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DRI Nevada Medal 2021 Honoring Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan

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Sea, Earth and Sky: Celebrating the Spirit of Exploration, Discovery and Innovation honoring Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan

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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.

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