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!
Baseball News: Ryan Summers '13
Even though the baseball season at Berkshire does not start for several months, Ryan Summers '13 has already had a remarkable year. This past October Ryan was invited to be a member of the Kansas City Royals Scout Team, which participated in the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, FL. The tournament brings together some of the best young talent in the United States. Ryan represented himself well, finishing the tournament with a 500 batting average, .500 on-base-percentage, 3 RBIs, and the second highest slugging percentage (1.250) in the tournament. Based on Ryan's stellar performance, he was selected to the All Tournament Team. In addition to this great news, Ryan also signed his official letter of intent to the University of Louisville this past November, which competes in the Big East and was ranked 42nd last year in the country. Congratulations to Ryan on a special couple of months, and we are looking forward to having him compete this spring one more time on Young Field for the Bears.