Janie Enter Wins Governor's Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women
Janie Enter, a staff member in Chemistry Division’s Isotope and Nuclear Chemistry group, has won the Governor's Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women. Janie is one of twenty women state wide to receive the award. The award was started in 1986 by then-governor Bruce King to honor deserving women for their exceptional contributions, achievements, and efforts to improve the status of women in New Mexico. Winners are rated on community leadership, effectiveness of advocacy for positive change for women and families, and career leadership.
Janie was nominated for the award by the New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering. In the nomination form, the Network describes Janie’s contributions:
“Janie A. Enter has worked tirelessly to encourage girls and young women, especially in New Mexico, to pursue training and careers in science, engineering, and math. These are fields that traditionally have attracted primarily men. She has provided mentoring and support to hundreds of young people, especially females, through formal and informal mentoring and educational programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory and elsewhere. Janie has also been unusually active as a supporter and unpaid volunteer for a number of women’s organizations, both in New Mexico and nationally. She does all this while balancing the demands of being a scientist and a single mother of two teenage daughters.”
Since Janie came to the Laboratory in 1993, she has worked to organize programs that would encourage females and minorities to pursue technical careers. Janie says, “Management in Chemistry Division as been wonderfully supportive of my activities, and they have the right attitude about recruiting and retaining minorities and women. Last year I was given an award for my efforts with MentorNet (an online mentoring method for minorities and women).”
Following are some of the many official LANL-related activities in which Janie has participated.
- Expanding Your Horizons, a workshop that brings 150 teenage girls from Northern New Mexico to LANL for a day of lectures, advice, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, led by female scientists and engineers.
- Advanced Placement Teachers Curriculum Program. This annual program brings 20-30 high school science teachers from throughout New Mexico to LANL for technical and professional development.
- LANL/WERC Summer Environmental Engineering Institute. This program brought 100 students and teachers from around the state to LANL for a week of experiments and learning
- Bring Your Daughter to Work Day.
- LANL Women’s Diversity Working Group.
- LANL Grassroots Student Safety Mentoring Program. Janie was one of the founders of this program (1999-2001), designed to improve the health, safety, and environmental mentoring for students at LANL.
- LANL's Student Program Advisory Committee. Janie was active as a member of this organization (2000-2001), which provides advice on student programs at LANL.
- Student Advisor, LANL's CST-Division
- Recruiter for LANL, focusing on attracting females and minorities (1997-2000).
- Corporate Challenge track & field and cross country teams
- Supervisor and mentor of Rosie Talamantes, a female engineering major at New Mexico State University who won the 1999 National Disabled Employee of the Year Award.
Janie’s list of unofficial and non-LANL related activities is equally extensive. She will be attending an award banquet in Albuquerque in May where she will be presented with a plaque in honor of her efforts.
Of interest: New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women
Janie Enter mentoring students from Purdue University at the 2000
Environmental Design Contest, Las Cruces, NM. Photo by Roger Johnston.
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