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SETI League Appoints New Technical Advisor
For more information contact: Dr. H. Paul Shuch, Executive Director Emeritus
(201) 641-1770, or email info_at_setileague_dot_org

Little Ferry, NJ.., 1 January 2011 -- The SETI League, Inc., nonprofit leaders in the privatized Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence, has appointed Dr. Claudio Maccone to its scientific advisory board, filling a vacancy created by the untimely death last November of astrophysicist Dr. Malcolm I. Raff. A highly respected space scientist long involved in SETI research, Academician Maccone currently serves as Technical Director for Scientific Space Exploration at the International Academy of Astronautics. He is a longtime SETI League member and supporter. Raff, his predecessor on the advisory board, was a SETI League charter member who had chaired the organization's Strategic Planning Committee.

"Basically, I am a mathematical physicist," explains Maccone, "so I like to play with equations. SETI scientists try to get signals from alien civilizations. I think mathematics will tell us what we could expect from contact with someone else. My goal is to help The SETI League develop a set of mathematical equations that will help us to find Encyclopaedia Galactica."

Maccone was the 2002 recipient of the Giordano Bruno Memorial Award, The SETI League's highest technical honor. He is a prolific author of numerous technical books and journal articles on space exploration, mathematics, gravitational lensing, and digital signal analysis. He is a leading proponent of the establishment of a lunar farside radio observatory. Shuch and Maccone, both full members of the International Academy of Astronautics, have for several years co-chaired the IAA's SETI Permanent Study Group. Though Maccone lives in Italy, Shuch resides in Pennsylvania, and SETI League headquarters is located in New Jersey, the two meet in person several times a year at various venues, and have a long history of productive collaboration.

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, 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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