Monday, February 10, 2014

DRI Nevada Medal Celebration Named Official Nevada 150 Event

Dr. Albert "Yu-Min" Lin
Governor Brian Sandoval to present annual award at evening events in Reno and Las Vegas.

The Desert Research Institute proudly announces that its annual DRI Nevada Medal Celebration has been named an Official Nevada 150 Event and is now included as part of Nevada's yearlong sesquicentennial 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 in Reno on March 25 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino and at the ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on March 27.

"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 Dr. Lin, who holds a Ph. D. in Materials Science and Engineering.

The evening programs in Reno and Las Vegas feature 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 about the DRI Nevada Medal event, visit dri.edu/nvmedal. For more information about Nevada 150, visit nevada150.org.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Bottoms Up at Brew HaHa


The 19th annual Brew HaHa beer-tasting and entertainment fundraiser event is set for Friday, January 24 at 8 p.m at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks. Brew HaHa has more than 100 types of beer available for unlimited tastings and live music by electronic hip-hop group Vokab Kompany.

The event raises critical funding for the Sierra Arts Foundation in Northern Nevada. In 2013, Brew HaHa raised more than $37,000, allowing Sierra Arts Foundation to provide support for area artists and community arts programs, such as Arts in Education, the Elder Care Concert Series, and the Arts Integration Project.

General admission tickets include all-you-can-responsibly-enjoy tastings, including many seasonal and microbrew varieties that beer connoisseurs won’t be able to try anywhere else. A VIP ticket allows attendees access an hour early, along with a pre-event opportunity to speak with the brewers themselves. Both VIP and general admission tickets include a commemorative beer pint tumbler.

Brew HaHa tickets are available online at janugget.com, or by calling 800-843-2427. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $65 for VIP. Ticket prices increase by $10 if purchased at the door on the day of the event. Fifty percent of the ticket purchase price is tax-deductible.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Inaugural Nevada State Balloon Champion Series Announced

2013 Ruby Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival. Photo: Matthew B. Brown
As part of Nevada’s sesquicentennial celebration, Nevada 150 announced the inaugural Nevada State Balloon Champion Series. A special trophy will be awarded to the pilot who finishes with the most points from hot-air balloon races held throughout Nevada during 2014. Between January 25 and October 31, series points will be gathered and determined by a representative from each race in conjunction with The Great Reno Balloon Race Aeronauts. The seven 2014 races include:
  • Mesquite Balloon Festival - Jan. 25-26, Mesquite
  • The Lovers Aloft Balloon Festival - Feb. 14-16, Lovelock
  • The Winnemucca Balloon Festival - Apr. 26-27, Winnemucca
  • The Pahrump Invitational Balloon Rally - Mar. 7-9, Pahrump
  • The Great Reno Balloon Race - Sept. 5-7, Reno
  • Ruby Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival - Sept. 26-28, Spring Creek
  • RE/MAX Nevada Day Balloon Launch - Oct. 31, Carson City
"We are excited to award, for the first time ever, a Nevada State Balloon Champion for our state's sesquicentennial celebration," says longtime Nevada pilot Pat Irwin. "We hope this series will add new interest and excitement in all of these great balloon races across Nevada."

At the end of the final race, the winning pilot will be awarded the Nevada State Balloon Champion trophy and will be featured in the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City on October 31.

For additional information or to participate in the Nevada State Balloon Champion Series, contact Pat Irwin at 775-273-7123, 775-461-6887, or pirwin@health.nv.gov. For more information about this event and to view all the upcoming events for the Nevada 150 celebration, visit nevada150.org.