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!

Musicians hit a High Note
Posted 05/17/2012 04:41PM

Musicians Hit a High Note

Catherine Xu at Carnegie Hall

We have had another great year of music-making under the mountain! Besides all the exciting performances presented by the school's vocal and instrumental ensembles, two soloists, Liz Butler (soprano) and Catherine Xu (pianist), also made their way to music competitions outside school this spring.  After rigorous training and practice, Catherine Xu entered the 7th Annual Young Artist Music Competition presented by the American-Asian Fine Art Association and was selected for its winner's recital, which included a performance at Carnegie Hall.  Liz Butler, who is a resident of Pittsfield, MA, entered The Berkshire Lyric Young Singers Competition and was awarded a scholarship as one of 5 finalists of the competition.  Both musicians also appeared as soloists in two of Berkshire School's spring concerts, Cabaret and Capriccio.  Congratulations on a job well done!

-- Dr. Tasia Wu, Music teacher

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