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP).

2005. “Looney Moon-y Ideas”. Inquiring Minds Newsletter, Fall 2005. Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP).

2005. “Resolving Sinkhole Issues: A state government perspective”, in Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, Beck (ed.), ASCE, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 144: 520-528.

2007. “Whispers from the Earth”, in Intermediate States: The Anomalist 13. 2007. Anomalist Books.

2011. “Cryptozoology and Pseudoscience,” Skeptical Briefs 21: 13 Fall 2011. http://www.csicop.org/sb/show/cryptozoology_and_pseudoscience

2011. “Interview with Indre Viskontas: Miracle Detective”, Skeptical Inquirer 35:6 Nov/Dec 2011. http://www.csicop.org/si/show/getting_people_to_think_more_deeply

2011. “Bridging the Chasm: Follow-up for Skeptics”, Skeptical Blog Anthology. Young Australian Skeptics. Lulu.com.

2012. “Amateur Paranormal Research and Investigation Groups Doing ‘Sciencey’ Things”, Skeptical Inquirer 36:2 March/April 2012.  http://www.csicop.org/si/show/amateur_paranormal_research_and_investigation_groups_doing_sciencey_things

2013. “The Ketchum Project: What to Believe about Bigfoot DNA ‘Science’,” Skeptical Briefs 23:1 Spring 2013. http://www.csicop.org/sb/show/the_ketchum_project_what_to_believe_about_bigfoot_dna_science

2013. “Bigfoot DNA Study: Making an End Run Around Science,” Skeptical Inquirer  27:3 May/June 2013.

2013. “Shadow of the Slenderman” Fortean Times  305 September 2013.

2014. “Don’t Go There” Australian Skeptic  34:2, June 2014.

~Media Projects~

2006-Present.  Doubtful  http://idoubtit.wordpress.com/doubtful/

2011-Present.  Doubtful News  http://doubtfulnews.com A unique source of paranormal, pseudoscience and anomalous news.
Doubtful News Promo Spot

2012-Present. Sounds Sciencey column on Skeptical Inquirer web site. http://www.csicop.org/specialarticles/archive/category/sounds_sciencey

2012-2014. Virtual Skeptics vodcast  http://virtualskeptics.com/

2013-2014. Blogger for Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sharon-hill/

~Featured web articles~

‘Getting People to Think More Deeply’.  Skeptical Inquirer, Volume 35.6, November/December 2011  http://www.csicop.org/si/show/getting_people_to_think_more_deeply

Cryptozoology and Pseudoscience. Skeptical Briefs Volume 21.3, Fall 2011 http://www.csicop.org/sb/show/cryptozoology_and_pseudoscience

Amateur Paranormal Research and Investigation Groups Doing ‘Sciencey’ Things. Skeptical Inquirer, Volume 36.2, March/April 2012  http://www.csicop.org/si/show/amateur_paranormal_research_and_investigation_groups_doing_sciencey_things

Skeptacular: Best of the Doubtful blog (contains links to highlighted posts) http://idoubtit.wordpress.com/best_of_doubtful/

Media Guide to Skepticism. Doubtful News http://doubtfulnews.com/media-guide-to-skepticism/

Guest posts on Culture of Science, Bigfoot Lunch Club, JREF – Swift blog, Paranormal Pop Culture and Skeptoid

~Presentations/Speaking~

Resolving Sinkhole Issues: A state government perspective
Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, San Antonio, TX. (2005)

Stockertown Sinkhole Saga
Geological Society of America Northeast Regional Meeting, Hershey, PA. (2006)
Harrisburg Area Geological Society, Harrisburg, PA. (2012)

Noncoal Quarry Permitting and Regulation in PA
Lecture at Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA. (2009)

21st Century Noncoal Regulatory Issues
The 46th Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals, Middletown, PA. (2010)

Antiscience
Lehigh Valley Humanists  (2010)
Narrated long-version of this presentation available at http://www.slideshare.net/idoubtit/antiscience-slidecast

Being Scientifical
Skepticamp, D.C., (2010) Available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiaEr8dVP4w
Balticon: Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention (2011)

Ethics in Geology
Pennsylvania Geological Survey training for professional geologist licensure exam. Harrisburg, PA (2011)

Real Mad Scientists
Balticon: Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention Panel with J. Monahan and J. Ashmeade. Baltimore, MD (2011)

Coalition Building for the Skeptical Activist
Workshop at The Amazing Meeting with D. Silverman, D, Niose, C. Stedman and B. Mervine. Las Vegas, NV (2012)
Available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dwrYaBFfv4

How to Think About Weird News
Camp Inquiry, Holland, NY  (2012)

Attracting a Mix: Skeptics and Believers
Dragon Con [Skeptic Track] panel with T. Farley and N. Giulucci, Atlanta, GA (2012)

On Skepticism
PA Atheists/Humanists Conference, Harrisburg, PA (2012)
Available at http://youtu.be/3QTkFJLC2u8

How to Think About Weird News
CSICon, Nashville, TN (2012)

Sounds Sciencey
NECSS (Northeast Conference of Science and Skepticism), New York City (2013)
Available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CmgweT0eE0
Central New Jersey Mensa Snowball meeting Keynote (2014)

I Doubt That: The Media Guide to Skepticism
James Randi Educational Foundation Workshop with B. Drescher, Los Angeles, CA (2013) Available at http://youtu.be/ybKMv_nvBjo

The Honest Broker of Doubtful News
The Amazing Meeting (TAM), Las Vegas, NV (2013)

Going Forward: The Prospective Mission of Skepticism
The Amazing Meeting (TAM) panel with B. Drescher, D. Loxton, S. Novella, J.I. Smith, Las Vegas, NV (2013)

Bigfoot Skeptics: Abominable Science!
The Amazing Meeting (TAM) panel with D. Prothero, D, Loxton and B. Smith, Las Vegas, NV (2013)

The World of Weird News: Bigfoot, UFOs and Other Questionable Claims
National Capital Area Skeptics (NCAS), Arlington, VA (2013)
and Balticon, May 2014, Hunt Valley, MD
Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qnj8XCFMx8

Kids and Monsters
RavenCon Kids programming 2014, Richmond, VA

Paranormal: Fact or Fake?
RavenCon panel 2014, Richmond, VA

Ask a Scientist
RavenCon panel 2014, Richmond, VA

Bad Science
RavenCon panel 2014, Richmond, VA

Skepticism in the Media
Workshop at The Amazing Meeting with J. Underdown, R. Saunders, K. Kruszelnicki. Las Vegas, NV (2014)

UPCOMING

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~Podcasts/Interviews~

Skeptically Speaking
“Being Sciencey” (closing spot) Episode #86, November 10, 2010. http://skepticallyspeaking.ca/episodes/86-consensus-science

Ghost Field Guide
What is a Ghost? Episode 2, December 10, 2010. http://wiltshireparanormal.com/2010/12/10/the-ghost-field-guide-episode-2/

Virtual Drinking Skeptically
Guest on Feb 18, 2011. http://virtualds.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/special-guest-sharon-hill-feb-18-9pm-et/

Meet the Skeptics
Episode for August 9, 2011. http://meettheskeptics.libsyn.com/mts-meet-sharon-hill

Token Skeptic
Episode 90, Nov 29, 2011. http://tokenskeptic.org/2011/11/29/episode-ninety-on-doubtful-news-interview-with-sharon-hill/

Righteous Indignation
Doubtful News, Episode 108, March 6, 2012. http://www.talkaboutstrange.co.uk/episode-108-wayne-isaacs/

Strange Frequencies Radio
Episode 189,  April 22, 2012. http://strangefrequenciesradio.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/episode-189-impressions-secret-service-sex-scandal-american-airlines-support-anti-vaxers-and-we-have-a-good-time-with-doubtful-news-creator-sharon-hill/

Monster Talk
“Skeptics are Redoubtable” June 13, 2012. http://www.skeptic.com/podcasts/monstertalk/12/06/13/

Token Skeptic
Special Episode: On The End Of 2012 With Doubtful News, December 27,2012 http://tokenskeptic.org/2012/12/27/token-skeptic-special-episode-on-the-end-of-2012-with-doubtful-news/

Monster Talk
“2012 – The Year in Monsters” January 2, 2013 http://monstertalk.skeptic.com/2012-the-year-in-monsters

Skepticality
“Another Doubtful Year” #199  http://www.skepticality.com/another-doubtful-year/

Skeptical Connections
2013. Contributor to  podcast http://skepticalconnections.wordpress.com/

Binnall of America
February 5, 2013 http://binnallofamerica.com/boaa020513.html

Parascience Journal
February 6, 2013  KGRA Radio.

The Gralien Report
February 25, 2013 On the Melba Ketchum April Fools references http://youtu.be/BIaT0gdfFa4

The Skeptic Zone
#228
– 3.March.2013 On Doubtful News http://skepticzone.libsyn.com/webpage/2013/03

Strange Frequencies Radio
Episode 235,  April 14, 2013. http://strangefrequenciesradio.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/episode-235-sharon-hill-on-the-scope-of-skepticism/

Token Skeptic
Episode 157: On The Media Guide To Skepticism – Interview With Sharon Hill, April 16, 2013. http://tokenskeptic.org/2013/04/16/episode-one-hundred-and-fifty-seven-on-the-media-guide-to-skepticism-interview-with-sharon-hill/

Paranormal Waypoint
A Skeptic and the Paranormal, June 6, 2013. KGRA Radio.

InKredulous!
Episode #21, June 25, 2013.
http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/2013/06/inkredulous-episode-021/

The Fringe Radio Show (KDKK AM630 Salt Lake City)
August 17, 2013 Archived here

Strange Frequencies Radio
Episode 259: Blobsquatch Blitzkrieg,  Oct 6, 2013.
http://strangefrequenciesradio.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/sfr-259-blobsquatch-blitzkrieg/

Binnall of America Live
Episode #8 Oct 8, 2013 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/binnallofamerica/2013/10/09/boaa802–sharon-hill

The Bigfoot Show
Episode #55 Oct 12, 2013 http://thebigfootshow.com/2013/10/12/episode-55-i-doubt-it/

Paul Harris’ America Weekend
“What The Jailbird Doesn’t Want You To Know” Nov 16, 2013 http://paulharrisonline.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-jailbird-doesnt-want-you-to-know.html

Skeptically Challenged
11/3/2013 http://skepticallychallenged.org/podcast/item/33-sc20131103

America’s Most Haunted
12/10/2013 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americas-most-haunted/2013/12/11/a-journey-to-planet-sanitys-blake-freeman-skeptic-sharon-hill

The Skeptic Zone
#269
 - 15.December.2013  A review of Doubtful News over the past 12 months http://skepticzone.libsyn.com/webpage/2013/12

Skepticality
Doubtful News 2013 segment http://www.skeptic.com/podcasts/skepticality/episodes/2014/

Monster Talk
“You Won’t Believe What These Skeptics Have to Say About Bigfoot” January 29, 2014  http://www.skeptic.com/podcasts/monstertalk/14/01/29/

Strange Frequencies Radio
Episode 292: How the Planet Will Kill us All,  June 8, 2014.
http://strangefrequenciesradio.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/sfr-292-how-the-planet-will-kill-us-all-w-guest-sharon-hill/

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3 thoughts on “Bio

  1. I stumbled upon your blog. I admire it! I am a public high school teacher in Red Wing, Minnesota. I teach a course that critically examines religion. What I do is extremely rare. Extremely! I know of no other public high school that dares to critically examine religion. Do you? If so please tell me! I would love to connect with other radical teachers!

    I recently started a blog about my experiences, and I think you and your readers might find it interesting and, or, important. The site is below. My goal in all of this: move public education in the direction of inclusive and honest curriculums that don’t shy away from “controversial” topics. Have a great day!

    teachnotpreach.com

    James Morrison
    Red Wing, Minnesota

    • idoubtit

      Very impressive! I’ve shared your blog link. I steer pretty clear of religious topics. Only testable claims for me. You are a BRAVE guy, indeed. This type of class is sorely needed and many atheists and skeptics would welcome it.

  2. Hi Sharon,
    I was brought to your blog through my interest in the Sasquatch Genome Project. A little background on me: I’m a journalist, lecturer and documentary maker from Ireland (google me if you like), and I became interested in the whole crypto-zoological thing when I made a documentary for radio on the Master Otter, a pseudo-mythical creature that was always believed to exist only in folklore, but has recently started appearing in the rural West of Ireland. I engaged in making the programme in the belief that I was making a programme on the transmission of stories (how folklore passes from one person to another) but to my surprise, we actually ended up finding something – I got recordings of an unidentifiable animal and a body was washed up on the beach where I was working that was never identified. Well – I’m not suggesting anything weird or creepy, I think we probably stumbled across a mutated species of sea otter – the local zoologists are dealing with it now. What I was wondering, and you seem to have some experience in this, is how the hell Dr Ketchum and her crew ever thought they could get away with it? This story has been broadcast across the entire planet (I’m reading about it in my college South Eastern Ireland), and the weight of evidence required in scientific publications today is so great – could they really have imagine that no one would notice that they’d invented a peer-reviewed journal? I mean, pleading scientific bias because Bigfoot is such a ‘pop science’ subject just doesn’t cut it. Help me out here, Sharon! I’m at a loss!
    Love your blog,

    Shane

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