Jack has been a regular on The Pseudoscientists since Episode 2 (although he was a part of the unreleased pilot episode, so there’s that). You can find him on Twitter — @JackLScanlan — and on the Young Australian Skeptics blog, where he electronically whips the writing team as head editor.
Alastair Tait was one of the original panellists back when The Pseudoscientists started in 2008. He was also a committee member for the Victorian Skeptics in 2008. Since then, Alastair quit his career as a video game artist to pursue a scientific career — in 2009 he started his Bachelor of Science at Monash University and has recently completed his Honours year in Geology.
Whilst at Monash, Alastair founded the Rationalist Association of Monash (RAM) to represent atheists, agnostics and secularists alike. He is currently employed by the Victorian Space Science Education Centre to teach primary and secondary students about space science. Alastair is most looking forward to starting his PhD in 2013, by looking for possible signatures of life left in Martian meteorites.
Elliot Birch is the original creator of the Young Australian Skeptics. The idea was formed in 2008 while he was studying multimedia at college. He found that many of his class mates were quick to believe things of a religious or pseudoscientific nature, and after reading Richard Dawkins’s The Ancestor’s Tale, he was spurred on to create a site and community that would help promote science to young people in Australia and worldwide.
Elliot was a regular panel member from Episode 1 to 48. He now makes occasional cameo appearances, and can also be found on the Young Australian Skeptics blog, where he serves as an editor, as well as Twitter — @skelliot.
After watching too many episodes of House during high school, Jacqui’s fascination with all things disease-y and disgusting lead her to a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. For her Honours thesis she piloted a metagenomic technique to investigate the potential role of viruses in Crohn’s disease pathogenesis. Her study of pathological excrement continued with studies of faeces (for viral paediatric gastroentertitis surveillance) and sputum (for pneumonia vaccine research) at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.
She currently works at the University of Melbourne in the Centre for International Child Health and is studying for a Masters of Public Health, focussing on disease stigma and the relationship between the Internet and health.
Jason Ball is a former writer for the Young Australian Skeptics blog and one of the original panelists on The Pseudoscientists podcast. He was the President of the University of Melbourne Secular Society in 2009 where he completed his Bachelor of Arts Majoring in political science. He is also the co-founder and President of the Freethought Student Alliance.
Jason served on the Committee of the 2010 and 2012 Global Atheist Conventions, and has worked as a Spokesperson for the Atheist Foundation of Australia. He currently works full time in brand marketing and social media and serves on the board of the Rationalist Society of Australia.
Richard Hughes introduces himself to his friends as an Arts dropout, though he also has the distinction of being a Law dropout (and a Science graduate). He has previously been President and Treasurer of the University of Melbourne Secular Society, and Education Officer of the Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society.
Currently, Richard is in his first year of a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin, having moved to Texas to escape the heat of Melbourne. His short term future plans involve devising a method of transporting the entire University of Texas to Melbourne; his long term future plans involve dealing with the ramifications of his short term future plans.
After graduating from the disciplines of Business (Marketing) and Psychology, Tay has maintained a career within various marketing sectors. Tay has had experience within marketing research, slogan and logo design and freelance marketing; however current marketing focuses include web publishing/coding and event co-ordination.
Tay enjoys an active social life, regularly attending magic, circus and variety shows in Melbourne. Science (especially chemistry) remains an active hobby and she is a member of the Australian Skeptics (Victorian branch).
Ted Janet is a Melbourne-based writer specializing in screenwriting and editing. He has worked as a staff writer/researcher on Save Point (for ONE HD), and scripted the authorized adaptation of Leigh Killough’s short story A Cup of Hemlock, the resulting film featured at the Omaha Science Fiction Festival in 2012. You can find his blog at tedjanet.com.