Awards and achievements
Dr Margaret di Menna (left) with the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Vice Chancellor Elect) Professor Harlene Hayne, University of Otago (right).
Dr Margaret di Menna, Scientist
Emeritus, has had the reading room at the University of Otago’s Abbey College named in her honour because she was the first woman PhD graduate from the institution in 1954.
Dr di Menna’s PhD in microbiology focused on the nature and relationships of yeast on the human body.
Although doctoral degrees were first offered at the University of New Zealand (later to be the University of Otago) in the 1920s, it was not until 1944 that the first PhD was awarded from the University of Otago, and doctoral degrees remained uncommon until the 1960s.
Dr di Menna says humbly, “I am most gratified to have this honour but it was just
a matter of me being there at the time.”
Dr Stewart Ledgard has been appointed as an adjunct Professor to the
New Zealand Life Cycle Management Centre at Massey University.
AgResearch is a joint partner with Massey University and three other
Crown Research Institutes in the Centre, which aims to develop skills in Life
Cycle Management in New Zealand across organisations and industry.
Dr Ledgard is involved in aspects of course development and supervision of PhD
students via the Life Cycle Management Centre. His current research in this area
focuses on resource use, efficiency, and carbon footprinting across the life cycle of dairy, lamb, beef, venison and wool products and on managing agricultural systems to reduce environmental emissions.