• It's Published, But is it Reproducible? (Monthly Skeptic Lecture)

    Joyce Beers Community Center

    A fundamental premise of skepticism is to rely on evidence rather than anecdote and opinion. The "gold standard" for evidence tends to be peer-reviewed, scientific publications. However, increasing evidence suggests that much of what is published is not reproducible. In some cases, the cause is fraud, but more often the problems are much more subtle. The problem of irreproducibility and possible remedies will be discussed. About our speaker: Kalichman, trained in engineering and neuropharmacology, has taught research ethics for over 25 years. He is founding director of the UC San Diego Research Ethics Program (1997)and co-founding director for the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology (2004). Kalichman has taught train-the-trainer, research ethics workshops throughout the U.S. as well as Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. With support from the Office of Research Integrity, he created one of the first online resources for the teaching of research ethics, Resources for Research Ethics Education (1999). He leads NIH- and NSF-funded research on goals, content, and methods for teaching research ethics. Internationally, he has had lead roles with representatives of Korea, Taiwan, China, and Japan in setting national research ethics agendas, and is now helping to establish the Asia Pacific Research Integrity (APRI) network. ----------------------- The monthly lecture series sponsored by SD Skeptic Society features a presentation on a scientific or skeptical topic. The suggested donation for lecture attendance is $5. Your tax-deductible donations help support the San Diego Skeptic Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to critical and scientific thinking. If you're a frequent attendee, see the welcome desk for joining the membership. About SD Skeptics: The San Diego Skeptic Society (formerly SDARI) is a community resource that hosts lectures on various topics (science, history, etc) and sponsors prizes in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair every spring. Lectures start promptly at 7pm. If this is your first event, please come early and introduce yourself! Please note: The entrance to Joyce Beers Community Center is between two restaurants, Aladdin’s and Panera Bread. The address 3900 Vermont Street should be the most accurate for GPS directions. There is free parking available in the underground lot across the street (behind and under Ralphs / Trader Joes). Parking in the above ground lot is limited to 2 hours and cars have been ticketed / towed for infractions.

  • New Discoveries About the Changing Brain (Monthly Skeptic Lecture)

    Joyce Beers Community Center

    Abstract: Learning and memory are among the most marvelous functions of the brain. Recent advances in understanding how the brain changes to achieve these functions suggest that some of these changes may contribute to mental illness. It has long been understood that nerve cells send electrical signals to other nerve cells by releasing chemicals - called neurotransmitters - that bind to protein receptors on other nerve cells and excite or inhibit them. We discovered that nerve cells can switch their neurotransmitter - often changing the sign of the connection from excitatory to inhibitory or vice versa - and thereby change specific behaviors. I will speak about a study in which we found that seasonal changes in day length cause neurotransmitter switching that causes depression. Ongoing studies raise the possibility that neurotransmitter switching contributes to PTSD, autism and other illnesses. About our Speaker: Nicholas C. Spitzer is the Atkinson Family Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Co-Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind (KIBM) at the University of California, San Diego. He received his B.A. in biology from Harvard College in 1964, attended Harvard Medical School for several years and received his Ph.D in neurobiology in 1969 from Harvard University. After postdoctoral work at Harvard and University College London he joined the faculty at UC San Diego in 1972. He has been chair of the Biology Department, the Neurobiology Section and chair of the Academic Senate, and has served as a member of the NIH NINDS Council and as a Trustee of the Grass Foundation. He was founding editor-in-chief of BrainFacts.org and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. ----------------------- The monthly lecture series sponsored by SD Skeptic Society features a presentation on a scientific or skeptical topic. The suggested donation for lecture attendance is $5. Your tax-deductible donations help support the San Diego Skeptic Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to critical and scientific thinking. If you're a frequent attendee, see the welcome desk for joining the membership. About SD Skeptics: The San Diego Skeptic Society (formerly SDARI) is a community resource that hosts lectures on various topics (science, history, etc) and sponsors prizes in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair every spring. Lectures start promptly at 7pm. If this is your first event, please come early and introduce yourself! Please note: The entrance to Joyce Beers Community Center is between two restaurants, Aladdin’s and Panera Bread. The address 3900 Vermont Street should be the most accurate for GPS directions. There is free parking available in the underground lot across the street (behind and under Ralphs / Trader Joes). Parking in the above ground lot is limited to 2 hours and cars have been ticketed / towed for infractions.

  • Skeptic Lectures!

    Joyce Beers Community Center

    The monthly lecture series sponsored by SD Skeptic Society features a presentation on a scientific or skeptical topic. The suggested donation for lecture attendance is $5. Your tax-deductible donations help support the San Diego Skeptic Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to critical and scientific thinking. If you're a frequent attendee, see the welcome desk for joining the membership. About SD Skeptics:The San Diego Skeptic Society (formerly SDARI) is a community resource that hosts lectures on various topics (science, history, etc) and sponsors prizes in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair every spring. Lectures start promptly at 7pm. If this is your first event, please come early and introduce yourself! Please note: The entrance to Joyce Beers Community Center is between two restaurants, Aladdin’s and Panera Bread. The address 3900 Vermont Street should be the most accurate for GPS directions. There is free parking available in the underground lot across the street (behind and under Ralphs / Trader Joes). Parking in the above ground lot is limited to 2 hours and cars have been ticketed / towed for infractions.

  • Skeptic Lectures!

    Joyce Beers Community Center

    The monthly lecture series sponsored by SD Skeptic Society features a presentation on a scientific or skeptical topic. The suggested donation for lecture attendance is $5. Your tax-deductible donations help support the San Diego Skeptic Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to critical and scientific thinking. If you're a frequent attendee, see the welcome desk for joining the membership. About SD Skeptics:The San Diego Skeptic Society (formerly SDARI) is a community resource that hosts lectures on various topics (science, history, etc) and sponsors prizes in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair every spring. Lectures start promptly at 7pm. If this is your first event, please come early and introduce yourself! Please note: The entrance to Joyce Beers Community Center is between two restaurants, Aladdin’s and Panera Bread. The address 3900 Vermont Street should be the most accurate for GPS directions. There is free parking available in the underground lot across the street (behind and under Ralphs / Trader Joes). Parking in the above ground lot is limited to 2 hours and cars have been ticketed / towed for infractions.

  • Skeptic Lectures!

    Joyce Beers Community Center

    The monthly lecture series sponsored by SD Skeptic Society features a presentation on a scientific or skeptical topic. The suggested donation for lecture attendance is $5. Your tax-deductible donations help support the San Diego Skeptic Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to critical and scientific thinking. If you're a frequent attendee, see the welcome desk for joining the membership. About SD Skeptics:The San Diego Skeptic Society (formerly SDARI) is a community resource that hosts lectures on various topics (science, history, etc) and sponsors prizes in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair every spring. Lectures start promptly at 7pm. If this is your first event, please come early and introduce yourself! Please note: The entrance to Joyce Beers Community Center is between two restaurants, Aladdin’s and Panera Bread. The address 3900 Vermont Street should be the most accurate for GPS directions. There is free parking available in the underground lot across the street (behind and under Ralphs / Trader Joes). Parking in the above ground lot is limited to 2 hours and cars have been ticketed / towed for infractions.

  • Skeptic Lectures!

    Joyce Beers Community Center

    The monthly lecture series sponsored by SD Skeptic Society features a presentation on a scientific or skeptical topic. The suggested donation for lecture attendance is $5. Your tax-deductible donations help support the San Diego Skeptic Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to critical and scientific thinking. If you're a frequent attendee, see the welcome desk for joining the membership. About SD Skeptics:The San Diego Skeptic Society (formerly SDARI) is a community resource that hosts lectures on various topics (science, history, etc) and sponsors prizes in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair every spring. Lectures start promptly at 7pm. If this is your first event, please come early and introduce yourself! Please note: The entrance to Joyce Beers Community Center is between two restaurants, Aladdin’s and Panera Bread. The address 3900 Vermont Street should be the most accurate for GPS directions. There is free parking available in the underground lot across the street (behind and under Ralphs / Trader Joes). Parking in the above ground lot is limited to 2 hours and cars have been ticketed / towed for infractions.

  • Skeptic Lectures!

    Joyce Beers Community Center

    The monthly lecture series sponsored by SD Skeptic Society features a presentation on a scientific or skeptical topic. The suggested donation for lecture attendance is $5. Your tax-deductible donations help support the San Diego Skeptic Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to critical and scientific thinking. If you're a frequent attendee, see the welcome desk for joining the membership. About SD Skeptics:The San Diego Skeptic Society (formerly SDARI) is a community resource that hosts lectures on various topics (science, history, etc) and sponsors prizes in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair every spring. Lectures start promptly at 7pm. If this is your first event, please come early and introduce yourself! Please note: The entrance to Joyce Beers Community Center is between two restaurants, Aladdin’s and Panera Bread. The address 3900 Vermont Street should be the most accurate for GPS directions. There is free parking available in the underground lot across the street (behind and under Ralphs / Trader Joes). Parking in the above ground lot is limited to 2 hours and cars have been ticketed / towed for infractions.

  • Skeptic Lectures!

    Joyce Beers Community Center

    The monthly lecture series sponsored by SD Skeptic Society features a presentation on a scientific or skeptical topic. The suggested donation for lecture attendance is $5. Your tax-deductible donations help support the San Diego Skeptic Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to critical and scientific thinking. If you're a frequent attendee, see the welcome desk for joining the membership. About SD Skeptics:The San Diego Skeptic Society (formerly SDARI) is a community resource that hosts lectures on various topics (science, history, etc) and sponsors prizes in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair every spring. Lectures start promptly at 7pm. If this is your first event, please come early and introduce yourself! Please note: The entrance to Joyce Beers Community Center is between two restaurants, Aladdin’s and Panera Bread. The address 3900 Vermont Street should be the most accurate for GPS directions. There is free parking available in the underground lot across the street (behind and under Ralphs / Trader Joes). Parking in the above ground lot is limited to 2 hours and cars have been ticketed / towed for infractions.

  • Skeptic Lectures!

    Joyce Beers Community Center

    The monthly lecture series sponsored by SD Skeptic Society features a presentation on a scientific or skeptical topic. The suggested donation for lecture attendance is $5. Your tax-deductible donations help support the San Diego Skeptic Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to critical and scientific thinking. If you're a frequent attendee, see the welcome desk for joining the membership. About SD Skeptics:The San Diego Skeptic Society (formerly SDARI) is a community resource that hosts lectures on various topics (science, history, etc) and sponsors prizes in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair every spring. Lectures start promptly at 7pm. If this is your first event, please come early and introduce yourself! Please note: The entrance to Joyce Beers Community Center is between two restaurants, Aladdin’s and Panera Bread. The address 3900 Vermont Street should be the most accurate for GPS directions. There is free parking available in the underground lot across the street (behind and under Ralphs / Trader Joes). Parking in the above ground lot is limited to 2 hours and cars have been ticketed / towed for infractions.

  • Skeptic Lectures!

    Joyce Beers Community Center

    The monthly lecture series sponsored by SD Skeptic Society features a presentation on a scientific or skeptical topic. The suggested donation for lecture attendance is $5. Your tax-deductible donations help support the San Diego Skeptic Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to critical and scientific thinking. If you're a frequent attendee, see the welcome desk for joining the membership. About SD Skeptics:The San Diego Skeptic Society (formerly SDARI) is a community resource that hosts lectures on various topics (science, history, etc) and sponsors prizes in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair every spring. Lectures start promptly at 7pm. If this is your first event, please come early and introduce yourself! Please note: The entrance to Joyce Beers Community Center is between two restaurants, Aladdin’s and Panera Bread. The address 3900 Vermont Street should be the most accurate for GPS directions. There is free parking available in the underground lot across the street (behind and under Ralphs / Trader Joes). Parking in the above ground lot is limited to 2 hours and cars have been ticketed / towed for infractions.