[UASR]> SCI FI Supports Investigation of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena
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SCI FI Supports New Scientific Initiative to Investigate Unidentified
Unprecedented Cooperative Joins Together Major Organizations to Engage
Scientific Community WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Recognizing the
need to establish the scientific legitimacy of investigating unidentified
aerial phenomena (UAP), SCI FI Channel today announced a new initiative
that brings together the major organizations investigating this still
mysterious phenomenon and establishes a multi-group effort to study the
physical evidence associated with UAP reports.
This unprecedented initiative, supported by the SCI FI Channel, joins
together all of the major organizations that study the phenomenon -- the
Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS), the Fund for UFO Research (FUFOR), the
Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), the National Aviation Center for Anomalous
Phenomena (NARCAP), the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS),
and the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC).
The goal of the effort is to engage the interest of the broader scientific
community with cases featuring trace physical evidence. The cooperative
will spearhead thorough scientific investigations of these cases with the
intent to publish results in mainstream scientific journals. The groups
have created a joint website where members of the public, as well as
scientists, can report current UFO sightings (www.ufoscience.org).
"For nearly 50 years, numerous organizations and individuals have reported
on and studied the UFO phenomenon," said Dr. Mark Rodeghier, Scientific
Director of CUFOS. "Until now, these organizations have not combined
their accumulated knowledge, expertise, and resources to establish and
oversee a systematic, rigorous effort to investigate scientifically
promising UAP cases."
At an organizing meeting held this past June in Washington, D.C., leaders
of these organizations agreed to develop a framework and protocols to
conduct rapid investigation and analysis of cases with physical evidence.
"Obtaining and analyzing physical evidence is the best way to determine
the validity, and potential causes, of the UAP phenomenon," said John
Schuessler, International Director of MUFON.
"It is our hope that by working with scientists who can subject this
phenomenon to rigorous investigation and laboratory study, we can
understand more about the likely causes of UAP, whether it occurs with
discernible patterns or trends, whether existing knowledge is adequate to
provide explanations, or whether the phenomenon represents something truly
unexplained," said Don Berliner, Chairman of FUFOR.
In addition to landmark documentary programming, last year SCI FI launched
a Washington, D.C. based public advocacy initiative to draw greater
attention to the UFO phenomenon by the media, scientists and opinion
leaders. Those interested in more information on SCI FI's supported
public advocacy initiative can log on to www.freedomofinfo.org. On
December 12 the channel will premiere UFO INVASION AT RENDLESHAM, a new
two-hour special hosted by Bryant Gumbel, exposing what has come to be
regarded as the most significant military-UFO incident in history
SOURCE SCI FI Channel CO: SCI FI Channel
Web site: http://www.scifi.com
12/04/2003 14:22 EST