On November 16, 2010, in the "Jaime Torres Bodet" auditorium of the National Museum of Anthropology, Dr. Cesar Morales Hernández, Universidad del Valle de México's Institutional Rector, presented "Doctor Honoris Causa" to Dr. José Mario Molina-Pasquel Henríquez, for his outstanding scientific career and for his work promoting innovation in science teaching.
The Doctor Honoris Causa ceremony, which took place on the same day UVM was celebrating its 50th Anniversary, is the highest award that UVM can grant to recognize the contributions of global leaders to the arts, technology or science, or who have excelled greatly in any of the branches that constitutes a work of extraordinary value.
Dr. Molina received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995 for his work: "Theory of ozone depleting CFC compounds,” which helped initiate an intense global campaign worldwide that led to the Montreal Protocol of the United Nations in 1996 which prohibits the production of CFCs in developed countries, the first international treaty that aims to solve a global environmental problem.
In addition to his contributions to the study of global climate change, Dr. Mario Molina has also worked tirelessly to promote innovation in teaching science through INNOVEC, a partnership created five years ago and launched in public schools, which promotes constructive teaching and teaches children "how to learn," thereby boosting interest and participation in the scientific vocations much needed in Mexico.
It is these more recent efforts that UVM wants to recognize in awarding the highest academic distinction to Dr. Molina as these efforts are helping to create the future scientists that Mexico needs. These scientists, like Dr. Molina, will dedicate themselves to finding the solutions to problems that affect society.