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SETI League Announces Annual Awards
For more information contact: Dr. H. Paul Shuch, Executive Director Emeritus
(201) 641-1770, or email info_at_setileague_dot_org

Little Ferry NJ.., 23 April 2006 -- At its Annual Meeting this afternoon at its New Jersey headquarters, the nonprofit SETI League, leaders in a global search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, recognized two individuals for major contributions to the art and science of SETI. Honored this year were retired engineer Tom Sanders of Washington State, and Canadian internet security guru Marcus Leech.

Tom Sanders, a respected amateur radio operator (callsign W6QJI) and SETI League Charter Member, was selected to receive The SETI League's annual Orville Greene Service Award. Sanders has been an active contributor to SETI League technical activities since the group's founding. He served for a decade as The SETI League's volunteer Regional Coordinator for the US Northwest Region, participated actively on the organization's various technical email discussion lists, and organized and coordinated a popular annual Ham Radio QSO Party for those SETI League members who happen to be licensed radio amateurs.

The SETI League recognized Marcus Leech VE3MDL, with its annual Giordano Bruno Memorial Award, for his significant technical contributions to SETI science. Leech, who has contributed significant signal analysis software to the public domain through the GNURadio project, is an active participant in The SETI League's Project ARGUS all-sky survey, with his innovative small radio telescope in Ontario, Canada. An internet security expert in his working persona, Leech has conducted a thorough analysis of the SETI Hacker hypothesis, which holds that malevolent signals from space might somehow damage Earth's computer networks. His analysis suggests that the risk, though minimal, is indeed non-zero, and should be considered in our experimental design.

As neither Leech nor Sanders was present at SETI League headquarters today, both were informed of their awards during the meeting, by telephone calls from the SETI League's Executive Director Emeritus.

In other actions at today's meeting, the Trustees of The SETI League, Inc. adopted a 2006 budget, accepted the Executive Director's annual report, re-elected its officers (Richard Factor, WA2IKL, President; A. Heather Wood, Secretary/Treasurer) for an additional one-year term, modified its bylaws to reflect their earlier action elevating Executive Director H. Paul Shuch, N6TX, to Emeritus status, and approved cost sharing of the Executive Director Emeritus' health insurance premiums.

Largely using radio telescopes and optical telescopes, SETI scientists seek to determine whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have privatized the research. Amateur and professional scientists interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, and citizens wishing to help support it, should email 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 scientific Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

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