LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., December 13, 1997 -- Dr. H. Paul Shuch, executive director of the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) League, departs next month on a two-week lecture tour of Australia and New Zealand, in hopes of stimulating increased Southern Hemisphere participation in the nonprofit science group's search for signs of intelligent life in space. "Our goal," says Shuch, "is to recruit 5,000 amateur radio astronomers around the world for our coordinated survey of the heavens. That number will provide us with full sky coverage, so that no direction in the heavens will evade our gaze." But to do so, the science group needs participants all over the world. Their more than 700 current members in 40 countries are located mostly in Europe and North America.
Shuch will begin his tour by presenting an invited paper titled "Participatory SETI: A Model for Public Involvement" at the SETI in the 21st Century Conference being held near Sydney, Australia on January 21 - 23, 1998. From there he journeys to Brisbane to spend three days addressing several amateur radio clubs. Shuch then presents "Searching for Life Among the Stars" at the Manawatu, New Zealand Science Centre on January 29; at the Royal Astronomical Society of Wellington, NZ on January 30; and to the quaintly named Pohangina Valley Astronomy and Barbecue Club on January 31. Dr. Shuch plans to make himself available for radio, television and newspaper interviews at every stop. For local contact information, email SETI League secretary A. Heather Wood via heather_at_setileague_dot_org.
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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