LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., February 14, 1997 -- A research and development laboratory being built by the non-profit SETI League, Inc., leaders in a scientific Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, today received a surprise Valentine's gift from Merrimac Industries of West Caldwell, NJ. The SETI League's circuit design laboratory now sports four Hewlett-Packard microwave spectrum analyzers and various other pieces of test equipment, the third major contribution in the past year from the microelectronics manufacturer to the League's research effort. The non-profit educational and scientific group is utilizing this equipment to further its search for radio signals of possible intelligent extra-terrestrial origin.
"We've been extremely fortunate to receive donations from various sectors," notes SETI League executive director Dr. H. Paul Shuch, "but few of our supporters have been as constant and generous as Merrimac." Last year Merrimac's then-President (now Vice Chairman and Chief Technology Officer) Eugene W. Niemiec, who was an honored guest at ceremonies marking the launch of the science group's Project Argus search, pledged Merrimac's continued support of The SETI League. "We're grateful to Merrimac's new President and Chief Executive Officer, Mason Carter, for upholding Gene's pledge," adds Shuch.
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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