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SETI League Director Elected to Astronautics Academy
For more information contact: Dr. H. Paul Shuch, Executive Director
(201) 641-1770, or email info_at_setileague_dot_org

Little Ferry, NJ.., August 2003 -- H. Paul Shuch, the author, educator and engineer who heads up a grass-roots Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, has been elected a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). Dr. Shuch left a successful academic career in 1995 to become Executive Director of the newly founded SETI League, an international nonprofit organization. Since then, he as been responsible for planning and implementing The SETI League's educational, scientific, technology and outreach programs.

The IAA is a scientific institution devoted to fostering the development of astronautics for peaceful purposes, recognizing individuals who have distinguished themselves in a branch of science or technology related to astronautics, and providing programs through which the membership can contribute to international endeavors in the advancement of aerospace science. It was founded in Stockholm in 1960 by the noted aerodynamicist Dr. Theodore Von Karman.

With his election, Dr. Shuch joins 1141 distinguished space scientists and engineers from 60 countries, including four other SETI League members, in IAA membership. The Academy cooperates, exchanges and conducts joint meetings with national Academies, and prepares cosmic planning studies through its six Commissions. The Academy also organizes many independent international scientific meetings, such the Human in Space, Small Satellite Symposia, Low Cost Planetary Missions, Realistic Near-term Advanced Scientific Space Mission and Impact of Space Technology Innovation on Economic Development conferences.

Dr. Shuch ws appointed to the IAA's SETI Permanent Study Group in 2000, and serves as its Webmaster. He has presented papers at several IAA meetings in Europe, South and North America. He will be officially inducted into Academy membership at a luncheon to be held in Bremen, Germany in September.

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, 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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