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Alumna proud to be featured in Forbes

first_imgFor Dieuwertje “DJ” Kast, ’11, who was listed in Forbes fifth “30 Under 30” list for her work in STEM education, her recognition is just the latest development of her ongoing successes at USC and the surrounding community. A self-proclaimed “Trojan for life,” Kast holds a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from USC, but her journey as a member of the Trojan Family started earlier. Her, father, Martin Kast, is a professor at the Keck School of Medicine  of USC, and she grew up learning about his Human Papilomavirus and cervical cancer research.“I was definitely inspired to be in STEM because of my dad,” Kast said, “He was very happy when I applied to USC as a freshman biology major. It’s because of [my family], and [it’s] because of all of the other STEM education mentors I’ve had throughout the years that I’ve been able to get this successful.”USC alumni were among many featured in Forbes’ list, acknowledging influential teens and 20-something’s from 20 different fields. Starting with 15,000 nominees, only 600 young visionaries made the “30 Under 30 Class of 2016.” Out of those who made the final cut, whom Forbes calls “Today’s Brightest Young Stars And The Future Leaders Of Everything,” at least 11 are USC alumni. USC boasts finalists from seven categories, from games to venture capital.Now STEM Programs Manager for USC’s Joint Educational Program, Kast attended JEP’s summer science program at Catalina Island in high school. She went on to volunteer with JEP during her time as an undergraduate and found her home there in science education.“Being a science major and starting in research science academia, I never really felt like I fit in,” Kast said. “I started doing a lot more work with the community right outside USC and I found that I truly loved that more. I felt that really was my calling.”Since beginning at JEP, Kast said, she has become their  “poster child” for STEM education. Not only does she coordinate the STEM component of the Neighborhood Academic Initiative, a comprehensive, seven-year college preparatory program for low-income youth, but she also introduces elementary school kids in the community to the world of science with educational programs like Wonderkids and the Young Scientist Program, which both work on the sciences with local schools in Los Angeles.“There’s usually not a lot of science in the lower grades,” Kast said. “We choose different fields of science, we do really hands-on science activities to introduce that particular field, and at the end of that unit we actually get a scientist in that field that comes in and talks. Kids so young love to ask questions and they can ask them to a real scientist.”Kast also instructs USC undergraduates in volunteer science education. In all she does, from running these programs to wearing science-themed dresses in class, Kast hopes to inspire a love for science.“My kids know that I really like science, and I hope to inspire them to like science,” Kast said. I want them to see how fun science can be. Even if they don’t go into science, I want the to at least appreciate what it can do.”Kast’s advice for USC students and aspiring professionals is to be your authentic self and follow your passions. Although she won recognition for science, like many of the others on the list, Kast wears many hats and she encourages others to do the same.“Get experience in what you love,” Kast said. “There are lots of ways to combine multiple loves, especially in science. Try to get experiences in all sorts of fields. Once you do know what you really like find those mentors. Find people that are doing what you like. Reach out.”last_img read more

RB Public Library Celebrates 75 Years As The Eisner Memorial Library

first_imgState Senator Joseph Kyrillos and Jan Eisner, great-great granddaughter of Sigmund and Bertha Eisner. ON SATURDAY, APRIL 14, members of the Eisner family, friends and patrons of the Red Bank Public Library gathered in what was once the family home to commemorate 75 years as the Eisner Memorial Library.Brigid McCarthy, library board president, gave the welcoming address and Library Director Faith Chmiel followed by introducing attendees that included Freeholder John Curley and Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna, whose grandmother worked in the Sigmund Eisner Company’s factory during World War I and World War II. Several generations of the Eisner family were also present.Jan Eisner of Atlantic High­­lands, a great-great grand­daughter of Sigmund and Bertha Eisner, said: “Thank you on behalf of my grandfather Monroe, and my father Robert, for designating April 14, 2012, the Eisner Memorial Library Day.” Many of the original uniforms manufactured by the Eisner factory, on loan from Jan Eisner, were on display.Gerald Eisner, grandson of the Eisners, made the trip from Scarsdale and fondly remembered spending every Sunday in the house playing the card game Russian Bank with his grandmother Bertha and maiden great-aunts, Ida and Rosa. He also reminisced about working one summer in the Bridge Avenue factory as a machinist. It was 1939, he was in college and earned $12.50 a week. He was the boss’ son and the female sewing machine operators liked to give him special attention. “They thought it quite funny,” he says. Gerald grew up at 247 Broad St., in what is now the United Methodist Church’s parsonage.The highlight of the afternoon came when Elizabeth McDermott, local history librarian, cut the ribbon extending across the door to the newly-named New Jersey History Room located on the second floor of the library. A climate and light-controlled space, it houses priceless collections of atlases, directories and information detailing the history of the library, Red Bank and Monmouth County dating back to the early 1800s. Many possessions and personal memorabilia belonging to the Eisner family add to the historic value of this room. McDermott, along with an archival consultant obtained through the New Jersey Historical Com­mission, oversaw the project to completion. It will be open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons and by appointment. It is available to researchers, students, gene­alogists and anyone interested in local history.The three Eisner sons, J. Lester, Raymond and Monroe presented the Italian villa-style home to Red Bank in 1937 where they saw a crying need for a library. Built in 1856, Sigmund and Bertha Eisner purchased the 16-room home in 1906 and renovated it twice, adding a mahogany living room in 1920. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, raised their family and entertained many in this home.The event held on Saturday was the kick-off of a year-long celebration in observance of the opening of the Local History Room.For more information contact the library at (732) 842-0690 or visit their website www.lmxac.org/redbank.last_img read more

Kerrykeel and Fanad communities remember Manus with cheque presentation

first_imgA fundraising effort has raised €3,000 in appreciation to Glenswilly GAA for the help received during the wake and funeral of the late Manus Kelly.The family of Bernie Kelly, the McBride’s, held a car wash in Kerrykeel where the local Fanad community donated to raise funds.Pictured above, Bernard McBride presents Glenswilly Chairman Mick Murphy with the cheque.  Kerrykeel and Fanad communities remember Manus with cheque presentation was last modified: September 20th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Toms ready for English title clash

first_imgNortholt’s Ryan Toms will aim to take his career to a new level when he challenges for the English light-middleweight title this weekend.The 30-year-old former solider faces defending champion Erick Ochieng at Alexandra Palace on Saturday night.Toms, who was once on QPR’s books, will be looking to repeat the form he showed when he destroyed Nathan Weise in two rounds to regain the southern area title in July.Ochieng is confident.A victory this time would put him in the frame for a shot at the British title and although Ochieng, 25, is the favourite, Toms’ manager Dave Currivan is convinced his man will prevail.“It’ll be a tough one this, but I really think Ryan can do it,” Currivan told West London Sport.“His training’s gone really well, he’s looked good in sparring and is ready for Saturday night.“I know Erick Ochieng from the amateurs and he’s a strong boy, but so’s Ryan so this one I’m sure will be a good fight.”The bout is on the undercard of former world title challenger Tony Bellew’s light-heavyweight clash with Colombian Edison Miranda.Ochieng, from Stoke Newington, has won 10 of his 11 professional contests and is confident he will see off the West Londoner’s challenge.“Ryan’s a good fighter – he’s a tough southpaw – but we’ve got what it takes to be successful in this fight,” he said.“We know he can fight and he’s got a good left hand, so we’re going to be smart, box him and break him down.”See also:Toms blasts away Weise to regain titleNortholt boxer Toms regains title Patel shines but Lancashire stay aliveFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

10 months agoPSG shopping in Premier League to find new midfielder

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG shopping in Premier League to find new midfielderby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are shopping in the Premier League to find a new midfielder.The Sun says Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina is among a five-man wishlist for January.PSG are also looking at Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong as a new central midfielder but competition for the Dutchman means they have drawn up alternatives.Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure, Everton’s Idrissa Gueye and Salzburg’s Diadie Samassekou are all too under consideration.Lemina is high on PSG’s list on their budget, as they look to comply with Financial Fair Play rules. last_img read more

a day ago​Rice demands West Ham response against Sheffield Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Rice demands West Ham response against Sheffield Utdby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United star Declan Rice wants to see his team put in a great performance against Sheffield United.The Hammers were disappointed to lose out against Everton on Saturday in the early kickoff.But they know that getting back to winning form is crucial if they want to challenge for a European position in the league.”We know we need to perform better than we did at the weekend,” Rice explained to the club website. “You have to be honest and it was shocking, we let the fans down, we let ourselves down.”We reviewed the game and watching it back was tough because we all know we’re not those players. We could have played so much better. That’s in the past now, we’ll look forward to Saturday because there’s no better way to get over that than another game at home when we’ll try to get the three points.”One win puts us back towards fifth, sixth position. We need to stay positive and we need everyone behind us on Saturday to be that twelfth man and push us on.”Sheffield United have performed well – they’ve beaten Arsenal, drawn with Chelsea, narrowly lost to Liverpool so we know it’s going to be tough for us. “But we’re the home team on Saturday and it’s massive that we go out there and put on a performance. Especially after the Everton game it’s going to be key that we get three points.” last_img read more