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Nobel Laureate to Address SETI League Banquet
For more information contact: Dr. H. Paul Shuch, Executive Director
(201) 641-1770, or email info_at_setileague_dot_org

Little Ferry, NJ.., January 2004 --The SETI League and the 11th International Ham Radio Moonbounce Conference are pleased to announce that they have scheduled Prof. Joseph Taylor, K1JT as featured speaker at their joint SETICon04 Awards Banquet at The College of New Jersey on 7 August 2004. Dr. Taylor, Professor of Physics and former Dean of Faculty at Princeton University, shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics with his former student Russell Hulse, for gravitational research stemming from their earlier discovery at the Arecibo Observatory of the first binary pulsars.

Joe Taylor is both a world-class radio astronomer and a lifelong radio amateur, well known for his development of the WSJT and JT-44 digital communications modes being used for moonbounce, meteor scatter and tropo-scatter contacts worldwide. Using his own software and a modest station, he regularly places well in ARRL VHF/UHF and Moonbounce Contests. He routinely acknowledges the prominent role which his amateur radio background has played in his professional and academic success, and can be expected to touch on the important contributions still to be made by dedicated amateurs in the fields of radio astronomy and SETI.

In addition to their joint Awards Banquet, the simultaneous SETICon04 Technical Symposium and International Ham Radio Moonbounce Conference promise enthusiasts a weekend full of workshops, speakers, panel discussions and social events. Registration for SETICon, which runs August 6 - 8, 2004, may be submitted via The SETI League's website, at

The SETICon04 banquet, being held for the fourth year in a row in the Trenton suburb of Ewing NJ, is once again co-sponsored by the IEEE Student Chapter at The College of New Jersey. With Prof. Taylor confirmed as banquet speaker, this year's event is sure to be a sellout, and tickets will likely not be available at the door. You are encouraged to pre-register for this year's banquet by 30 June 2004, using the online form at

SETI scientists use a variety of scientific approaches 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 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, 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 systematic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

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