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U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto to join Desert Research Institute at "Science Behind Smarter Communities" event

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April 25th event in Las Vegas to celebrate Institute's 60th Anniversary

Las Vegas, NV (March 27, 2019): The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is proud to announce that the honorable U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto will celebrate the Institute’s 60th Anniversary at the “Science Behind Smarter Communities” event on the evening of April 25, 2019, at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center in Las Vegas. 

Since its inception in 1959, DRI has advanced scientific knowledge, supported Nevada's economy, provided science-based educational opportunities, and worked to inform policy makers, business leaders, and community members. 

On April 25, 2019, the Institute will bring together scientists, engineers, civic leaders, and community advocates from throughout Southern Nevada for a conversation about the nexus of science, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, and the future of our communities. 

“For 60 years our faculty and staff have been at the forefront of what’s possible within the environmental sciences,” said Dr. Kristen Averyt, President of DRI. “We are honored to have Senator Cortez Masto join us in Las Vegas to discuss what’s next for science in Nevada and what role new technologies can play in our research, our communities, and our lives.” 

The evening event will feature a panel discussion with Senator Cortez Masto; Dr. Averyt; Dr. Missy Cummings, Director of the Humans and Autonomy Lab at Duke University and recipient of the 2016 DRI Nevada Medal; and Tina Quigley, General Manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. 

The conversation will be moderated by longtime Las Vegas KNPR “State of Nevada” host and well-known journalist Joe Schoenmann. 

The event will also feature a hands-on science expo showcasing the latest in DRI research and technology related to unmanned aircraft systems and wildfire, weather modeling and climate forecasting for Nevada’s agricultural industry, and citizen science. 

Tickets and information about the “Science Behind Smarter Communities” event are available online at dri.edu/60

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The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is a recognized world leader in basic and applied interdisciplinary research. Committed to scientific excellence and integrity, DRI faculty, students, and staff have developed scientific knowledge and innovative technologies in research projects around the globe. Since 1959, DRI's research has advanced scientific knowledge, supported Nevada's diversifying economy, provided science-based educational opportunities, and informed policy makers, business leaders, and community members. With campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, DRI is one of eight institutions in the Nevada System of Higher Education. 

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