Today: Lummi PhD to share her story and work for Indian Country

Lummi tribal member Dr. Rose James, a University of Washington professor and member of the Native Research Network, will speak today, Nov. 16, at noon in the Cultural Arts Building – Building 7. A build-your-own sandwich lunch will be provided.

James, who received her PhD in pathology in 2002 from UW, is now Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities for the university.

Jessica Urbanec, Northwest Indian College instructor of science, said her selection of James as a speaker is singular: to show students it can be done.

“Rose has enabled many undergrads to experience professional growth from a different perspective,” Urbanec said. “I was one of many beneficiaries of her teaching, as were Valerie Segrest, Randy Elliot and many others.”

James’ activities include directing the Indigenous Genomics Alliance and Training cores for the Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality and participation in the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. She also co-chairs the Advancing Indigenous Research Ethics in Practice and Policy, a committee exploring successful models for tribal-university research agreements.

James also works on various grants involving tribal-academic partnerships including a project to develop research infrastructure to address tribal health priorities, a pharmacogenetics study and a project to develop processes for meaningful dissemination of research results in tribal communities.