Our Views: Youths earn science kudos

Two Baton Rouge middle school students recently saw their scientific findings published in the research journal Soil Horizon.

Jalen Scott and Desirae Gardner, both students at Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School, examined soil samples at 11 public schools, finding elevated levels of arsenic at seven of the schools. School officials concluded that there was no cause for alarm, although they suggested to parents ways that children could avoid ingesting the metals found in the soil.

David Weindorf, a soils specialist with the LSU AgCenter, helped the students with their research. The students were also assisted by LSU graduate students Matt Flynn and Elizabeth Matthews.

We congratulate Scott and Gardner on their accomplishment, and we commend Weindorf, Flynn and Matthews for helping the students. Elkhan Akhundov, a science teacher at Kenilworth, helped advance the collaboration between the LSU scientists and the Kenilworth students.

Such collaborations between LSU and local schools are invaluable. We’d like to see more of them.