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Awards and Honors


MIT has won the 2001 City of Cambridge GoGreen Business Award in the large-business transportation category. The city is recognizing businesses for outstanding environmental efforts as part of its annual GoGreen Month Celebration in May. The transportation award is given to "businesses that are leaders in promoting transportation options such as subsidizing MBTA passes, operating a shuttle bus to a nearby T stop, providing secure parking for bicycles and allowing employees to telecommute." John McDonald, director of Parking and Transportation, will accept the award on MIT's behalf.

OpenDOOR, the Alumni Association's web magazine, has won another honor: the Bell Ringer Award from the Publicity Club of New England. OpenDOOR was judged best in the "online multimedia" category. Since 1969, the awards have recognized excellence in communications and public relations work in every field and industry and across all media. As an award winner, MIT joined some of the region's most prominent private agencies, including Cone Inc., Schwartz Communications, and Mintz and Hoke.

H. Gobind Khorana, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Biology and Chemistry Emeritus, will receive a Centennial Honorary Degree of doctor of science from Rockefeller University at its 2001 convocation June 14. The university, which is 100 years old this year, is marking its centennial by, among other things, awarding special honorary degrees "in five disciplines that have played an important role in the university's past and that will play a key role in its future," wrote President Arnold J. Levine in a letter to Professor Khorana. These fields are biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and clinical medicine. Dr. Khorana will receive the chemistry award. He shared the 1968 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for interpreting the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis.

Fred Moavenzadeh, the James Mason Craft Professor of Systems Engineering and director of the Center for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development, received the deFleury medal for his service to the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Professor Moavenzadeh has mentored more than 50 graduate students who went on to become Army engineers. He is developing a course on engineering leadership, in collaboration with the Army's ROTC program, the Sloan School of Management and the Corps' New England District. He is also collaborating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and USACE to explore an "engineers without borders" concept, a privately supported international relief organization.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 13, 2001.

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