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!
Ryoo '14 qualifies for US Junior Mathematics Olympiad
Ji Won Ryoo '14 has officially qualified for the United States Junior Mathematics Olympiad, one of just 230 students selected to participate in the nation. Her selection comes on the heels of a perfect score on the American Mathematics Competition 10 (AMC10A) exam. Just 10 students out of nearly 71,000 that took the AMC10 test were able to accomplish this feat.
The USA Junior Mathematics Olympiad is a test of both mathematic prowess and endurance. The exam will have 6 problems and be administered over 2 days. All six problems on the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad will require written answers, perhaps a detailed algebraic, number theoretic, combinatoric or geometric solution rather than a proof in mathematical format, and problems will be graded on a rigorous 7 point scale (42 points total).
Click here to learn more about Ji Won's perfect score on the AMC10A exam.
Click here to learn more about Berkshire's math team, tied for second in the New England Math League, ahead of peer prep schools Hotchkiss, Taft, Loomis Chaffee, Groton, Deerfield and Kent.