- Michael KruseChair, Interim Executive Director
Michael is an advanced-care paramedic in York Region, just north of Toronto, Ontario. A theatrical lighting designer as well, he re-trained in 2005 as an EMT-Paramedic Specialist at the University of Iowa and as an advanced care paramedic at Durham College. Michael is currently enrolled at the University of Toronto working towards an undergraduate degree in physiology and the history and philosophy of science.
Michael has been active in the science advocacy community for 5 years and is committed to a compassionate defense of science for the betterment of all Canadians.
- Dianne SousaSecretary
Dianne holds a degree in criminal justice and public policy from the University of Guelph. After graduation she worked for several years with children and youth in contact with child protection agencies as a youth worker. She is currently in her second year of law school at Western University in London, Ontario. She intends to practice in the areas of criminal law, family law and civil litigation.
Her decision to pursue a law degree was very much inspired and motivated by her involvement in science advocacy. She is deeply troubled by the disproportionate effect of questionable health claims on children. Children in Canada are too vulnerable to ineffective and dangerous treatments. She believes that strong legal protection of children’s rights is required to protect and promote their well-being and that the Courts have an important role to play in this regard. Bad science makes bad law and she hopes to see Bad Science Watch have impact in improving Canadian public policy.
- Christopher Jang, Ph.D
Chris is a postdoctoral research fellow studying the biochemistry behind human circadian rhythms at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Haverford College. Born and raised in Vancouver, Chris completed his bachelor’s in biochemistry at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He then went back to British Columbia to complete his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of British Columbia, where his doctoral work was devoted to characterizing mechanisms that viruses use to hijack and take over their hosts.
In addition to his teaching at Haverford College, Chris has also taught undergraduate biochemistry at both the University of British Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania. He takes an active interest in scientific education and policy, and has worked with the Canadian Science Policy Centre in the past. In addition, he volunteers his time at the Franklin Institute Science Center, one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States.
- Gem Newman
Gem Newman is the founder and former organiser of the Winnipeg Skeptics and one of the producers of the Life, the Universe & Everything Else podcast. He graduated with distinction from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. in Computer Science, specialising in artificial intelligence. As a research associate at the University of Manitoba’s HRI lab, Gem has participated in research and co-authored papers in the field of human-robot interaction. He is the lead developer at Invenia Technical Computing, and he blogs for the Winnipeg Skeptics blog and Skeptic North.
- Carol Parlow, MD
Carol is a medical doctor with a specialist practice in psychiatry. Throughout her career she has pursued her interest in the promotion of evidence-based medical practice and the identification and repudiation of pseudoscience in medicine and more broadly in the health science arena.
Carol has joined the Board Directors of Bad Science Watch in order to be involved in taking action against unsupported health claims. She believes that people are often disadvantaged in their health decisions by a bewildering array of both good and bad information and that public policy should clearly address this confusion. She hopes Bad Science Watch will inspire members of the public to learn more about the accurate evaluation of health claims and to join in educating our policy makers.
- Jamie Williams
Jamie is a Software Developer in Vancouver, BC. Since he moved to Canada in 2007 he has been heavily involved in a number of science advocacy organizations and is an experienced organizer and volunteer manager.
Jamie’s work for Bad Science Watch is motivated by a desire to improve the lives of his family, friends, and community through better policy and regulation in the areas of health and the environment. He aims to see Bad Science Watch set new standards of professionalism and effectiveness for activism countering bad science.