LaToya Myles receives honor at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Alcorn State University alumna Dr. LaToya Myles’ devotion to mentorship has earned her high praise in her field.

Myles, a physical scientist with the U.S. Department of Commerce National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Air Resources Laboratory Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division (NOAA/ARL/ATDD) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, recently received the NOAA award for exemplary service in diversity and inclusion. She received the honor for her work as a student mentor and advisor through numerous outreach activities and presentations on behalf of the agency.

Myles appreciates being recognized for her dedication to her job.

“As one of the first recipients of this award, I am honored that my efforts were recognized,” said Myles. “I am appreciative of the support I received from so many individuals who value diversity in the sciences.”

The honor motivates her to stress the importance of creating more avenues for students who are interested in attaining science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

“I am motivated to work even harder to ensure that pipelines and pathways to STEM careers are more accessible. I hope that my colleagues will be motivated to provide new opportunities for students who are traditionally underrepresented in the NOAA sciences.”

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