2007 Recipient - Wendy Hough
Graduate Affairs Assistant, Department of Medical Biophysics
A motherly figure who cares greatly about putting students first – at times handing out free candy and snacks to graduate students - Wendy Hough has been referred to as the “super-glue that binds together students” in the Department of Medical Biophysics.
Hanif Ladak, Chair of Medical Biophysics, says since Hough began working at Western in 1998, the graduate program has more than doubled in size from 44 students to 91.
“Wendy builds and fosters Western’s core values,” says Ladak. “She does not simply go an extra mile in serving our students and staff, but she goes an extra 10 miles.”
One example was Hough’s initiative in tackling the department’s website, increasingly a critical source of information for students and faculty. This required Hough taking software courses in the evening to hone her computer skills.
“She makes things happen and has been creative in making it part of the structure of being a graduate student in Medical Biophysics,” says Professor Peter Canham, noting her behind the scenes work makes all the difference.
Hough, who helps interface with such a diverse groups of scientists, clinicians, staff members and graduate students across London, could simply say “wow” when told of the news of the award.
“I work in a department filled with the best faculty and staff on campus,” says Hough. “I am thrilled that the graduate chairs, department chairs, graduate students, and my peers took the time to nominate me for this award. I am thoroughly humbled by their thoughtful gesture.”
Hough says her department offers a unique and supportive work environment that has allowed her to grow intellectually and that fosters professional self improvement.
“Their attitude has always been ‘go for it but don't forget to use your best judgment’.”
by Paul Mayne
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