RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL.., October, 2000 -- The head of a leading association of amateur radio astronomers has joined the international scientific body which plans for the eventuality of extraterrestrial radio contact. H. Paul Shuch, executive director of the nonprofit SETI League, Inc., was appointed to serve on the SETI Post-Detection Subcommittee of the International Academy of Astronautics, at last week's International Astronautical Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Under Shuch's leadership, The SETI League's 1200 members in 60 countries search for credible optical and radio evidence of intelligent life in space.
"Scientific rigour is important to amateur and professional observers alike," notes Prof. Ray Norris, the Australian astrophysicist who serves as the Subcommittee's chairman. "The amateur community brings resources which will greatly aid the SETI endeavour. Dr Shuch's participation on this committee will strengthen our tradition of close collaboration between the amateur and professional SETI communities."
In addition to his scientific credentials, Dr. Shuch is a lifelong amateur radio operator, a noted microwave experimenter, and a leader in the amateur communications satellite community. A retired engineering professor, he was tapped to head up The SETI League at its inception in 1994.
SETI scientists seek to determine through microwave and optical measurements whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have been attempting to privatize the research. Experimenters interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, or citizens wishing to help support it, should email to join_at_setileague_dot_org, check the SETI League Web site at http://www.setileague.org/, send a fax to +1 (201) 641-1771, or contact The SETI League, Inc. membership hotline at +1 (800) TAU-SETI. Be sure to provide us with a postal address to which we will mail further information. The SETI League, Inc. is a membership-supported, non-profit [501(c)(3)], educational and scientific corporation dedicated to the electromagnetic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.
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