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Las Vegas - On Monday afternoon Brenna Hardtner, a student at Foothill High School in Henderson, Nevada was honored as the official winner of DRI's first Bacteria Naming Contest. 

Hardtner's name was selected from nearly 100 entries submited from high school biology students across Clark County School District. She received a plaque and a framed photograph of the the microorganism, as well as tickets to DRI's annual Nevada Medal Event on April 30, 2015 at the ARIA Resort Casino in Las Vegas. 

Hardtner's entry - "Thermoanaerosceptrum fracticalcis" - will be acknowledged in an internationally peer-reviewed scientific research paper published by DRI scientists and colleagues.

The newly discovered bactrium is an organism that was isolated from a water sample that was collected 923 meters under the ground from an aquifer that flows through fractured carbonate rock beneath the Southern Nevada desert.

The scientist who first isolated the organism, Dr. Scott Hamilton-Brehm, was on-hand to celebrate the winner and the share how the organism was identified.

Pictured are Craig Rosen, DRI Education Administrator; Brenna Hardtner; and DRI Scientist Scott Hamilton-Brehm.


LAS VEGAS - More than 90 local teachers from throughout Southern Nevada will gather at the Desert Research Institute's (DRI) Las Vegas campus to expand their knowledge on renewable energy and environmental science, this Saturday, February 21.

Offering its seventh-annual Teacher Training Workshop, DRI's GreenPower K-12 Outreach Program has partnered with NV Energy and PepsiCo to offer Nevada's K-12 educators a full day of hands-on, in-service training on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) topics. Teachers will participate in DRI laboratory tours, engage with DRI community partners and get a chance to explore GreenPower's Green Box science kits (which are provided to teachers free of charge and contain more than two weeks worth of lesson plans and classroom materials).

"We are really excited for this Teacher Training because we are bringing our amazing community partners together to showcase and share the opportunities that are available for our educators," said Amelia Gulling, GreenPower’s Administrator. "We could not offer this free training without the generous support of NV Energy, our sponsors, and our newest partner - PepsiCo."

Gulling added that with more than 89 local educators registered, Saturday's training is on track to be one of the largest in the program's history in Southern Nevada. Media are invited to interview DRI GreenPower Staff, community partner representatives and participating Southern Nevada educators on Saturday morning.

Event Details:
Location: Desert Research Institute, Rogers Auditorium, 755 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV
Time: Interview opportunities from 9-11 a.m.
Media Contact Onsite: Craig Rosen, DRI GreenPower Community Outreach Coordinator - Mobile (805) 252-9974

Additional photos and b-roll video of DRI's GreenPower K-12 Outreach Program is available upon request.

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