The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences

November 11, 2010 09:42 ET

Dr. Marlene Scardamalia Receives Honorary Diploma in Health Sciences

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 11, 2010) -

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As a dedicated supporter of innovation and research in education and the applied health sciences, Dr. Marlene Scardamalia, PhD, is this year's recipient of The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences Honorary Diploma of Health Science.

Michener Honorary Diplomas of Health Science are awarded to individuals who demonstrate leadership and commitment to the applied health sciences, as well as those dedicated to the advancement of applied health sciences education. Recipients are selected by Michener's Board of Governors and the honorary diploma will be conferred at Michener's annual graduation ceremony on November 13, 2010.

Dr. Scardamalia holds the Presidents' Chair in Education and Knowledge Technologies at OISE/University of Toronto and is the founding director of the Institute for Knowledge Innovation and Technology. She is the creator of the CSILE/Knowledge Forum, a collaborative online learning environment to engage students of all ages in knowledge and idea sharing. She is also the executive editor of Cognition and Instruction, on the College of Reviewers for the Canada Research Chairs program and on over 15 other committees and editorial advisory boards. Dr. Scardamalia has received several distinguished awards leading up to this honour.

With regard to research, Dr. Scardamalia's productivity is unparalleled. She has demonstrated exceptional commitment to an inclusive knowledge strategy through her practice and research spanning health care and education. Her goal of demonstrating the possibilities for crossing traditional discipline, sector, cultural and age boundaries have changed the face of research as we know it.

"We look forward to the rich opportunities for collaboration with such a distinguished scholar," says Paul Bertin, Chair of Michener's Board of Governors. "This collaboration will help guide Michener as we move forward with cultivating a culture of inquiry and to support Michener's vision to be a centre of excellence for the advancement of applied health sciences education."

The contributions Dr. Scardamalia has made to education and health care research align with two of Michener's core values–leading by example and embodying excellence–and make her an outstanding candidate for this honour.

Past honourees of Michener's Honorary Diploma of Health Science have included luminaries such as Dr. C. Joseph Kurian, President of Alpha Laboratories; Dr. Donald Stuss, Vice-President Research and Academic Education and Director of the Rotman Research Institute; Mrs. Sonja Bata, Founder of the Bata Shoe Museum and renowned philanthropist; Dr. Amitai Ziv, Founder and Director of the Israel Centre for Medical Simulation and Pediatri­cian at Hebrew University; Dr. Robert Byrick, Clinical Anesthesiologist at St. Michael's Hospital; Dr. Daniel Klass, Director and Associate Registrar, Quality Management at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario; Dr. Sheela Basrur, (former) Chief Medical Officer of Health and Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Health for Ontario; Dr. David Naylor, President of the University of Toronto; and Dr. Diana Schatz, founder of The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences.

About The Michener Institute

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences is Canada's only post-secondary institution devoted exclusively to applied health science education. Since 1958, Michener has educated applied health professionals who serve a vital role in the country's health care sector in such fields as medical laboratory science, medical radiation sciences, respiratory therapy, chiropody, diagnostic cytology, genetics technology, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Interprofessionalism, patient-centred learning and simulation-enhanced education are essentials of the Michener academic experience for over 5,000 full-time, part-time and continuing education students. The Michener Institute is publicly funded by the Province of Ontario, through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and further enriched through partnerships with universities, private sector companies and leading health care organizations. For more information, visit

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