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New appointments in the LANL Community Partnerships Office

By David Moore | February 3, 2022

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Monica Martinez-Archuleta and Kayla Norris. David Moore

New appointments in the LANL Community Partnerships Office

Whether via Zoom or in-person, LANL’s colleagues in the community have started the year seeing some new faces in the Laboratory’s Community Partnerships Office. 

Monica Martinez-Archuleta has taken up the role of education outreach specialist, after eight years with the Laboratory’s Math and Science Academy, where she worked with educators on teacher professional development. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with our education partners across the region to support education by ensuring that our students have access to experiential STEM learning,” says Martinez-Archuleta. “My hope is that students from our communities see themselves in STEM careers and that they can see the value of STEM in their everyday lives.” 

Also joining CPO is Española-native Kayla Norris, who returns to New Mexico after six years at Sandia National Laboratories’ Livermore location, most recently as community relations specialist. Kayla will be coordinating LANL’s range of employee drives, including regular blood drives and the annual food drive along with leading K-12 STEM employee volunteer opportunities. “Los Alamos National Laboratory has a long tradition of generosity and service to the community, and I can’t wait to partner with our employees and local non-profits to do all that we can to ensure our neighbors have their basic needs met, and promoting educational outreach opportunities that inspire our next generation of scientists and engineers.”

LANL Foundation accepting Outreach Grants applications

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation’s 2022 Outreach Grants application is now open and accepting proposals for Education and Community Outreach Grants at a $5,000 funding level. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 21. Education Outreach proposals provide services which directly support public education programs and educators for grades K–12 during in- and out-of-school time. Community Outreach Grants support learners of all ages by funding community-based programs that help families and individuals thrive, learn, and fully engage within their community. 

For more information, to learn about online information sessions, and to apply, visit the LANL Foundation website.