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SARA Call for Papers
For more information contact: Dr. H. Paul Shuch, Executive Director Emeritus
(201) 641-1770, or email info_at_setileague_dot_org

Little Ferry, NJ.., December 2008 -- The Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA), a SETI League Affiliated Society that represents several hundred amateur radio astronomers around the world, hereby solicits papers for presentation at its 2009 Annual Meeting and Technical Conference, to be held 28 June through July 1, 2009, at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), Green Bank WV. Papers on radio astronomy hardware, software, education, research strategies, and philosophy are welcome.

H. Paul Shuch, The SETI League's volunteer executive director, also serves as SARA vice president. In that capacity, he is coordinating this joint technical meeting. SARA members, SETI League members, or supporters wishing to present a paper should email a letter of intent, including a proposed title and informal abstract or outline (not to exceed 100 words) to the SARA vice president at, no later than 1 March 2009. Be sure to include your full name, affiliation, postal address, and email address, and indicate your willingness to attend the conference to present your paper. Submitters will receive an email response, typically within one week, along with a request to proceed to the next stage, if the proposal is consistent with the planned program.

A formal Proceedings will be published in conjunction with this Meeting. For the fourth year in a row, the SARA Proceedings are being edited by SETI League, Inc., and published by the American Radio Relay League. Papers will be peer-reviewed by a panel of SARA members with appropriate professional expertise and academic credentials. First-draft manuscripts must be received no later than 1 April 2009, with feedback, acceptance, or rejection emails to be sent within two weeks thereafter. Upon final editing of accepted papers, camera-ready copy will be due not later than 1 May 2009. Due to printer's deadlines, manuscripts received after that deadline will not make it into the Proceedings. Instructions for preparation and submission of final manuscripts appear in a Guidelines for Submitting Papers document on the SARA website.

The last three year's Proceedings were a landmark accomplishment for both organizations. Please help the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers to make the 2009 edition even better! SETI League members in particular are encouraged to participate in this meeting by presenting their work for the benefit of the two sister societies. Further information about SARA can be found on their website,

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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