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!
Zeiko Lewis: Soccer All American
Coming off the heels of record breaking season, Zeiko Lewis '13 was invited to participate in the High School All-American Soccer Game in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday night. The only players selected from Massachusetts and one of three picked from New England, Zeiko represented well in the game, earning a start for the East All-Americans and scoring in the 55th minute to give his team the 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, the West All-Americans were able to score two more goals and win, 3-2. Click here to see the details of the HS All-American Soccer Game: http://
Lewis also was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association. He was awarded NSCAA All-American for 2012, and he will travel to Indianapolis in January to attend the NSCAA National Convention to be receive his award at the All-American Luncheon. Click hear to see the full list of NSCAA All-Americans: http://www.nscaa.com/awards/
In other exciting news, Zeiko was featured today in the Boston Globe. For his achievements this season, Zeiko was selected to be on the Boston Globe's All-Scholastic Team for Boys' Soccer. Click here to read more: http://www.boston.com/sports/
Finally, Zeiko recently finalized his college plans - he has accepted a scholarship to continue his studies and soccer at Boston College next year!