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U of T celebrates extraordinary scholars

April 28, 2011

TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto will confer honorary degrees on several outstanding scholars in the fields of medicine, engineering and medieval studies at its Convocation this spring.

“The University of Toronto is delighted to recognize a number of accomplished individuals who have made significant contributions to research, knowledge and teaching,” said President David Naylor.

University of Toronto Professor Emeritus Mladen Vranic, an internationally renowned leader in diabetes research, will receive an honorary doctorate of science June 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Dr. Vranic’s pioneering research in glucose metabolism, exercise, hypoglycemia and stress have transformed the landscape of diabetes treatment.

“Mladen Vranic has been an important part of the University since Professor Charles Best, the co-discoverer of insulin, asked Dr. Vranic to be his last postdoctoral fellow,” said Naylor. “Through nearly five decades of outstanding scholarship and teaching, he has trained and mentored many of the current leaders in the field.”

Professor Michael Lapidge, one of the world’s foremost scholars in medieval studies and one of the first Ph.D. graduates of the renowned Centre for Medieval Studies at U of T, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters on June 10 at 2:30 pm. Originally from Canada, Professor Lapidge is Emeritus Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge.

“Professor Lapidge is an influential and prolific author with more than 200 publications to his credit and has had a profound impact on the discipline of medieval studies. It is a positive reflection of the strength of the humanities in Canada that so many leaders in the field have been educated here.”

Executive director of Hatch Ltd., Bert Wasmund will receive an honorary doctorate of engineering on June 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm. Wasmund is credited with transforming the metallurgical industry through a series of technical innovations that reduced energy consumption and harmful emissions while improving workplace safety and productivity.

“Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Wasmund has had an extraordinary influence on engineering management.  His contributions have moved beyond advances in efficiency to address broader issues of sustainability more generally.” said Naylor. “The University is very pleased to recognize the exceptional accomplishments of this U of T graduate.”

Approximately 12,500 students will graduate from the University at ceremonies taking place from May 31 to June 17 in Convocation Hall, 31 King’s College Circle. Members of the media are welcome to attend convocation ceremonies but are asked to confirm their attendance in advance by calling U of T media relations at 416-978-0100.


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Jennifer Lanthier
Writer & Special Projects Officer

University of Toronto Media Relations