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Oct. 4

Oct. 4, 2018

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager

531-MCC-2876

darayment@mccneb.edu

mccneb.edu

 

Sustainability discussion to feature America’s Top Young Scientist of 2017

 

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College will host the fourth installment of the Hubbard Sustainability Series on Sunday, Nov. 4, 4-6 p.m. on the second floor of Do Space, 72nd and Dodge streets. The event will feature Gitanjali Rao, a 12-year-old who was named America’s Top Young Scientist of 2017 by the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for inventing a device that detects lead in water faster than any current technique. 

 

The Hubbard Sustainability Series will host Gitanjali, along with speakers Eric Williams, natural resources planner with the Natural Resources District, and Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, to discuss water and the environment.  

 

A question and answer session with all three speakers will follow. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit mccneb.edu/hubbard.

 

About Gitanjali Rao

Gitanjali Rao was named America’s Top Young Scientist of 2017 by the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for inventing a lead detection device. Rao’s device can detect the chemical element in water faster than any current technique. She has given TEDx talks, is an active STEM promoter and is involved in promoting STEM-based activities in schools and the community. 

 

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Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.