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CRAY RESEARCH SPONSORS NATIONAL SCIENCE BOWL

 EAGAN, Minn., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Supercomputer-maker Cray Reool competition whose final rounds are being held this week in Washington.
 During the past few months, more than 5,000 students from 1,000 high schools competed in Regional Science Bowl Tournaments at DOE facilities across the country. On Saturday, the 30 winning teams from the regionals began locking horns in subjects ranging from astronomy to biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental remediation, mathematics and physics. Final awards will be presented today at a Washington Convention Center luncheon where Cray Research's chairman and CEO, John F. Carlson, is scheduled to speak alongside Energy Secretary Hazel R. O'Leary.
 In addition to the coveted National Science Bowl title, prizes include U.S. and international science trips, computer equipment and software, teacher scholarships and -- for the winning team -- free access to the National Education Supercomputer, a system donated by Cray Research last year to the DOE's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif., for the lab's national education outreach program.
 "Nothing is more vital to our country's future than encouraging a new generation of innovators and scientific pioneers," said O'Leary. "The National Science Bowl gives students who excel in science a forum for demonstrating their knowledge and gaining recognition."
 The Cray Research Foundation provided $85,000 to underwrite this year's program.
 Cray Research also co-sponsored last year's event. "Our commitment to the National Science Bowl helps fulfill the foundation's mission to support key national science and mathematics education programs," said Carlson.
 The National Science Bowl program is endorsed by the National Education Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
 The National Science Bowl is one of more than 800 DOE-sponsored education programs. Last year, more than one million students, teachers and parents participated in these programs. In addition to sponsoring the National Science Bowl, Cray Research supports the National Education Supercomputer Program and the New Mexico Supercomputer Challenge, a statewide educational outreach program operated out of the DOE's Los Alamos National Laboratory.
 Cray Research creates the most powerful, highest-quality computational tools for solving the world's most challenging scientific and industrial problems.
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