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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 drseti_at_verizon_dot_net

Little Ferry NJ.., 21 April 2013 -- 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 for their efforts and accomplishments were Dr. Alexander L. Zaitsev of Russia, and Dr. Steven J. Dick of the United States.

The SETI League recognized Dick, a trained astronomer formerly employed as the Chief Historian of NASA, with its annual Giordano Bruno Memorial Award, for technical excellence in the service of SETI. Dick is author of many SETI-related publications, most notably his books The Biological Universe, Life on other Worlds, and Many Worlds. He has been keynote speaker at the 2002 SETIcon conference and the 2008 technical conference of SETI League affiliate SARA, the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers. He serves alongside several other SETI League members on the SETI Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics.

Zaitsev, the League's volunteer Regional Coordinator for Russia, was selected to receive The SETI League's annual Orville Greene Service Award, in honor of his exemplary volunteer service to the nonprofit organization. As Chief scientist of the Institute of Radio Engineering, Russian Academy of Sciences, he has been a tireless proponent of "Messaging to ETI" or METI. Zaitsev has written numerous editorials as well as technical papers on the subject, and has been active on the various SETI League email discussion lists. He has also been very much involved in conducting transmissions into space from the Evpatoria planetary radar facility in Ukraine.

In other actions at today's meeting, the Board of Trustees accepted the Executive Director's and Secretary/Treasurer's annual reports; adopted a 2013 budget; re-elected its officers (Richard Factor, WA2IKL, President; A. Heather Wood, Secretary/Treasurer; H. Paul Shuch, N6TX, Executive Director Emeritus) to serve on a volunteer basis for an additional one-year term; and agreed to continue 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 our Secretary/Treasurer at hwood50_at_aol_dot_com, 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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