GREEN BANK, WV.., July, 2002 -- The SETI League, Inc., non-profit leaders in a privatized Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), announces its affiliation with the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA), the world's leading advocate for amateur radio astronomy research. Plans were formalized at the annual SARA Conference at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) for each of the two organizations to join the other as a Member Society.
The two amateur groups have distinct but complementary missions. Founded in 1981, SARA (on the web at www.qsl.net/SARA) focuses on developing technology to study natural astrophysical phenomena. The SETI League was organized in 1994 to help privatize the scientific search for technological civilizations in the cosmos. The two organizations have a substantial number of members in common.
"This affiliation has been a long time in coming," notes outgoing SARA President Tom Crowley, who has served as a SETI League volunteer Regional Coordinator for several years. "By moving slowly and deliberately, we have forged an alliance whereby each organization maintains its autonomy, while providing an unprecedented opportunity for scientific collaboration." SETI League executive director Dr. H. Paul Shuch, who serves on the Boards of both organizations, has been a regular speaker at the annual SARA conference for the past eight years.
To better serve the interests of its worldwide membership base, The SETI League routinely affiliates with like-minded educational and scientific organizations. Other official SETI League affiliates include the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the Artemis Society, and the Central States VHF Society, a leading technical ham radio club.
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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