In April President David Leebron, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the University of Sao Paulo sign a collaborative agreement to share operation of a supercomputer. Rice acquires Texas's 1st Blue Gene IBM supercomputer, ranked the 230th most powerful in the world by the TOP500 Supercomputing site. Leebron remarks, "The great institutions of the 21st century will have to be great international universities." Both US and Brazililian scientists will use and support the supercomputer to investigate further the molecular basis of disease.

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