Reno ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
Las Vegas ceremony scheduled for Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Aria Resort & Casino
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 24, 2013
RENO/LAS VEGAS – In its 27-year history the Desert Research Institute’s Nevada Medal event has honored biologists, atmospheric chemists, ocean explorers and even a renowned paleoecologist – but never before someone as young and innovative as the 2014 medalist.
In the spring of 2014, the Desert Research Institute will proudly present Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin with the DRI Nevada Medal during special events planned in Reno and Las Vegas.
Dr. Lin, whose Chinese name (Yu-Min) roughly translates to “Citizen of the Universe”, is a research scientist at the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and an Emerging Explorer of the National Geographic Society in the field of technology-enabled exploration.
As the creator and Principal Investigator of the Valley of the Khans Project, an international multidisciplinary effort to locate the tomb of Genghis Kahn, Dr. Lin has led multiple technology driven expeditions deep into the most remote parts of the world and developed innovative platforms for satellite, aerial and subsurface remote sensing in exploration.
His team’s pioneering work to create new methods for massive data analysis through innovative crowdsourcing techniques earned him the 2011 USGIS Academic Achievement award and was featured in a one-hour National Geographic Documentary film, “the Forbidden Tomb of Genghis Khan”, also in 2011.
“To me the Nevada Medal comes with the heavy responsibility of honoring the spirit of human curiosity… the desire to seek the unknown, stand at its bank, and venture in,” said Lin, who holds a Ph. D. in Materials Science and Engineering.
“Today the frontiers of exploration exist in science, driven by a need to expand our knowledge of the world around us, and defined by how we utilize that knowledge. I am humbled and incredibly honored to be a small part of that.”
The 27th Annual DRI Nevada Medal Event in Reno will include a formal dinner and award ceremony, scheduled for Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. The Las Vegas event will also include a formal dinner and award ceremony, scheduled for Thursday, March 27th, 2014 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Both evenings will feature a cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m., with the main event at 7 p.m.
“Albert is a pioneer in a new era of digital exploration and science education through public engagement,” said DRI President, Dr. Stephen Wells. “His work has motivated participation from thousands of people in real-time, on-the-ground scientific discovery in ways we never imagined. I’m also very excited that we are honoring a material scientist and engineer this year.”
Dr. Lin is the youngest research scientist and the first materials scientist and engineer to receive the DRI Nevada Medal.
Tickets and more information about the 2014 DRI Nevada Medal event are available online at http://www.dri.edu
About the DRI Nevada Medal
The DRI Nevada Medal is a national award given annually, since 1988, by the Desert Research Institute to recognize and stimulate outstanding scientific, engineering, and technical achievements. Nominations are solicited from universities, research organizations, corporations, and individuals nationwide.
The DRI Nevada Medal award includes an eight-ounce minted medallion of .999 pure Nevada silver and $20,000 lecture honorarium. The award program involves public lectures by the medalist at DRI campuses in Reno and Las Vegas. The award is formally presented by the Governor of Nevada during dinner ceremonies in Reno and Las Vegas attended by Nevada’s business, educational and governmental leaders.
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