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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. Dr. Christopher McKay, a leading NASA Scientist, has been named the 2015 Nevada Medalist. Switch supports the important initiatives of DRI by funding their annual events in both Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada.