LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., April 2006 -- Dr. H. Paul Shuch, longtime Executive Director of The SETI League, Inc., has retired twice. His first effort, in 2004, was short lived: he left the fulltime employ of The SETI League on a Friday, and was put on payroll by one of his consulting clients the following Monday. Having completed a two-year NASA contract for that particular commercial enterprise, Dr. Shuch began his second attempt at retirement this past January. Now, the Board of Trustees of The SETI League, Inc. has elevated him to the honorary position of Executive Director Emeritus, in recognition of his ongoing volunteer service to the nonprofit science organization.
"Like a Professor Emeritus," comments Shuch, "a Director Emeritus has a title, and an office, and no assigned duties - and receives no salary. In my case, the office is in my home, where I have done the brunt of my SETI League work for the past dozen years. 'No assigned duties' means I am free to continue performing those same SETI League tasks I once did for pay, and I will continue doing so, for as long as my health and mental capacity permit. The title, however, allows me to continue representing our grass-roots organization, to the public and the press, in a more or less official capacity."
Emeritus status also means that Dr. Shuch will continue to have a voting seat on The SETI League's Board of Trustees, for life. Thus, he can be expected to continue shaping policy for the organization he helped to form in 1994 - in his words, "at least until we make Contact." He continues as Editor of SearchLites, the organization's quarterly newsletter, Webmaster for its website, www.setileague.org, and author of many articles and editorials appearing therein. He assures us that in his public persona, Dr. SETI ®, he will continue with his eclectic performances of SETI science and song, for as long as an audience exists.
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 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 scientific Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.
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