About

Sharon A. Hill

Coming Fall 2017 From McFarland
In the 21st century, reality television and the Internet have fed public interest in ghosts, UFOs, cryptozoology and other unusual phenomena. By 2010, roughly 2000 amateur research and investigation groups formed in the U.S.–ghost hunters, bigfoot chasers and UFO researchers, using an array of (supposedly) scientific equipment and methods to prove the existence of the paranormal. American culture’s honorific regard for science, coupled with the public’s unfamiliarity with scientific methods, created a niche for self-styled paranormal experts to achieve national renown without scientific training or credentials. The author provides a comprehensive examination of the ideas, missions and methods promoted by these passionate amateurs.
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~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. “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. “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.

2010. “Being Scientifical: Popularity, Purpose and Promotion of Amateur Research and Investigation Groups in the U.S.” A thesis submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School of the University at Buffalo, State University of New York in partial fulfillment of requirements for Degree of Master of Education (EdM). http://sharonahill.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/hill_arigs_being_scientifical_thesis.pdf

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

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

2015. “Latest Appearance of Lizardman” Fortean Times  333 November 2015.

2017. “Sounding Sciencey” Paranormal Review 82 Spring 2017. [PDF]

2017. “Spooky Rocks” Skeptical Briefs 27:3 Fall 2017 [PDF]

2017. Scientifical Americans. (in press, McFarland) Preorder here.

~Media Projects~

Doubtful  http://sharonahill.com/

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

15 Credibility Street  The official podcast of Doubtful News. http://doubtfulnews.com/podcast/

Spooky Geology  A chronicle of haunted places, earth mysteries, weird locations, anomalous phenomena http://spookygeology.com

Sounds Sciencey column for Skeptical Inquirer online  http://www.csicop.org/specialarticles/archive/category/sounds_sciencey

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

~Presentations/Speaking~

Presented at professional geologic conferences and meetings, kids events, NECSS, The Amazing Meeting (TAM), Dragon*Con, BaltiCon, CSIcon, RavenCon, Skepticamp, National Capital Area Skeptics (NCAS)

Videos

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

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

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) Available at http://youtu.be/IUxfpCKrgf8

Going Forward: The Prospective Mission of Skepticism
The Amazing Meeting (TAM) panel with B. Drescher, D. Loxton, S. Novella, J.I. Swiss, Las Vegas, NV (2013) Available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgYC_10Zm5U

Bigfoot Skeptics: Abominable Science!
The Amazing Meeting (TAM) panel with D. Prothero, D, Loxton and B. Smith, Las Vegas, NV (2013)
Available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCjunGPEOJ0

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

Practical Skepticism — Promoting Everyday Good Thinking
The Amazing Meeting (TAM) panel with S. Singh and S. Gerbic, Las Vegas, NV (2015)

Science and the Supernatural: Thinking about weird things
Albatwitch Festival, Columbia, PA, September, 2015

UPCOMING EVENTS

Catch me visiting CryptidCon 2017 in Frankfurt KY September 9-10

Harrisburg Area Geological Society meeting, November 9, 2017, 6PM –  Spooky Geology

ParaCon Australia 2018 June 16-17, 2018, Manly, Australia

~Podcasts/Interviews~

Skeptically Speaking, Meet the Skeptics, Token Skeptic, Righteous Indignation, Strange Frequencies Radio, Monster Talk, Skepticality, Skeptical Connections, Binnall of America, Parascience Journal, The Gralien Report, The Skeptic Zone, Paranormal Waypoint, InKredulous!, The Fringe Radio Show (KDKK AM630 Salt Lake City), The Bigfoot Show, Paul Harris’ America Weekend, Skeptically Challenged, America’s Most Haunted, Data Skeptic, Cryptologic Radio, Archaeological Fantasies

~More~

I’m a scientist/policy/regulation person by profession, with a B.S. in Geosciences, additional training in Animal Sciences, and a Masters degree in education focusing on science and the public.

Interests: Paranormal, cryptozoology and Fortean phenomena, anomalous natural phenomena of all kinds; science education, zoology, wildlife, paleontology, natural hazards, environmental studies and public policy.

Available for speaking engagements, workshops, interviews and appearances, scientific consulting, commission writing and training programs. Contact lithospherica@gmail.com

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