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AT&T SCIENCE-WEEK SHOW LINKS FUTURE SCIENTISTS WORLDWIDE

 MURRAY HILL, N.J., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T Bell Laboratories held a high-tech open house today for tens of millions of future scientists, mathematicians, and engineers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Latin America.
 "Live From Bell Labs," AT&T's third annual national satellite broadcast, starring Bell Labs scientists and engineers -- and students around the world -- is a highlight of National Science and Technology Week.
 Its aim is to make science and mathematics come alive, arouse students' curiosity, and interest fifth- to tenth- graders in math and science courses and careers.
 "If the audience reaction here today is any indication, today's program was a great success," said David Heil, of PBS's "Newton's Apple" series.
 Last year's show attracted an estimated 20 million viewers.
 Heil and co-host Arno Penzias, Nobel laureate and Bell Labs vice president of research, talked with students here at Bell Labs and, via satellite, with participants at the Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco, a high school in Frankfurt, Germany, and LaVillette Science Park in Paris.
 The hour-long non-commercial broadcast mixed videotaped and live segments featuring:
 -- Lab visits to Bell Labs sites in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, where scientists and engineers demonstrated microelectronics and software technology, talking computers, and hand-held personal communicators.
 -- A humorous look at technology in the year 2003, starring Michael Jeter of TV's "Evening Shade."
 -- Pranksters Penn and Teller in the Bell Labs cafeteria, repeatedly failing to baffle scientists with magic tricks.
 -- Professional jugglers Rhys Thomas and Tim Furst, formerly a Flying Karamazov, with Bell labs researcher (and juggler) Ron Graham, world-renowned mathematician, demonstrating the relationships between juggling, mathematics and physics.
 -- "Making Magic," a lively music video with music and lyrics written by Guy Story, a Bell Labs researcher in computer science who was also the lead singer.
 Heil announced the winner of AT&T's personal-communicator design contest: the Magnet Center at Parma Senior High School, Parma, Ohio. The prize: an interactive video visit from Penzias. Entries from the United States, the People's Republic of China and France were also presented.
 Heil also introduced the winners of the chairman's prize in the recent "U.S. First" robot-building competition in New Hampshire: students from Science High School in Newark, N.J. The team, which called itself the "Labsters," was sponsored by Bell Labs. The prize was for the best partnership effort between a school and its sponsor.
 Penzias showed the students the original transistor, invented at Bell Labs in 1947, and predicted there would be 10 billion such components on a chip by the year 2000.
 Following the free live broadcast on AT&T's Telstar satellite, the show was rebroadcast hourly throughout the day. It was also made available without charge for future use by local PBS affiliates. The SCI-FI channel, USA Network, will air it at 7:00 a.m. next Wednesday (May 5).
 Today's program was the first of two "Live From Bell Labs" shows scheduled for 1993 and funded by AT&T. A special back-to-school program will air September 29.
 "Everyone interacts with technology," said Penzias. "We want to encourage an appreciation and awareness of science and an ability to deal with technology, not just in future scientists but in AT&T's customers and our non-technical colleagues. You don't have to be a scientists to use and appreciate technology."
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 /CONTACT: Brian Monahan, office 908-582-4760, home 908-781-1539, or Donna Cunningham, office 802-482-3748, or home 802-482-2933, both for AT&T Bell Laboratories/


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