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!
CWCT Seminar: Algorithms and Rubik's Cube
The Center for Writing and Critical Thinking presents the second program in the CWCT Seminar Series this Friday when math teacher and Pro Vita Director Jasper Turner shares his simple strategies for solving the complex Rubik's Cube. The program begins at 7:30 PM in the Bellas/Dixon Lecture Hall.
A description of the program is below:
Have you ever solved a Rubik's Cube? Invented in 1974 by a Hungarian architecture professor, the cube is thought to be the most successful 3-D puzzle of all time. In its heyday, it was estimated that 1 in four people in the world had attempted a cube. Using simple algorithms, we'll solve a scrambled cube, discuss different methods, and explore some of the group theory that goes along with the cube. By the end, you'll be well on your way to becoming a speedcubing master and will hopefully have more appreciation for one of the most challenging puzzles invented.
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