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!
Bears in the Postseason
The Girls Varsity Basketball and Boys Varsity Hockey teams have both qualified for the postseason and will play their quarterfinal games this Wednesday. Girls Basketball is ranked #5 in the New England Class B division and will play #4 Cushing at Cushing at 3:30 PM. Boys Hockey, ranked #3 in the New England Division I/Elite 8, will play #6 Salisbury at Berkshire at Berkshire at 3:00 PM.
NOTE: The Boys Hockey game will be streamed live on the Berkshire website. To access this stream, click here on Wednesday at 3 PM.
#1 Tilton vs. #8 Marianapolis @Tilton
#2 Pomfret vs. #7 Brooks @ Pomfret
#3 Govenor's vs. #6 St. George's @ Govenor's
#4 Cushing vs. #5 Berkshire @ Cushing at 3:30
#1 Kimball Union vs. #8 The Gunnery @ at a neutral site TBA
#4 Kent vs. #5 Dexter @ Loomis
#3 Berkshire vs. #6 Salisbury @ Berkshire at 3:00
#2 Belmont Hill vs. #7 Westminster @ Belmont Hill
Click here for more info about the Hockey rankings.
A number of boys and girls in the Alpine Racing programs have also qualified for the postseason and will be competing in March in USSA (United States Ski Association) and FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski or International Ski Federation) competitions:
- Elise Chauvel '15 finished tied for 1st Overall at the Tristate (Ma/CT/RI) U16 Championships and qualified into the USSA Eastern U16 Championship at Sugarloaf, ME.
- Annette Key '16 finished 6th Overall at the Tristate U16 Championships and was named as 1st Alternate to the U16 Eastern Championships, and qualified into the USSA Eastern U16 Finals at Attitash, NH.
- Julia Slyer '14 qualified into the USSA Eastern U21/U18 Finals at Okemo, VT.
- George Frick '14 qualified into the USSA Eastern U21/U18 Finals at Okemo, VT.
- Nate Mackenzie '14 qualified into the USSA Eastern U21/U18 Finals at Okemo, VT and the Eastern FIS Championships at Stowe, VT.
- Jackson vanZon-Borwick '13 qualified into the USSA Eastern U21/U18 Finals at Okemo, VT and the Eastern FIS Championships at Stowe, VT. Jackson was also invited to the Netherlands National Alpine Team training camp and evaluation this summer.