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!
Pro Vita Winter Session 2013
After much anticipation, Pro Vita is finally underway. During this special week, students pursue a course of study outside the traditional curriculum, choosing three ninety-minute courses from the more than 80 courses offered. Taught by Berkshire faculty, alumni, parents and community leaders, classes explore a range of subjects, from Intellectual Property Law and Chaos Theory, to Landscape Design and Aviation Science.
Click here to view the course catalog.
An exciting evening program is integral to the week. On Tuesday, Ryan Lizza '92, Washington correspondent for The New Yorker magazine and a CNN contributor, will share his insight on President Obama and the election of 2012 with a perspective on the rising power of the younger electorate. On Thursday, Amber Tamblyn, an actress on hit television shows and in films, the author of a bestselling book of poetry and prose, and a producer of an annual poetry concert, will read her poetry and share her journey of self-discovery. Both programs will be presented in Allen Theater at 7:00 PM.
Click here for more information about the evening speakers.
NOTE: Both evening programs will be streamed live on the website. To watch, click here at 7:00 PM on Tuesday and Thursday.
Click here for more information about Pro Vita Winter Session, including the schedule for the week, visiting faculty, and links to off-site blogs and photos.