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Awards and Honors: May 6, 2009

MIT chemist Nocera, alumna named to Time 100 list

Time magazine named MIT professor Daniel Nocera among its 100 most influential people for 2009, adding the chemist to a list that included Michelle and Barack Obama, U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and more.

Nocera, the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy and professor of chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, was noted by the magazine for his work "making hydrogen fuel from water, taking his cue from plants' photosynthetic ability to split water using sunlight."

Alumna Robin Chase GM '86, co-founder of Zipcar, the car-sharing service, also made the Time 100 list.

MIT project wins Franklin R. Buchanan prize

The MIT project Visualizing Cultures, which was created in 2002 to explore the potential of the Internet for developing innovative image-driven scholarship and learning, was awarded this year's Franklin R. Buchanan prize by the Association for Asian Studies. The prize is awarded annually to recognize an outstanding curriculum publication on Asia designed for any educational level, elementary through university. The project can be viewed at

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 6, 2009 (download PDF).

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