Two outstanding Western Australians honoured by Murdoch

February 23, 2016

L-R: Chancellor David Flanagan, Rod Polkinghorne OAM, Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew TaggartTwo extraordinary individuals were honoured by Murdoch University at graduation ceremonies last week.

Rod Polkinghorne OAM was bestowed an honorary doctorate of science on Monday 15 February for his pivotal role in the development of the Meat Standards Australia beef grading scheme.

This system is a unique beef grading scheme which has added value in excess of $100 million to the Australian beef industry each year through enabling consumers to guarantee the performance of any cut of beef.

Mr Polkinghorne works closely with Murdoch Unversity’s internationally renowned Centre for Production Animals in research and supports postgraduate students.

“One of the great joys has been working with young scientists in many countries and enjoying their bright eyed enthusiasm and burning desire to make the world a better place,” Mr Polkinghorne said.

“Murdoch has a central role in incubating talented young people and I congratulate the University for fostering strong industry links and student interaction.”

The second honorary doctorate was awarded on Friday 19 February to an esteemed educator, Emeritus Professor Don Smart.

Professor Smart taught generations of Western Australia’s student teachers through Murdoch’s School of Education and has continued to support the University after retirement as the inaugural Chair of the Banksia Association.

Huge numbers of Western Australians have also benefited from his work with the Fulbright Association, promoting the enriching experience of educational exchange.

Emeritus Professor Smart called for graduates to stay open to accepting new opportunities and new challenges, even if they seem impossible.

“Ensure that you strive to instil in our kids and colleagues a strong sense of empathy and respect for others – qualities which, as you have experienced, are hallmarks of the fine Murdoch University tradition.”

More than 1200 students received degrees from Murdoch University last week, including 35 PhDs. A further 530 students are due to graduate in Singapore next month.

 

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