Goodbye (For Now)

June 8, 2011

Dear Readers,

Some of you may have heard the news already: later this month I will leave the Center for Inquiry's employment.  As news has begun to spread, I thought I should take this opportunity to announce my departure formally, and to thank my friends and colleagues at CFI for a richly satisfying and rewarding four years.

Several weeks ago I informed my colleagues at CFI that I would leave the organization to pursue a Ph.D. in physics at Columbia University.  Having studied physics as an undergraduate, I have long held a desire to pursue an advanced degree in the field.  After leaving CFI, I will spend the summer working with an experimental cosmology research group at Columbia and preparing for the fall semester.  (Cosmology appears to be a welcoming field for lawyers-turned scientists.)

Although I am very excited about the new challenges and opportunities before me, I will be sorry to leave behind the many dedicated and talented colleagues at an organization I continue to admire.  I cannot think of a better place to have practiced law for the past four years.  The work I have done has been challenging, highly rewarding, and personally meaningful to me.  Most of all, however, I will miss the people with whom I have worked.  I am proud to have called them my colleagues, and am honored to count them among my friends.

I have expressed to Ron Lindsay and CFI's management team my gratitude and appreciation, as well as my intent to continue working with CFI as a volunteer as my schedule allows. So this may not be the last you will hear from me.

Thank you to all who have read and commented on my Free Thinking blog posts.  I hope to see you again soon, perhaps at an upcoming CFI conference.

Best wishes,

Derek Araujo