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!
Over the course of the summer, large areas of Berkshire’s campus have been transformed. When students and families arrive over coming days, they will be delighted to see the many changes.
The site of the former Rovensky Rink is now a beautiful green space, with oversize wooden benches, a fire pit and space for informal recreation and gatherings.
Click here to view photos of the Rovensky site.
Allen Theater, the Barbara Kenefick Center for Learning (KCL), the radio station, and SAT and film studies classrooms have been gutted and are now nearly complete. Allen Dormitory, located on the third and fourth floors, was completely renovated last year.
Click here to view renderings of the new spaces in Allen.
The new math/science building continues to take shape and is on schedule to be finished in the summer of 2012. To watch the construction live, click here.
Finally, finishing touches on the solar field on East Campus are nearly done. The two-megawatt, eight-acre facility will be the largest solar installation in the state of Massachusetts. Click here to read more.