Bradenton teen named to Time mag '30 under 30' list

December 29, 2013 

Brittany Wenger

BRADENTON — Time Magazine has named 19-year-old Brittany Wenger of Bradenton to its “30 People Under 30 Who Are Changing the World” list.

The list was released Dec. 4.

Time said on its website Wenger was selected by a panel of millennials and Time editors.

She was listed under science as “The Diagnostician.”

Time wrote the following on Wenger: Brittany Wenger won the 2012 Google Science Fair’s Grand Prize for teaching a software network, or an “artificial brain,” to detect breast cancer through a minimally invasive procedure that could be more reliable than the current biopsy procedure.

The Out-Of-Door Academy graduate project uses cloud computing to assist doctors in diagnosing cancer.

Wenger won the 2012 Google Science Fair awardin the 17-18 age category for her project, titled “Global Neural Network Cloud Service for Breast Cancer.”

She built an application that lets doctors compare patient test results to an online database, allowing them to assess tumors using a minimally invasive procedure.

Wenger won a $50,000 scholarship from Google, a National Geographic trip to the Galapagos Islands, one year of mentoring and internship opportunity with Google, CERN or LEGO, a personalized LEGO mosaic, and a one-year subscription of digital access to Scientific American archives for The Out-of-Door Academy.

Her project was among thousands submitted to Google from around the world. Judges selected 15 projects, tackling topics ranging from vertical farming, dementia and 3-D electronics, according to the company.

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