Stephenie Larsen Honored; Nominations Available For Science And Tech Awards

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Stephenie Larsen, founder of this Provo-based LGBTQ resource center Encircle LGBTQ+ Family & Youth Resource Center, has been honored for youth direction at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival Utah Women’s Leadership Celebration Jan. 25 hosted by Zions Bank at Park City. She was among 11 other women leaders across the nation who were recognized for their impact in fields which range from healthcare and company to philanthropy.

Larsen has spent her career working with youth and families. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a law degree and degree in household sciences, she reflected abused and neglected children in inner-city Washington, D.C., working on Capitol Hill for the Committee for Children, Youth and Families. While living in Provo, she became conscious high s*****e rates for LGBTQ youth in Utah and also the dearth of funds available to them, which directed her to establish Encircle LGBTQ Family and Youth Resource Center.

Zions Bank hosts the function as part of its mission to encourage women who are making an enormous difference within their own community and workplace.

“These girls we have honored are creating a substantial impact within our community by using their exceptional leadership and contributions in their chosen disciplines,” said Scott Anderson, Zions Bank president and CEO. “We appreciate the development and advancement of girls and encourage people who are making attempts to improve the gender representation.”

That is the fifth year that Zions Bank and Sundance Institute have hosted the event centered on local women leaders. In the exact same celebration, Robert Redford was admired for his continuing effort to encourage girls as independent filmmakers throughout the history of the Sundance Film Festival that he set. Actor Geena Davis also received particular recognition for efforts to bolster gender parity among characters in children’s movie and television applications.

Nominations available for Governor’s Medal awards

USTAR, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, or GOED, is now accepting nominations for the annual Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology Awards. The awards honor individuals who have left an impact across their careers and highlight achievements in 2017. After the final selection of this 2017 awardees, ” Gov. Gary R. Herbert will present the awards at a ceremony June 6.

Even the Governor’s Medal award program has been initiated to recognize individuals who have given distinguished service or produced significant career achievements that have benefited the country of Utah in the areas of science and engineering. Nominees must have demonstrated significant contributions in the fields of science, engineering technology, engineering management, or science, technology, engineering and math education.

Nominations can be made in one of four different categories:

Education — K-12

Academic/Research

Government — an individual or service

Industry — an individual or service

“These medals represent the true leaders in creation as well as the educators who are influencers statewide,” said Ivy Estabrooke, USTAR executive director. “We look forward to honoring individuals who have played a critical part in shaping Utah’s science and tech landscape.”

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Previous award recipients and present members of the medals review committee aren’t eligible for nomination. More information and a one-page nomination form are available for downloading online at: governorsmedals.ustar.org. Nomination forms have to be filed by 5 pm March 2.