Kudos to Steven Novella

It has just been announced, in the July/August issue of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, that our own Steven Novella has been awarded the 2010 Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking. It will be formally presented at the CSIcon conference in New Orleans on October 28, 2011. The Prize is a $1500 award given to the author of the published work or body of work that best exemplifies healthy skepticism, logical analysis, or empirical science. The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) selects the publication that, in its judgment, has the greatest potential to create positive reader awareness of currently important scientific concerns. Previous awards starting in 2005 were for individual publications. In Dr. Novella’s case, the award was for his entire body of work. In the letter informing him of his selection, CSI Executive Director Barry Karr said,

…you are being honored for your tremendous body of work including The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe, Science-Based Medicine, Neurologica, your SKEPTICAL INQUIRER column “The Science of Medicine,” as well as your tireless travel and lecture schedule on behalf of skepticism. You may well be the hardest worker in all of skepticism today. And to me, the truly amazing thing is you do all of this on a volunteer basis.

He is also the president and co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society, a fellow of CSI, a founding fellow of the Institute for Science in Medicine, a medical advisor to Quackwatch, a contributor to other blogs, has produced a course for The Teaching Company on “Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths,” and is Senior Fellow and Director of the James Randi Educational Foundation’s (JREF) new Science-Based Medicine project. And I have undoubtedly omitted several of his other accomplishments.

It is hard to believe he hasn’t cloned himself, since all of these achievements are in addition to his demanding day job as a clinical neurologist, assistant professor, and director of general neurology at Yale University School of Medicine.

Congratulations, Steve! The award couldn’t have gone to a better candidate. I want to add my personal thanks for all you do and say how proud I am to be associated with you. You da man!




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16 thoughts on “Kudos to Steven Novella

  1. chionactis says:

    The man is like a force of nature. I don’t often use the word “hero” but I have no problem using it to describe Dr. Steven Novella. By teaching critical thinking skills and clearly articulating why they are so important, you are truly making a positive difference in the world, and in a very fundamental way.

    When I first discovered the SGU, it seemed almost revolutionary to my mind. I had always felt a certain skepticism towards the many dubious claims we encounter on a daily basis, but I had never heard someone tease them apart in such a concise, relatable, and uncompromising fashion. Thank you for everything you do.

  2. Will@VCU says:

    Congratulations Dr. Novella! Well deserved!!! Your work is greatly appreciated and inspiring!

  3. daedalus2u says:

    I completely agree, kudos to Dr Novella.

    To most people this is a thankless effort. Most people are unable to appreciate the need and the difficulty of maintaining a skeptical position in the face of so much wishful thinking. It is very important for everyone, including skeptics to have an icon to show us how to to do it right, and a role model for us all to emulate, and to keep us all honest and not fooling anyone, especially ourselves.

    Thank you Dr Novella.

  4. lilady says:

    Congratulations Dr. Novella for this well-deserved honor.

    I can only echo the posters above about the quality, intensity and complexity of your reporting. We mere mortal skeptics are in awe of your considerable talents.

    Bravo and thanks.

  5. SloFox says:

    Congrats, Dr. Novella. Just read a quote in the NY Times from his talking about Orrin Hatch’s support for the supplement industry. O don’t know how you do it but keep it up.

  6. Pekka S says:

    Congrats Steve. You are a true inspiration!

  7. toffer99 says:

    Well done, Steve, and thank you.
    I started listening to SGU about 3 years ago and I’ve lost count of the number of doors in my mind that you’ve opened.

  8. isles says:

    Add me to the “I don’t know how he does it” chorus. But I’m so glad he does! Thank you, Dr. Novella.

  9. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

    Uh-oh, I predict we’ll start seeing comments about “Big Skeptic” (“Big Skepticism”?) from the nutter fringe.

    “Dur, you can’t trust him, he’s PAID by Big Skeptic to criticize our woo-that-can-not-be-measured!!!”

    Congratulations Dr. Novella, I will be adding the SGU to my list of leisure activities.

  10. tmac57 says:

    I’ve heard he makes a mean Caesar Salad too!
    Congratulations Steve.

  11. Rallick says:

    Congratulations Dr. Novella. Like many here, you have been a true inspiration to me, and this is a well-deserved accolade. As the article says, I don’t know anyone who works as hard to promote skepticism and the scientific method in all areas of life. Thank you!

  12. I’m torn between admiration and suggesting Stephen Novella knock it off because he’s making us slackers look bad.

    Oh well, I guess I will have to go with admiration.

    Congrats, SN, great work!

  13. pianomarc says:

    I don’t know how the guy does it…total legend..I am constantly in awe of him and the quality of his workload. Let’s not forget the other rogues from SGU tho….he has surrounded himself with a great bunch there. Well done Steve, we appreciate all you do in the name of science and woo.

  14. nybgrus says:

    Agreed with all the previous comments. I honestly can’t fathom how you manage your time so well Dr. Novella. If you need to extra cash, I’d recommend putting together a “self-help” style series of DVDs to teach people how to cram 47 hours of work into every single day.

    This blog, and you specifically, have been fundamental in my learning, and I can assure you that I will be a better doctor for it.

  15. LovleAnjel says:

    Congratulations Steve!

  16. Thanks, everyone.

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