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!

Athletes of the Week: Elise Chauvel and Eliza Stichter
Posted 02/22/2013 04:47PM

Athletes of the Week: Chauvel and Stichter

Elise Chauvel '15 of France and Eliza Stichter '16 of New Canaan, CT, both new to Berkshire School this year and members of the Girls Alpine Racing team, were named the co-Athletes of the Week. Both are excellent skiers, teammates, and friends. The coaches, John Borwick, Evan Clary, and Maura MacKenzie, look forward to the continued success of the two athletes.  “Their actions, results and enjoyment of the sport is infectious and they’re truly leading the team in bad jokes, hugs, and laughter,” said Coach Borwick.

Click here to watch a short video interview.

Elise Chauvel began her ski-racing career in France. In 6th grade, she and her family began looking for a place where she could balance superior academics with the opportunity to grow her skiing expertise. She enrolled in the Bement School in Deerfield, MA, before enrolling at Berkshire as a sophomore.  She races in the Tristate league of USSA on the weekends, and in the Brigham Ski League during the week. After participating in three USSA races, she qualified for the US Eastern U16 Championships, and was also ranked 5th in her age group in all of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Based upon Elise’s last two results in Slalom, she would be ranked number fifteen in the entire East Coast.  Elise raves about how much she loves skiing, and how glad she is that she is to be at Berkshire.

Eliza Stichter, born and raised in Connecticut, has had an impressive start to her Berkshire skiing career. She began skiing extremely young, and soon began to challenge herself on the strenuous mountains of Vermont. She followed her older sister, Sarah, to the Stratton Mountain School, a ski academy based in southern Vermont and the one-time school of her now fellow teammates Jackson vanZon-Borwick '13 and Ian Rasmussen '14. In her first two USSA races, Eliza placed thirteenth and then third, and is ranked 14th overall in the east coast.  She loves skiing, and hopes to continue to ski in college. Eliza and Elise have very similar skills and points, and have developed both on and off the snow.

At the Brigham Ski League Dave Rockwell GS Championships two weeks ago, Eliza skied an aggressive yet careful run to finish 2nd, and Elise finished 3rd.  At the NEPSAC Class A Championships last week at Okemo in VT, Elise took 3rd  in the slalom, followed by Eliza Sticher, who faltered a bit on her second run and finished 6th. In the giant slalom race, Eliza placed 2nd, and Elise took 12th.

For more information about the Girls Alpine Racing program at Berkshire, click here.

-- Faye Downes '15, Sports Information and Broadcasting

 

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