Advanced Math/Science Research Update

by Dr. April Burch, Director of the AMSR program

January 15, 2013

Since our last update, Berkshire School hosted student researchers from Belmont Hill, and all-boys prep school outside of Boston, for a 1-day mini-symposium on Student Biomedical Research. The goal was to foster collaboration, communication and community outreach with our students.  AMSR students Liza Bernstein '13, Sissi Wang '13, Lars Robinson '13, Elsie Guevara '13, Ernest Yue '13, and Nate MacKenzie '14, gave short talks about their work in the new Bellas/Dixon Math and Science lecture hall. The talks were followed up by break-out sessions where Belmont Hill students described their research projects and students discussed commonalities between the projects and future goals.

The second semester of AMSR started with some terrific news. The AMSR program was awarded a grant from The Chinchester Dupont Foundation for the purchase of an EVOS fluorescence microscope.  This piece of equipment will expand the types of experiments and analyses that can be done by AMSR students this and future years.  The microscope should arrive shortly, and Dr. Burch has invited everyone to stop in for a look next time they are on campus. 

One new, exciting project that is underway in the winter season of AMSR in the afternoons is being spearheaded by Elif Kesaf '14.  Elif is from Turkey and seeks to identify novel viruses of non-pathogenic strains of Legionella bacterium from travertines in Pamukkale. In collaboration with Dr. Sunny Shin at the Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, she will be working to isolate viruses of this bacterium with the hope of identifying new agents to combat Legionnaires' disease caused by a pathogenic form of Legionella.

Look for more news from Dr. Burch in the next issue!

Music Ensembles
Posted 12/03/2010 01:00AM

Every year, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) organizes district festivals for students across the state. Berkshire School belongs to the Western District of Massachusetts, consisting of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties. This November, 29 Berkshire School students traveled to Westfield State University to audition for a spot in the MMEA Western District Festival chorus, band, and orchestra. Students must prepared a solo work, sight-read selected music and perform scales. The competition is tough as students compete against musicians from over 40 different schools and organizations. Our students felt prepared to step up and show the MMEA judges what we were capable of achieving. Berkshire School had outstanding results this year, with the following students selected to participate in various ensembles:

Orchestra:
Soo Jang Choi, violin
Dani Hill, cello
Kathleen Huang, violin

Concert Band:
Viktor Lee, clarinet

Chorus:
Katie Moffett, soprano
Juliet Shatkin, soprano
Caroline Carey, alto
Elizabeth Harris, alto
Emily Hubbard, alto
Georgia Johnston, alto
Maddy Maher, alto
Moritz Grosser, tenor
Jack Hughes, bass
Brad Keum, bass
Tim Kou, bass
Connor Morgan, tenor
Patricio Rodriguez, tenor

In January, these 17 students will travel to University of Massachusetts to rehearse and perform at the Western District Festival. Students who score high points at the District auditions have the opportunity to travel to Shrewsbury at the end of January to audition for the All-State Festival. Berkshire students who qualified for All-State auditions include Kathleen Huang, Juliet Shatkin, Caroline Carey, Emily Hubbard, Georgia Johnston, Jack Hughes and Tim Kou.

Berkshire School is excited to have another honor bestowed on one of our students. Two-time All-State chorus member Georgia Johnston was recently selected to participate in the MENC All-Eastern Honors Chorus to be held in April 2011 in Baltimore, MD. In order to be selected for this ensemble, Georgia had to score high marks during her All-State auditions. She is the first student from Berkshire School to have achieved this honor.
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