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!
'The Readiness is All'
How the Prince of Denmark Can Change Your Life"
This Sunday, January 6, the Center for Writing and Critical Thinking will present another lecture in the CWCT Seminar Series. English teacher Dr. Kohlhepp will discuss Shakespeare's tragedy, Hamlet. This lecture is well-timed for seniors who are reading the play, then performing key acts, in their English classes this month. The event is open, however, to students in all forms. The lecture will begin at 7 PM in the Bellas/Dixon lecture hall.
The following invitation is addressed specifically to seniors:
Dear sixth formers:
Nervous about your upcoming date with the great Dane? Thinking that Hamlet Night is just another dramatic debacle in the making? Ever wonder why your teachers make you read all this Shakespeare anyway?
Dr. Kohlhepp, who has taught Hamlet so many times that he has bits o' the Bard rattling around in his brain at all times, will answer these questions, and many more. If you come ready to laugh and to listen, you may learn a little something. More importantly, you will roll out of this lecture and into Shakespeare's greatest tragedy with the right mindset for a great experience.
A.J. Kohlhepp earned a Ph.D. in British Literature at The University of Texas - Austin, where here specialized in seventeenth-century verse. In a dozen years with the English department, he has taught every level, in addition to his other duties at Berkshire.