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Executive Director Joins Korean SETI Effort

For Immediate Release

SEOUL, KOREA.., 8 October 2009 -- During a lecture tour at Yonsei University in Korea, Prof. H. Paul Shuch, executive director emeritus of the nonprofit SETI League, was today tapped to serve on the Foreign Advisory Council of the newly formed SETI Korea Society. The Society, which can be reached via setikorea_at_gmail_dot_com, was organized to initiate and coordinate SETI observational projects in Korea, according to its General Secretary, Prof. Myung-Hyun Rhee.

Prof. Rhee serves as Principal Researcher at the Yonsei University Observatory in Seoul. He and Prof. Shuch met a year ago, at a UNESCO SETI meeting in Paris, and immediately began exploring collaborations between the university and the membership-supported SETI League. Also approached as advisers to the Korean SETI effort (subject to confirmation) are Alexander Zaitsev, Jill Tarter, Frank Drake, Doug Vakoch, Seth Shostak, Claudio Maccone, Dan Werthimer, and Ivan Almar. Significantly, all of these SETI scientists are members or supporters of The SETI League, which Shuch has headed since its inception in 1994.

Prof. Shuch lived in Korea from 1967 to 1969, and has visited the country on several occasions during the years since. "I regret that I am no longer fluent in the Korean language," he admits, "although that should hardly prove a barrier to we who contemplate interstellar communications!"

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