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Food Depot honors Laboratory for donations

By David Moore | September 19, 2022

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Jill Dixon, deputy director of the Food Depot (left), presents the Corporate Lifetime Giving Award for 2022 to Frances Chadwick.

The Food Depot has honored the Laboratory with its Corporate Lifetime Giving Award for 2022, in recognition of the long-standing generosity of employees and the further support of Laboratory operator Triad.

The Food Depot, Northern New Mexico’s food bank based in Santa Fe, calculates that since 2009 it has received more than $607,700 from the Laboratory, including employee donations, the Employee Giving Campaign match and additional Triad contributions. Employees have also donated hundreds of volunteer hours to the nonprofit, both individually and in groups. Laboratory Staff Director Frances Chadwick accepted the award at an Aug. 4 event at the Food Depot in Santa Fe. 

"This award really belongs to all the Laboratory employees who have come together to help our community by donating their time, money or food items over the years," said Chadwick. "I thank them for their commitment to fighting hunger and food insecurity in Northern New Mexico."


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Educators sharing STEM activities with students through the summer Science on Wheels program.

Bradbury educators bring weekly hands-on STEM activities to Española students

The Bradbury Science Museum’s educators traveled to all nine Española public elementary schools this summer with their Summer Science on Wheels program, bringing creative hands-on activities for kindergarten through sixth-grade students.

The educators (Mel Strong, Chelsea Redman and Emily Schmidt, intern Tina Nisoli and an educator sponsored by the Bradbury Science Museum Association) provided three visits to each school group over three weeks, visiting on the same day each week and providing a welcoming consistency for the students. 

Summer Science on Wheels is part of the schools’ 21st Century Community Learning Centers program which offers academic, leadership and enrichment opportunities for students and families, particularly in under-resourced educational districts.


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U.S. Congresswomen Teresa Leger Fernandez (in red) and Alejandra Y. Castillo, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development (in blue) on a tour of Santa Fe Community College.

Laboratory participates in event to mark Good Jobs Challenge grant 

The North Central New Mexico Economic Development District, Regional Development Corporation and Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) hosted a tour and roundtable on Aug. 15 at SFCC, featuring a visit from Alejandra Y. Castillo, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, with Nan Sauer, senior director of the LANL Partnerships and Pipeline Office, representing the Laboratory.

The event marked the hosts receiving a $6.4 million American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) for workforce training, specifically in the construction and healthcare industries. The Laboratory supports the partnership, and will be one of the employers engaged in the implementation of the initiatives funded by the grant.

More information on the EDA grant is here