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: Allie Brazo '14Dr. Kohlhepp, the coach of Varsity Girls Squash team, nominated junior Allie Brazo, a three-year student at Berkshire from Newtown, CT, as Athlete of the Week. Dr. Kohlhepp states that although she is relatively new to the sport she works very hard and shows a lot of effort in practice and games. He also notes that, “she is interested in learning as much as she can about the mechanics of squash.” Additionally, he describes her as an energetic and competitive player.
When her teammates were asked about the qualities Allie brings to the team, all had great things to say. “Allie is a great teammate; she’s very supportive,” said by Alexis Rivera ’16. Her younger teammates look to her for helpful tips on how to improve and enjoy her many contributions to the team.
Click here to watch a short video about Allie.
Allie started playing Squash at a Taft summer camp the summer before her sophomore year, but injured herself and only participated in three days of training. She currently plays number six on the Berkshire ladder. Allie plays three varsity sports: soccer in the fall, squash in the winter, and tennis in the spring. She’s been playing soccer since first grade and it’s been her main focus since 4th grade. Although soccer has priority in her life, she enjoys playing squash and loves practicing and improving. She even goes as far to say that if she would consider playing at the college level if she qualified.
Click here to learn more about the Girls Varsity Squash team.
-- Livi Robinson '15