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!

AMSR Seminar Series
Posted 09/11/2012 08:36AM

AMSR Seminar Series: Dr. Valerie Bolivar

This Friday, September 14, the Advanced Math/Science Research (AMSR) program inaugurates a new monthly seminar series when Dr. Valerie Bolivar of the Wadsworth Center presents her work with mouse models of Autism. The lecture will take place at 11:15 in the auditorium of the new Math and Science Center and will include time for questions and answers, as well as refreshments. The seminar series is open to the public.

The AMSR Seminar Series will provide a forum for regional scientific experts to share their most recent research and ideas, and provide an opportunity for students and teachers to engage experts on a particular topic and to ask questions about their work or professional journey. Topics for the 2012-2013 seminar series include, but are not limited to, behavioral genetics, infectious disease, environmental studies, and cancer research. 

Dr. April Burch, Director of the Advanced Math/Science Research program, is enthusiastic about the impact the new series will have on students. “To be a mathematician, doctor, or scientist is to epitomize a love of learning.  Fostering that passion is part of our mission here at Berkshire School. We are extremely fortunate to have a dedicated space in the new Math and Science Center for this kind of presentation. This series presents students with access to the many, diverse talents within our local research community and I am confident that this will inspire students to think about ways to expand their learning beyond the classroom.”

 

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