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!

The Importance of Being Earnest
Posted 10/29/2012 08:25AM

The Importance of Being Earnest

Thursday, November 1 - Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 PM

The Berkshire School Theater Department will perform Oscar Wilde's classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest this Thursday, November 1 - Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 PM in Allen Theater.
After two years of modern fare, Berkshire's theater ensemble is reaching back into the traditional theater cannon with Earnest. "It's good to develop their range," says Jesse Howard, Director of the theater and film program, 'It forces them to push outside of their perceived boundaries and try something that stretches them."
The play, long considered to be among the best comedies ever written, asks that the cast learn mannerisms, customs, and a dialect that are totally new to them. The cast has spent hours studying and practicing vowel replacements, dropped Rs, forward resonance, and pitch glides from a CD and a packet of study materials. "They've done a lot of very academic work to create a credible british sound," said Mr. Howard, "I am very pleased with the result, the hard work is paying off."
Click here to read the cast/crew blog.
The show runs about an hour and 45 minutes. There is a $2 donation at the door. Bear Wear is required for students. And don't leave too quickly at the end of the show... there is a surprise you won't want to miss!
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