The DRI Nevada Medal Event

The Nevada Medal

Over the last 28 years, the Desert Research Institute (DRI) has honored individuals in science and engineering whose prominent research contributions have ranged from mapping the human genome and explaining protein folding to discovering ancient hydrothermal vents in the Galapagos and advancing our knowledge of archaeological discoveries across the globe. Each year science and engineering is celebrated statewide at DRI’s annual Nevada Medal Events.

The Nevada Medal is the highest scientific honor in the state. It is bestowed annually at formal dinner presentations in Las Vegas and Reno. This year,  Dr. Christopher McKay, a leading NASA Scientist, has been named the 2015 Nevada Medalist.


Chris-McKay“It is my privilege and honor to be named as the 28 DRI Nevada Medalist.  The search for life continues to lead us in directions no one thought possible. Collaboration with scientists around the globe and here in Nevada are bringing us closer to the fundamental question we face as a society: Is there life beyond Earth?” -- Dr. Chris McKay

The 28th Annual DRI Nevada Medal Event  

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno will include a formal dinner and award ceremony.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas will include a formal dinner and award ceremony.

Both evenings will feature a cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., with the main event at 7 p.m.