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!
Countdown to Pro Vita 2012
For one special week the Berkshire community embraces opportunities to stretch our curriculum through a diverse slate of learning opportunities that speak to our mision, Non Pro Schola Discimus, Not Just for School But for Life. Choosing from over 80 different courses available, ranging from Intellectual Property Law and Chaos Theory to Themes from Plato's Republic and Aviation Science, students will pursue three seminar-style classes for the week, each 90 minutes per day.
Click here to download the Pro Vita 2012 catalog.
A number of special evening programs are planned as well, including a guest lecture series, musical performances and International Night. Click here to learn more about the evening programs.
A number of visiting faculty will be participating in Pro Vita 2012. Click here to view the list of Visiting Faculty.
Some students will take their learning on the road. This year, there are three off-campus trips offered: Flight Training in Florida, Wildlife Management and Conservation in a Montana river valley, and Trail Squad Maintenance on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. Click here to learn more about these exciting trips. Each group will be chronicling their experience in a blog. Be sure to check the Pro Vita 2012 page for links.
Pro Vita 2012 runs from Sunday, February 26 - Saturday, March 3.