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!

From Student to Teacher
Posted 11/27/2012 04:29PM

From Spanish Student to Teacher

Most students are accustomed to sitting in class, learning information, and then demonstrating that knowledge through assessments. Not so in Jennifer Anderson’s Spanish classes. Determined to turn the tables on her students, Mrs. Anderson teamed up with Undermountain Child Care, located on the Berkshire campus, to have her students teach the children basic Spanish. UMCC Director Tammy Wysocki was happy to have the Berkshire students help with the education of the young children at the center. “The children of UMCC are really enjoying Spanish with the Berkshire students. They have been saying hello and goodbye to us in Spanish and the toddlers are better at singing the hello song in Spanish than in English now.”

Students in Mrs. Anderson’s class are also enjoying the experience. Karoline Kreke ’13 has found the time with the children very rewarding. She went on to say that she hopes the children will develop an interest for Spanish and that they develop a real passion for learning new languages by the end of the year.

Mrs. Anderson plans to continue this partnership through the end of the year. She sees a real benefit to having her students leave the classroom and use their Spanish knowledge to benefit the education of others. It’s also not bad putting a smile on a child’s face in the process.

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