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!
Brands Made in the Berkshires
Ten studio art and digital art students made a visit today to Studio Two in Lenox, MA. This energetic local design firm has cornered the market in graphic design and branding in the Berkshires, with clients ranging from non-profit organizations and schools, to local businesses, big and small.
Kevin Sprague, owner and creative director at Studio Two, was our guide for the morning. He talked with us about the creative processes that his firm uses to help clients develop brand identities and the challenges and triumphs of working in his field. Mr. Sprague also divulged a multitude of suggestions and tips for gaining experience and finding a way into design work. We all appreciated his humor and candor, and walked away eager to continue “exercising our creative muscles.”
“Feeling the work environment was a huge part of the trip for me. I loved how real Kevin was about the job and the skills he looks for in his employees. I’m now re-thinking everything about summer programs, colleges, and personal things I can do to prepare myself for the future.” -Lucia Perkins '14
“As someone interested in an artistic career, this trip was extremely informative and a great look at the way the business side of art works.” -Sean Taillefer '12
“Learning about all the intricacies of the professional art world from an experienced worker, like Kevin, was both grounding and inspiring. As a budding software engineer, his talk allowed me to grasp the possibilities in advertising that are available to programmers.” -Alexander Dornemann '15
“Visiting Studio Two and seeing the creative space where they work made me realize that graphic design is something I would really like to pursue.” -Chelsea Preston '13
“He didn’t hold anything back, and he let us know what we need to do to be successful.” -Claire Virkler '14
Thank you, Studio Two!
-- Linda D'Arco, Studio and Digital Art teacher