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!
Art and the Aeneid
Students in Latin IV read four books of Vergil’s Aeneid in Latin this year. As a conclusion to their reading of Vergil’s great poem, they did a project which combined art and Vergil. They chose a scene from the Aeneid which they found interesting. They then had to find six illustrations of that scene, at least one of which had to come from Greek or Roman art. Their other illustrations came from modern European or American art from the Renaissance on. Each student had to choose a different scene. Once they had selected their images, they researched each image and wrote a paper in which they discussed both artist and style. They also had to do a PowerPoint presentation of their images and discuss them with their classmates for roughly ten minutes. The purpose of the project was to show the influence that Vergil’s poetry has exerted on European and American art and culture.
Click here to read junior Maddy Maher's work.
-- Norm Merrill, Language Department Chair