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CSI Adds to Executive Council

May 5, 2011

Karen Stollznow and Elizabeth Loftus Join the Executive Council

Amherst, NY–May 5, 2011–The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) welcomes two additions to its executive council. Karen Stollznow and Elizabeth Loftus recently accepted posts.

Karen Stollznow has spent over a decade investigating pseudoscientific and paranormal beliefs and practices, including ghosts, aura reading, psychics, medical intuitives, alternatives therapies, mediums, faith healing, conspiracy theories, cults, pareidolia (seeing faces on places other than heads), religion, haunted houses, and much more. 

Stollznow is a researcher at the University of California at Berkeley and received her PhD in linguistics from the University of New England. 

Known as a prolific writer about skepticism, she is the “Naked Skeptic” columnist for CSI and the “Bad Language” columnist for Skeptic magazine. Additionally, she is a host of the Point of Inquiry podcast and a cohost of the Monster Talk podcast. She is a contributing editor for the Skeptical Inquirer and managing editor of CSI’s peer-reviewed journal the Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice.

Stollznow is also a research fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation, director of the San Francisco Bay Area Skeptics, and a contributor to many skeptical sites and publications. She also contributes to BadCast, the Bad Psychics podcast.

Elizabeth Loftus is a world-renowned psychologist with an expertise in human memory. She has conducted extensive research on the misinformation effect and the nature of false memories. In 2002 she was ranked number 58 (the highest ranked woman) on a list of the 100 most influential researchers in psychology in the twentieth century.

Loftus received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her MA and PhD degrees in psychology from Stanford. 

At the University of California, Irvine, Loftus is a distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior; the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society; and the Department of Cognitive Sciences and is also a fellow of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and a professor of law. 

“We are pleased to have both of these distinguished scholars fighting for science and reason in the trenches as part of their daily lives and professions on the executive council,” says Barry Karr, executive director and fellow, CSI, and consulting editor, SI. “With Karen’s humorous and stimulating contributions to skepticism and Elizabeth’s achievements in academia, they are welcome additions.” 

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting scientific inquiry and critical investigation, including critical investigation of claims relating to unconventional health care practices, such as acupuncture, therapeutic touch, and homeopathic medicine. CSI’s advisors include a number of leading scientists, some of whom are medical specialists. A list of CSI’s fellows, advisors, and staff is available on CSI’s website at

The Skeptical Inquirer is the official journal of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. CSI encourages the critical investigation of paranormal and fringe-science claims from a responsible, scientific point of view. Learn more about CSI and SI at