Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bringing Arctic and deep-sea science alive for inner-city kids

Dieuwertje “DJ” Kast of USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project (JEP) is drawing on her summer research experiences aboard a deep-sea exploration vessel and at an Arctic research station to inspire young scientists at the USC Family of Schools.

Dieuwertje "DJ" Kast holds aloft a USC banner during her summer research trip to the Arctic. Photos courtesy of DJ Kast.

By Susan Bell - October 6, 2016

DJ Kast is still haunted by two unforgettable sounds.

The first is the gentle, if eerie, glassy tinkle made by perpendicular shards of candle ice in a thawing Arctic lake. “When the pieces of candle ice clink against each other, it sounds like wind chimes,” said Kast, USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project (JEP) STEM program manager. “It’s a strange and beautiful music.”

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