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!
Academic Awards: Third Marking Period
Academic awards for the third marking period were announced at a recent School Meeting. Academic Dean Clay Splawn called honorees to the stage to be commended by the community, and also highlighted other recent academic achievements.
Click here to view the list of Academic Award recipients
Click here to view the Honor and High Honor Roll lists
Kurt Schleunes, Math Department Chair, presented plaques to Penny Ni and Seyoon Lee, two students in the Advanced Math/Science Research class who were selected as INTEL Science Talent Competition finalists. INTEL is the most prestigious pre-college science competition in the nation, and just 300 semifinalists were selected from over 1800 applications, representing 497 high schools in 44 states. Only six semifinalists were selected from New England boarding schools: 2 from Andover, 1 from Choate, 1 from Hotchkiss and 2 from Berkshire School. It is the third year in a row that Berkshire has had students selected as INTEL semifinalists.
Click here to learn more about Penny Ni and Seyoon Lee’s accomplishment.
Paul Banevicius, Art Department Chair, presented award certificates to ten students selected to exhibit work at the Norman Rockwell Museum as part of the Berkshire County High School Art Exhibit. The selections, displayed for the months of February and March, represent some of the best artwork created in western Massachusetts. The following students were honored: Sam Cabot, Roya Daemi, Keunna Dill, Anna Driscoll, Jenny Grogan, Elsie Guevara, Wesley Lickus, Johanna Nilsson, Chelsea Preston, and Ji Won Ryoo.
Click here to view a slideshow of their artwork.