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!

eDome
Posted 01/05/2012 02:23PM

The eDome

The Fall 2011 eDome, Berkshire School's student literary and arts magazine, was published online recently. 

Click here to view. To view past issues of the eDome, click here.

The 2011-12 staff include the following:

  • Editor in Chief: Caroline Wood '12
  • Writing Editor: Liza Bernstein '13
  • Visual Arts Editor: Anna Driscoll '13
  • Performance Editor: Nik Rhodes '13


Lissa McGovern, faculty advisor to the eDome, is excited about the new issue. "In its first edition of the 2011-12 school year, the eDome presents a range of student work that reflects the diverse interests and talents of Berkshire students.  Through the many modes of expression that are represented in the eDome, the student work published in the eDome is exciting and thoughtful."

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