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Steve James to retire after 37 years at Western

Steve James

The Engineering and Design Department’s Lead Technician, Steve James, will retire Nov. 1 after 37 years at WWU.

Steve was hired by WWU’s Technology Department back in 1985. Though departments, buildings, and people have changed WWU’s campus over those 37 years, Steve was always active in the union that represents the technical staff. His dedication supported the close and productive relationship the union has had with the administration. We are grateful for this contribution that has made WWU a great place to work!

Read more about Steve James' time at Western in Western Today.

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SURP’s Up: Worms, pond scum and fruit flies make for interesting summer research

Undergraduate Research Assistant Lola Demurger examines fruit flies for gender and phenotype (traits) to make sure they go in the right test tubes. Photo by Luke Hollister/WWU

Summer at Western is usually a quiet time, with fewer in-person classes making for nearly empty buildings.

That’s one of the reasons why the Biology Department created the new Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), led by seven faculty in the department. SURP cuts some of the isolation involved with summer research by holding research student meetings once a week, hosting field trips, and encouraging collaboration between labs.

“Part of the intention was to bring people out of their scientific silos– to interact and exchange ideas,” said Adrienne Wang, Assistant Biology Professor at WWU and one of the leaders of SURP.

Read more about summer research on Western Today

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