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!
Athlete of the Week: Tim Ernst '13
Tim Ernst is an excellent athlete and a strong contributor to the Berkshire School Varsity Hockey Team. Coming here as a senior from Salisbury School, he quickly grasped everything he needed to learn to succeed here at Berkshire. Tim manages to maintain a High Honors 3.94 GPA while being a dedicated Varsity Hockey goalie for Berkshire. He does this by staying aggressive while on the ice, yet focused on school work as soon as he steps off. His coaches are always impressed by his skills. Assistant Coach Evan Nielsen said, “His performance all year has given us the edge in close games. He has made big saves when we've needed him to (I think back to a penalty shot save in the last minute against Avon). He is a calming presence in our defensive zone and has a business like attitude toward getting his job done.”
Tim’s performances are backed up with strong statistics: 1.95 GAA (goals against average) and a .932 SV % (save percentage). He has led the Bears to an 18-2-3 record to date. As of February 4, the team was ranked #2 in New England Prep Poll by United States Hockey Report. Ernst was also voted 2012 MVP of the Avon Holiday Tournament.
Tim hopes to continue his hockey career at a Division I college next year. "He has worked hard both scholastically and athletically to put himself in a position where he will have a lot of options," said Head Coach Dan Driscoll.
Click here to see a short vidoe highlight about Tim.
-- Melody Barros '15, Sports Information and Broadcasting team