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 News: Media's Impact on Gender Norms
The Health and Wellness program and the Center for Writing and Critical Thinking have paired up to present a screening and discussion of Miss Representation, a documentary that examines the media's role in perpetuating both male and female stereotypes, confronts the lack of women in leadership positions, and explores how media's portrayal of beauty and sexuality impact cultural norms, individual identity, and social development.
Students and faculty will first screen Miss Representation in Allen Theater and then move to Berkshire Hall where they will break up into small discussion groups lead by a faculty facilitator. On Thursday, fourth formers will come together once again to distill the highlights from the discussion groups and posit ideas about what Berkshire can do to address the many issues surrounding female and male stereotypes, the lack of women in leadership roles, and identity.
The event begins at 7 PM in Allen Theater and is required for sophomores and open to juniors, seniors and members of the faculty.