A new centre will boost The University of Western Australia's internationally recognised research into human emotional experiences and behaviours.
Located with the UWA School of Psychology, The Elizabeth Rutherford Memorial Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion commemorates the work of the late Dr Rutherford, a world leader in research into emotion.
Speaking at the opening of the centre, UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson said Dr Rutherford had been one of the School of Psychology's most distinguished researchers and the centre was a fitting tribute to her outstanding contribution to worldwide scientific research.
"Elizabeth Rutherford was a remarkable woman and we are pleased to acknowledge her achievements and highly valuable contribution to this University's reputation, both within this country and internationally," Professor Robson said.
He also thanked Dr Rutherford's mother Margot Rutherford and her sister Debbie Rutherford, for their support in helping to establish the new centre.
"Their generous gift will enable us to provide not only a physical space, but also scholarships and travel awards that will enable growth and collaboration in these key areas of psychological research," Professor Robson said.
"This new centre complements The University of Western Australia's already significant contribution to research that will ultimately benefit the people of this State, and beyond."
The Elizabeth Rutherford Memorial Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion was officially opened by WA's Acting Mental Health Commissioner Neil Guard and Margot Rutherford, who also unveiled a commemorative plaque.