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Laboratory researchers receive Women in Technology awards
April 11, 2019
 Laura Monroe (left) and Janette Frigo received 2019 Women in Technology Awards by the New Mexico Technology Council.

Laura Monroe (left) and Janette Frigo received 2019 Women in Technology Awards by the New Mexico Technology Council.


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Laboratory researchers receive Women in Technology awards

Two researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory were recognized with 2019 Women in Technology Awards by the New Mexico Technology Council. Janette Frigo, an electrical engineer with the Laboratory’s Intelligence and Space Research division, and Laura Monroe, a mathematician with the Laboratory’s High-Performance Computing division, were recognized for their exceptional work in the STEM fields, their commitment to community and mentoring other women.

“Janette and Laura exemplify qualities that our Laboratory holds in the highest esteem: outstanding work in their fields and giving back to the community,” said Thom Mason, Laboratory director.

In addition to her award-winning work on a long-range sensor network, Frigo is a leader of the Expanding Your Horizons Conference that  exposes middle and high school students from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to STEM fields through hands-on workshops and science and career fairs. Monroe has spent most of her career focused on unconventional approaches to difficult computing problems, and she is also committed to both recruiting women to the computing field. More than half of the interns she has hired have been women, and women make up about 30 percent of her computing project team.

OtherNews2Young contestants from Holy Cross Catholic School take part in the Chili Bowl Cook-off.

Chili Bowl Cook-Off supports Soup Kitchen

The Española community came out in force for entertainment and food for a good cause March 30 at the 13th annual Chili Bowl Cook-Off at the Santa Claran hotel. In addition to car show and a children’s costume contest, a silent auction raised more funds for the beneficiary of the event, the San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen. Los Alamos National Laboratory and its operator Triad National Security were proud to support the event.

OtherNews3.jpgSupported by Americorps funding, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps provides comprehensive workforce development training and educational enhancement programs to New Mexico’s youth between the ages of 17 and 25.

Opportunity for nonprofits to apply for Americorps funding

The New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism has released its Request for Applications Notice of Funding Opportunity for the 2019-2020 AmeriCorps Program Year.

Nonprofits can apply for AmeriCorps grants that focus on the following areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.  All interested applicants must submit a notification of intent to apply by Tuesday, April 16, 2019 by 5:00pm Mountain. Full applications are due April 30, 2019 by 4:00pm Mountain.

Two-week summer STEM program for high-school students

This June, the University of New Mexico hosts the Joint Science and Technology Institute, Albuquerque (JSTI – ABQ), a two-week, fully-funded, residential STEM research program for current high school students in New Mexico. Students will participate in research projects mentored by a range of organizations including Los Alamos National Laboratory, with the aim increasing STEM literacy and encouraging students to pursue careers in STEM fields. Deadline for applications is April 19, and students can apply here.


STEM resources and opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) STEM Rising program looks to provide resources and information to inspire, educate and young people for future careers in science, technology, engineering and math. It offers resources,for students and teachers (including news of internships and job opportunities) and also produces a blog and monthly newsletter featuring updates from around DOE facilities that include Los Alamos National Laboratory.