31st DRI Nevada Medal
The DRI Nevada Medal was established in 1988 to recognize outstanding achievement in science, technology, and engineering. On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in a virtual event, Governor Steve Sisolak will formally present the 31st DRI Nevada Medal to Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, a distinguished scientist, astronaut, and explorer.
The theme of the event is Sea, Earth and Sky: Celebrating the Spirit of Scientific Exploration, Discovery and Innovation. In conversation with Dr. Sullivan during the medal event to explore this theme will be James Fallows, National Correspondent for The Atlantic.
Dr. Sullivan began her career in oceanography, and she joined NASA’s astronaut corps in 1978. On October 11, 1984 she was the first American woman to walk in space. During her fifteen years with NASA, she flew on three space shuttle missions, including the mission in 1990 that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. From 2014-17 she was Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and in 2017 she was designated the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair of Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. On June 7, 2020, she became the first woman to dive to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of Earth’s oceans.
For details on this event, please continue to our event website at https://nevadamedal.com.
Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Time: 5 – 6 pm (PST)
Location: Virtual event
About the DRI Nevada Medal
The DRI Nevada Medal was established in 1988 to acknowledge outstanding achievement in science and engineering. Since then, the DRI Foundation has honored individuals 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.
The Nevada Medal is the highest scientific honor in the state. It is bestowed annually at formal dinner presentations in Las Vegas and Reno. The annual award includes an eight-ounce minted medallion of .999 pure Nevada silver and $20,000 lecture honorarium. The award is formally presented during dinner ceremonies in Reno and Las Vegas attended by Nevada’s business, educational and governmental leaders.
For more information about the Nevada Medal, including a list of past Nevada Medal Winners, please visit: https://www.dri.edu/nevadamedal/