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!
Berkshire School’s theater department is proud to present Cole Porter’s hilarious musical, Anything Goes, this Thursday - Saturday, February 14, 15, and 16, at 7:30pm in Allen Theater.While Anything Goes has been done quite regularly in high schools for decades, this selection is actually a bit of a departure for Berkshire School whose recent productions include Urinetown, Little Shop of Horrors, and Eurydice. "We thought maybe it was time to do something a little more traditional, see if we could flex that muscle a little bit after doing a lot of darker, modern fare," said Jesse Howard, Berkshire's theater director. "There is something to be said for going to the theater on a cold winter's night and just being entertained, enjoying great songs, and laughing at genuinely funny dialogue. Our focus has been to really bring out the humor and fun inherent in the style of the of the show. Regardless of your age or tastes, the comic rhythms, hummable tunes, and broadness of the plot twists are all aspects of the show to which most people intuitively relate." The show features a live band, dance numbers, and a cast and crew of some thirty people.
The event is open to the public. A $2 donation is suggested, and snacks will be available for purchase at intermission.