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Jessica Stephenson

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M3 Challenge segment to air today on Classroom Close-up, NJ
Posted: Dec 1, 2008 11:13 AM
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Monday, December 1, 2008

Jessica Stephenson
Project Public Awareness
Moody's Mega Math Challenge/SIAM
Phone: (267) 350-6383

M3 Challenge segment to air today on Classroom Close-up, NJ
Manalapan High School team to be featured

Philadelphia, PA - Classroom Close-up, NJ will air a segment on the 2008
Moody's Mega Math Challenge first runner-up team from Manalapan High
School in Manalapan, NJ, on Monday, December 1, at 7:00 p.m. and again
on Saturday, December 6, at 9:00 a.m. on local NJN stations. It can also
be viewed online throughout the week of December 1 at
.html. (Click on "Watch Current Show" after 8:00 p.m. tonight.)

The Classroom Close-up, NJ segment highlights the Manalapan High School
team of Michael Bacsik, Jephthah Liddie, Joshua Newman, Thomas Sozzi,
and Kevin Tien, all seniors at the time, along with their coach and math
teacher, Jessy Friedman. The team won $15,000 for their second-place
solution paper, Going Green Does Not Save Green: Corn-based Ethanol and
U.S. Energy Independence. Remarkably, Manalapan High School has placed
two teams in the top 11 each year of the Challenge. In 2008, Manalapan
teams received second place and an honorable mention award. In 2007,
teams from Manalapan took both first and second place, and in 2006,
Manalapan teams won fifth place and honorable mention honors.

Over 250 teams from lower New Hampshire to Wilmington, Delaware,
submitted viable solutions to the 2008 Challenge problem, Energy
Independence Meets the Law of Unintended Consequences. They were
required to address issues associated with increased corn-derived
ethanol production and fuel substitution and relate these matters to
dramatic and unanticipated rises in farm commodity pricing, the future
of food supplies in developing nations, the effect on carbon dioxide
emissions, and the cost-effectiveness of producing ethanol. Teams had 14
hours to quantify these concerns using mathematical-modeling techniques,
develop and defend their models, and justify their conclusions. Judging
for Moody's Mega Math Challenge is blind with judges knowing teams only
by their team number, until the final round of judging. In 2008, eleven
teams were awarded scholarship prizes totaling $65,000.

Classroom Close-up, NJ is a magazine program focusing on innovative
education in New Jersey's public schools. This 30-minute weekly series
features the students, teachers, and communities who create and
participate in successful school projects and events. Season highlights
include arts education, conflict resolution, and literacy programs.
Classroom Close-up, NJ is a co-production of the New Jersey Education
Association (NJEA) and NJN Public Television, with additional funding
provided by PSE&G. For more information on Classroom Close-up, NJ, visit

For information about the 2009 M3 Challenge, including how to register
your team, visit


About the Challenge
The M3 Challenge spotlights applied mathematics as a powerful
problem-solving tool, as a viable and exciting profession, and as a
vital contributor to advances in an increasingly technical society.
Scholarship prizes total $80,000. The Challenge is entirely
Internet-based and there are no entrance or participation fees. High
schools in New England and Mid-Atlantic states may enter up to two teams
of three to five students each. Students choose which day they wish to
work on Challenge weekend and have 14 hours to solve an open-ended,
realistic, applied math-modeling problem focused on real-world issues.
Teams can work from any location they choose and can use any free and
publicly available resources, but they may not discuss any aspect of the
problem with, or seek help from, their coach or anyone other than their
teammates. Complete details, sample problems, and archives of previous
winners and Challenge events are available at <> .

The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) awarded Moody's
Corporation a 2008 Excellence Award for Moody's Mega Math Challenge,
citing the company's "sophisticated giving program that encourages
students to develop a passion for mathematics, economics, and finance."

About the Sponsor
The Moody's Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to
supporting a variety of nonprofit education, health and human services,
civic, and arts and culture programs. Established by Moody's Corporation
in 2001, the Foundation's primary area of giving is secondary and higher
education with a focus on mathematics, economics and finance. Further
information is available at
<> .

Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO), an essential component of the global
capital markets, provides credit ratings, research, tools and analysis
that contribute to stable, transparent and integrated financial markets.
Moody's Corporation is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service
and Moody's Analytics, encompassing Moody's non-ratings businesses. With
revenues of $2.3 billion in 2007, Moody's employs approximately 3,600
people worldwide and maintains a presence in 27 countries. Further
information is available at <> .

About the Organizer
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), headquartered
in Philadelphia, PA, is an international society of almost 12,000
individual members. These include applied and computational
mathematicians and computer scientists, as well as other scientists and
engineers. Members are researchers, educators, students, and
practitioners from 85 countries in industry, government, laboratories,
and academia. The Society, which also includes nearly 500 academic and
corporate institutional members, serves and advances the disciplines of
applied mathematics and computational science by publishing a variety of
books and prestigious peer-reviewed research journals, by conducting
conferences, and by hosting activity groups in various areas of
mathematics. SIAM provides many opportunities for students including
regional sections and student chapters. Further information is available
at <> .

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