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!
TS Eliot may have called it “the cruellest (sic) month,” but The Center for Writing is stepping in to change that image. It’s Poetry Month, and the students and faculty of Berkshire have sent us a comprehensive selection of thirty poems, reflecting a variety of literary tastes and affections, as individual as each of the contributors.
We hope you’ll enjoy this daily dose of April Poetry.
Follow this link to today’s offering, or this link to see an archive of poems for each previous day in April.
As part of our April celebration of poetry, poets, and all things poetic, the Center for Writing is excited to announce a reading by poets Michael Cirelli and Lisa Starr, next Thursday night, April 7, at 7 pm. The event will be followed by a book signing and dessert, and the poets will work with students in their English classes over the course of the following day. We are fortunate to have access to these poets – Cirelli is the Director of UrbanWord in NYC, and Starr is the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island – and look forward to seeing the myriad ways in which their time here will further develop our students’ experience with poetry.
-- Virginia Watkins, Director of the Center for Writing and Critical Thinking