Lycoming College to host lecture on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence

Lycoming College to host lecture on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence

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The Lycoming College Department of Astronomy and Physics will host a free public lecture by H. Paul Shuch, executive director emeritus of the SETI League, Inc. and former Lycoming visiting professor, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in Heim G-11.

Shuch will discuss his book, "Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence," a collection of essays written by scientists and engineers who have led and continue to lead the scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI. A book signing will follow the lecture.

"The notion that humanity shares the universe with other sentient beings probably predates recorded history," said Shuch. "Since first we realized that the points of light in the night sky are other suns, we have gazed heavenward, and asked 'are we alone?' In the mid-20th century, for the first time, we began to develop the technologies with which we might seek a definitive answer to this ages-old question."

Shuch is a retired professor of physics, astronomy and engineering. In addition to his work with the SETI League, a grass-roots alliance of amateur and professional radio astronomers with 1,500 members in 62 countries, his accomplishments include designing the first commercial home satellite receiver, developing low-cost amateur radio telescopes and touring the world as musician and lecturer under the stage name Dr. SETI.

Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.

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