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!

Ski Racing: Training Beyond Rivalry
Posted 11/29/2012 05:14PM

Ski Racing: Training Beyond Rivalry

It’s not often rival teams practice together, but on Wednesday, November 28th, the ski teams of Salisbury School and Berkshire did exactly that.  In order to promote good will, 28 athletes from the Berkshire Alpine Ski team headed south on Route 41 and met the their Salisbury race team counterparts.  On the turf field, the two groups stood side by side for “dry-land” training together:  running, plyometrics, and cross-fit cycles, followed by some spirited games, including ultimate Frisbee and the odd but captivating version of dodgeball developed by the University of Vermont’s ski team and known, a little mysteriously, as “Swedish.”     

Early January will bring races that pit these two teams against one another, but for now they are all reaching for the same fitness goals while building rapport and mutual respect.

Thanks to Salisbury racing, especially the coaches, for agreeing to participate in this activity, but just as importantly, thanks to our Berkshire athletes, for representing so well the school’s emphasis on character, integrity, and gracious sportsmanship. 

Click here to learn more about the Boys Alpine Racing team.

Click here to learn more about the Girls Alpine Racing team.

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