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!

Screening: Girl Rising
Posted 04/01/2013 04:07PM

Documentary Screening: Girl Rising

This Friday, April 5, the Center for Global Initiatives invites the Berkshire community to a screening of Girl Rising, an inspiring documentary about the power of education to change the traditional subjugation of women and girls in developing regions. The documentary, produced by Academy Award-nominee Richard Robbins, tells the stories of nine girls from nine countries who are striving beyond circumstance and past limits to demonstate the strength of the human spirit to overcome daunting odds.  By educating girls, the movie emphasizes, we impact the future of more than 66 million girls around the world who currently do not have the opportunity to go to school. The film includes performances from Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez, Salma Hayek, and Alicia Keys, among others. 

Click here to watch the trailer.

The movie will be screened in Allen Theater at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to members of the extended Berkshire community.

Click here to learn more about the film.

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