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!

Advanced Humanities Research
Posted 10/28/2011 10:30AM

Advanced Humanities Research at Yale

On Thursday, October 20th, the six students in the new Advanced Humanities Research (AHR) course travelled to New Haven, Connecticut for a guided tour of the Yale University Art Gallery.  Even though most such tours focus on the artworks collected and displayed within the museum, the objet d’art on this visit was the building itself, designed by American architect Louis Kahn in 1953.  Students had already seen a documentary film, studied drawings, and read critical essays (from sources such as Perspecta and other architectural journals) about the work of Kahn—on Thursday, they got to step inside the work and experience the space first-hand, learning about its history from concept to construction as well about the practical challenges curators face, when wedding the building’s American High Modernist aesthetic to other artistic visions, from medieval Christian altarpieces to African funerary sculptures.

Because the AHR students are studying Modernism generally, they also spent time taking in paintings by Duchamp, Kandinsky, Rothko, and Pollack, among others, reflecting on what “doing art” can mean in the context of bold stylistic and formal experimentation.

Of course, there was also time to pause at the Roman busts for a photo and grab some Wooster Street (Frank Pepe’s) pizza, too!

-- Evan Clary, AHR Instructor and English Department Chair

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