NMiF discusses efforts to get more women involved in coding and STEM-related fields

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This week on New Mexico in Focus, Correspondent Megan Kamerick talks with three New Mexico women about efforts to correct the gender imbalance in technology and get more women and girls interested in coding and STEM-related fields.

Also, Native Americans have high rates of diabetes and obesity, which links to other health concerns, such as cancer and heart disease.  In this month’s installment of NMiF’s “Reconnecting with a Healthy Lifestyle” series, correspondent Antonia Gonzales visits communities in New Mexico and Arizona, on different areas of the vast Navajo Nation, to learn how some Native Americans are overcoming systemic challenges that affect their well-being.

Additionally, NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists take on some of the top news stories of the week, including the results of the Albuquerque Municipal Election held this week and reactions to the horrific massacre in Las Vegas, Nev.

New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during pledge drives.

Studio Guests

Lisa Adkins,co-founder and chief operating officer, Ingenuity Software Labs Inc. and founder and co-leader of Girl Develop It ABQ

Monica Alvarez, graduate of Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp and software developer for 11 Online

Cherish Franco, computer engineer and advocate for girls in STEM

Line Panelists

Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC

Andy Lyman, reporter for NM Political Report

Sophie Martin, attorney

Dan McKay, reporter for the Albuquerque Journal


Antonia Gonzales & Megan Kamerick


Gene Grant

New Mexico in Focus is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. Hosted by Gene Grant, New Mexico in Focus takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic, health, education and arts issues and explores them in-depth, with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment.”

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided in part by the McCune Charitable Foundation.

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