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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Phil Plait Becomes President of the JREF

The James Randi Educational Foundation is the keystone of rational thinking. James Randi has been running the show now for 12 years, but it seems that it is time for him to pass the baton and hand over the presidency.

Yesterday, it was announced that Phil Plait has taken up the presidency of the foundation, while Randi will now chair the JREF board of directors and work on his next two books 'Wrong!' and 'A Magician in the Labratory.

It will be interesting to see where this change takes the foundation, already Phil has said the he will concentrate on the educational side of the organisation and will produce books for children. After seeing Phil talk at TAM and chatting to him in person, his vigour and enthusiasm make him the perfect candidate for the position.

Great news, Phil. I'm sure you'll live up to expectations and take the JREF to new heights.
For more info, go to the JREF press release, The Bad Astronomy blog and Skepchick. There's sure to be a flood of other blogs (like this one) on the subject and i'm sure everyone will know about it before too long.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations to Phil. A fine choice to take on the JREF. I'm glad that Randi will still be heavily involved, and I hear Phil has lots of fresh ideas! Looking forward to a new future of the JREF.