Every July something Amazing happens! Skeptics from around the country, really the world, gather together in Las Vegas for The Amaz!ng Meeting, (TAM) hosted by the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF).  But this year something even more amazing is happening.  A regular participant of PASS events has won a grant to attend the The Amazing Meeting for her very first time.

The grant was offered by Surly Amy of the Skepchick blog and Surlyramics and was open to any woman who would not be able to attend TAM without it.

If you haven’t met Amanda at one of our events yet here is a little bit about how awesome she is:

Amanda Baraldi received her B.S. in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her M.A. in clinical psychology from Columbia University. She is currently a PhD student at Arizona State University studying quantitative psychology. Broadly, quantitative psychology is concerned with the design and analysis of research pertaining to psychological data and other social sciences. Amanda believes that quantitative psychology is vital to keeping the “science” in “social science”. Specifically, Amanda’s research pertains to missing data analyses, mediation analyses (e.g. X causes M causes Y as opposed to just an X to Y relationship), longitudinal growth modeling, and prevention research. Besides her academic work, Amanda enjoys crafting, board games, musical theater, and, of course, science and skepticism.

The James Randi Educational Foundation has hosted its annual Amaz!ng Meeting since 2003 as a way to promote science, skepticism and critical thinking about paranormal and supernatural claims to the broader public. TAM has been held in Las Vegas, NV since 2004 and has become the world’s largest gathering of like-minded science-advocates and skeptics. People from all over the world come to the Amaz!ng Meeting each year to share learning and laughs with fellow skeptics and distinguished guest speakers.

TAM Las Vegas is a four-day conference, featuring workshops, panel discussions, and presentations by leading thinkers and celebrities, and evening performances and parties for attendees. Various sessions are also made available for free online as digital video and through various science and skeptic podcasts.

The James Randi Educational Foundation was founded in 1996 to help people defend themselves from paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. The JREF offers a still-unclaimed million-dollar reward for anyone who can produce evidence of paranormal abilities under controlled conditions. Through scholarships, workshops, and innovative resources for educators, the JREF works to inspire this investigative spirit in a new generation of critical thinkers.

The Surly Women TAM grants are still open for application until June 30th, so if you qualify and want to hang with Amanda (or me!) at TAM apply now! 

And for those who identify their gender as male, there is also a JREF Forum grant is available too.

If you can afford to go and want to share the wealth you can also donate to either grant using the same links.


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