Oregon students picked for ocean sciences bowl


CORVALLIS - More than 40 Oregon high school students will test their knowledge of the oceans during the National Ocean Sciences Regional Bowl at Oregon State University on Saturday, Feb. 28. The free, public event will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in OSU's Milam Auditorium.

"Oregon State University is one of 16 regional centers selected by the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education," said Robert Duncan, OSU professor of oceanic and atmospheric sciences and sciences bowl regional coordinator.

Oregon high schools participating include: Benson High School in Portland; Corvallis High School; Gold Beach; Marist in Eugene; Neah-Kah-Nie in Rockaway Beach; North Marion in Aurora; Scappoose; Seaside; South Salem; Springfield and Wilsonville.

"This will be a Jeopardy-style competition with four-person teams" testing knowledge of how the oceans affect climate, economic well-being, history, culture and quality of life, Duncan said.

Questions will include biology, chemistry, geology, physics, history and economics of the ocean and ocean-related current events.

"This is the inaugural year of the competition and it is modeled along the lines of the National Science Bowl and geography bowl," Duncan said. Winning regional teams are eligible to compete in the national finals in Washington, D.C. during the last week of April.

The grand prize is an International-Year-of-the-Ocean trip to EXPO '98 in Lisbon, Portugal. Other awards include scholarships, cruises on oceanic research vessels and computer and scientific equipment.

Oregon State University is one of 50 members of the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education, which is conducting the competition in partnership with the National Marine Educators Association. The OSU College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences includes a faculty of 98 scientists who conduct the only comprehensive oceanographic and atmospheric research programs in Oregon. The National Research Council has included OSU as one of the top-ranked graduate programs in oceanography in the nation.