Cato T. Laurencin Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Cato T. Laurencin was formally inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences recently. Newly elected members received the honor amongst more than 200 outstanding individuals chosen for their achievements in academia, the arts, business, government, and public affairs.Laurencin is currently the only Orthopaedic Surgeon in America who is an active member of the Academy, and the second inducted in the Academy's history, according to the announcement.
The Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock, and others who believed the new republic should honor exceptionally accomplished individuals and engage them in advancing the public good. The Academy's dual mission remains essentially the same century's years later with honorees from increasingly diverse fields and with the work focused on the arts, democracy, education, global affairs, and science.
“With the election of these members, the Academy upholds the ideals of research and scholarship, creativity and imagination, intellectual exchange and civil discourse, and the relentless pursuit of knowledge in all its forms,” said David W. Oxtoby, President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Laurencin is the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering.