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!
Superstorm Sandy Recovery
A Message from the Head of School:
While Berkshire School was very fortunate to be spared by last week's storm, the wrath of Superstorm Sandy has affected many members of the extended Berkshire family. I would like to express our deep concern and send our best wishes for a quick recovery to all of the alumni, parents, friends and prospective families affected by this storm.
Berkshire was back to business as usual the day after Sandy swept through campus. The Admission Office is conducting interviews as usual and holding receptions for prospective families as scheduled. While life is back to normal at Berkshire, we are committed to helping those affected by the storm. Our Student Activities Committee and Philanthropy Society are working to incorporate different ways for students and faculty to support Sandy recovery efforts during this upcoming weekend's events and beyond.
Our thoughts go out to those directly impacted and recovering from this storm's devastating effects. Please let us know how we can be helpful to you.
Head of School