The University of Pennsylvania plans that the Intelligence Center will have its own professorial staff, and graduates
“There is really no academic ecosystem forof this area as a whole, ”states astronomer from Pennsylvania Jason Wright, who will be the head of the Intelligence Center. “You cannot work on finding extraterrestrial intelligence if you cannot hire students and research workers.”
Financial support for extraterrestrial intelligence research has been inadequate since 1993, when the US Congress banned NASA from financing it.
According to Wright, the abbreviation of the federalfunding has had a long-term negative impact on research in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. He was able to find only five people in the US with a doctoral degree in research related to this field.
"It takes a special type of person to doan area of science that is not funded and has few job opportunities, ”says Wright. The astronomer himself has so far been engaged in research on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence as a hobby, as a sideline of his main work - the study of exoplanets.
Andrew Simon, director of the research centersearching for extraterrestrial intelligence at the University of California at Berkeley, welcomes the efforts of the state of Pennsylvania. “The presence of research on finding extraterrestrial intelligence in an educational program gives a sign of approval in this area, which is very important,” says Simon, one of the five above-mentioned PhDs who never thought they could make a career in this area.