LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., October, 1998 -- Dr. H. Paul Shuch, executive director of The SETI League, Inc., non-profit leaders in a privatized Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), will spend early November in England promoting the search for life in space. He looks forward to sharing with the media his views on extra-terrestrial life, and the efforts of his international, membership-supported science group to seek conclusive evidence of our cosmic companions.
Popularly known as Dr. SETI, Shuch is an internationally recognized authority on the privatization of SETI, a science which was once thought to require the kinds of facilities which only governments can afford. Current thinking holds that dedicated amateurs can do much to further the research once conducted by NASA, much as it is amateur astronomers who are responsible for the discovery of most comets. The SETI League enjoys a strong presence in the UK, largely due to the efforts of local amateur radio astronomers to recruit and assist their fellows.
Dr. Shuch will be available on Friday, 6 November, for interviews at the Jodrell Bank observatories of Manchester University. His contact there for scheduling purposes is Dr. Ian Morison, email im_at_jb_dot_man_dot_ac_dot_uk. At 1030 hours on Saturday morning he will address a gathering of SETI League UK members at Jodrell Bank. Members of the press are invited to attend his formal presentation, by prior arrangement through Kenneth Chattenton, SETI League volunteer Regional Coordinator for England, email setiuk_at_onyxnet_dot_co_dot_uk. A SETI League UK membership meeting, and tour of the Jodrell Bank facility, will follow on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, 8 November, Dr. SETI will address the Martlesham Microwave Roundtable near Ipswich. Media persons interested in covering that event should coordinate with Microwave Roundtable organizer Samuel Jewell, email Jewell_at_ btinternet_dot_com.
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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