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Science Speaker Series: Gitanjali Rao

July 28, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Maria Mitchell Association:

“The Role of Science and Technology as a Catalyst for Social Change”


Gitanjali Rao was recognized as America’s Top Young Scientist and received an EPA Presidential award for inventing her device “Tethys”—an early lead detection tool. Rao is also the inventor of “Epione”—a device for early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction using genetic engineering, and “Kindly”—an anti-cyberbullying service using AI and Natural Language processing.

Rao was honored as Forbes “30 Under 30 in Science” in 2019 and TIME’s “Top Young Innovator” and “TIME Kid of the Year” for her innovations and STEM workshops she conducts globally, which has inspired over 46,000 students in the last two years across four continents. In her sessions, she shares her own process of innovation that can be used by students all over the world. She is an experienced TED speaker and often presents in global and corporate forums on innovation and the importance of STEM. Rao is the author of the book “Young Innovator’s Guide to STEM”, which guides students, educators, or teachers with a prescribed 5 step innovation process.


In this talk, Rao will share her innovation journey including some of her recognized innovations, her process, the need for awareness and community service, and the importance of supporting youth and girls.


July 28, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm