People News Roundup
Four teams of high-school students have advanced to the final round of a national computer-programming contest, thus earning a chance to have a $1-million supercomputer installed in their school.
Teams from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va.; Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md.; North Florida Christian School in Tallahassee, Fla.; and James Logan High School in Union City, Calif., were named last week as finalists in "SuperQuest--The High School Supercomputing Challenge.'' sponsored by ETA Systems Inc., of St. Paul, Minn., a subsidiary of the Control Data Corporation.
The finalists, who bested 95 competing teams, will receive a $3,000 stipend and a personal computer. Their teacher-coaches will receive a $7,000 stipend and $3,000 scholarship for continuing education.
The finalists will run computer programs they have devised on an ETA10 supercomputer during the SuperQuest Summer Institute, a seven-week residential program in Minneapolis. A review panel, headed by the Nobel Laureate Kenneth G. Wilson, will select the winning team on the basis of scientific content, effectiveness of computational approach, creativity and clarity.
Leonard B. Stevens, a widely known expert on desegregation issues, has been hired to head a new council that will oversee the voluntary desegregation plan adopted last fall by Milwaukee, 23 suburban school districts, and the state of Wisconsin.
Mr. Stevens had helped negotiate the landmark settlement to the city schools' lawsuit. The new plan will greatly expand the number of students transferring between the predominantly black Milwaukee schools and the largely white suburban schools.
Mr. Stevens, who has testified in a number of major school-desegregation cases, for the past 10 years has served as the court-appointed monitor of desegregation in the Cleveland Public Schools.
A New Jersey high-school student has filed suit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation to force the agency to expunge from its files the record of an investigation it ran on him when he was a 7th grader.
Todd Patterson also wants to obtain the full contents of his investigation file. And he wants to prohibit any further tampering with his mail or surveillance by the F.B.I.
The file apparently was opened in 1983, when the student wrote to 169 countries for information for a home-made encyclopedia he was constructing as a school project.
Mr. Patterson has received some 50 pieces of damaged mail since the F.B.I. investigation began. Most of the damaged mail came from the Soviet Union.
A provision of the federal Privacy Act prohibits a government agency from keeping a file on activities protected under the First Amendment, said Edward Martone, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, which filed the lawsuit on the student's behalf.
"Clearly, this was First Amendment activity'' by Mr. Patterson, Mr. Martone added.
The F.B.I. released six pages of his file after Mr. Patterson's father appealed the denial by the agency of his request to see the file. Most of the material was blacked out, Mr. Martone said.
Susan F. Schnitzer, a spokesman at F.B.I. headquarters in Washington, said bureau officials had not yet seen court papers and could not comment on the suit. But she said the agency often has to contact individuals who have "contact with individuals, organizations, and/or establishments of investigative interest to the F.B.I.'' The agency conducted its investigation in the "least intrusive manner,'' she said.
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