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== Public and Private Funding == After cancellation of the NASA SETI program in 1993, Pierson was instrumental in helping to raise private funding to continue the SETI project. [[David Packard]] and [[William Redington Hewlett|William Hewlett]] of [[Hewlett Packard]], and [[Gordon Moore]], co-founder of [[Intel Corporation]], and [[Paul Allen]], co-founder of [[Microsoft Corporation]] reached into their own pockets and entrusted their funds to Pierson to save the Targeted Search portion of NASA's SETI program and move it to the SETI Institute to become [[Project Phoenix (SETI)]]. Years later, Paul Allen was the primary funder ($28M) of the Allen Telescope Array. In 2012 Franklin Antonio, Co-founder and Chief Scientist of [[Qualcomm]], donated $3.5 million for updates to more than double the sensitivity of the Allen Telescope Array. In 2006, when NASA's Astrobiology program was facing cuts, Pierson wrote an open letter<ref>Letter for Astrobiology Support http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=19644</ref> with Baruch Blumberg to rally the Astrobiology community to eventually win back the support. When lack of funding forced the Allen Telescope Array into temporary hibernation in 2011, Pierson led the effort to reopen the array.<ref>Sky&Telescope Article re ATA Hibernation http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/120703884.html</ref><ref>Forbes article: SETI Back Online https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2011/08/10/seti-is-back-online-thanks-to-public-donations/</ref> Pierson also pursued joint projects and affiliations between the institute and universities. The Allen Telescope Array was built and operated with the Radio Astronomy Lab of the [[University of California, Berkeley]]. Pierson served on the oversight board for the array. He also established formal affiliations with a number of universities and organizations, the latest with the [[University of Southern California]].<ref>News Article re SETI - USC http://news.usc.edu/#!/article/28789/USC-SETI-Institute-Team-Up</ref>
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