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DRI Nevada Medal Celebration named as Official Nevada 150 Event

Governor Brian Sandoval to present annual award at evening events in Reno and Las Vegas 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 3, 2003

NV150 logoRENO – The Desert Research Institute proudly announces that its annual DRI Nevada Medal Celebration has been named as “Official Nevada 150 Event”, and is now included as part of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial year-long celebration commemorating Nevada’s 150th anniversary of statehood.

The DRI Nevada Medal, a national award given annually, since 1988, is the highest scientific honor given in the State of Nevada and recognizes outstanding scientific, engineering and technical achievement. Nominations are solicited from research faculty, students, organizations and individuals statewide.

This spring DRI will proudly honor Dr. Albert “Yu-Min” Lin at evening events, hosted by the DRI Foundation, in Reno on March 25 at the Peppermill Resort Sap Casino; and in Las Vegas on March 27 at the ARIA Resort and Casino.

“It is truly an honor to present the DRI Nevada Medal each year,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “The Desert Research Institute is a tremendous asset to our state and their work to connect both students and adult audiences alike to inspiring people like Dr. Albert Lin is helping Nevada create the next generation of great explorers, scientists and engineers.”

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.

Dr. Lin's research has taken him into the most remote regions of the world, has led to industry-changing innovations and has expanded the role of media in science. The effort he is most known for, the Valley of the Khans Project, is a high-tech ground, aerial and satellite-based, remote sensing, non-invasive search for the tomb of Genghis Khan that was featured in a one-hour National Geographic Channel documentary film, "Forbidden Tomb of Genghis Khan," which he also narrated.

“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.

The evening programs in Reno and Las Vegas feature both a private and a general cocktail reception followed by a formal dinner with presentation of the DRI Nevada Medal Award and a talk by Dr. Lin.

For tickets and more information, please visit www.dri.edu/nvmedal. For more information about the upcoming events for the Nevada 150 celebration, please visit www.nevada150.org.   

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. The DRI Nevada Medal award includes an eight-ounce minted medallion of .999 pure Nevada silver and $20,000 lecture honorarium.

About the Desert Research Institute: DRI, the nonprofit research campus of the Nevada System of Higher Education, strives to be the world leader in environmental sciences through the application of knowledge and technologies to improve people’s lives throughout Nevada and the world.

About Nevada 150: Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s admission to the Union, will provide opportunities for celebration and reflection as we come together statewide to commemorate our shared history and build a foundation of cultural appreciation for generations to come.  Nevada’s one of a kind and diverse history will be celebrated throughout the state for an entire year in order to promote pride in the shared heritage of all Nevadans.  Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration will commence on Nevada Day 2013 and conclude with an expanded Nevada Day celebration October, 2014. For more information, please visit www.nevada150.org.

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