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!

CWCT News: Sunday Seminar
Posted 04/03/2013 08:30PM

CWCT News: Internet Research Techniques

 "Not if I Don't Have To: How to Use the Internet to Skim, Scan, Skirt and Skip in Scholarly Research"
This Sunday, April 7, the Center for Writing and Critical Thinking (CWCT) presents another fascinating program in their monthly seminar series. The event will take place in the Bellas/Dixon Lecture Hall at 7:00 PM. The presenter will be English Department Chair Evan Clary.

Students new to research think of the task as laborious, tedious, and time-consuming--taking place in dusty libraries under piles of books while the minutes grind slowly by--but good researchers develop clever habits and methods that allow them to process great amounts of information efficiently.  The internet, used intelligently, provides amazing tools for researchers to save time and effort.  Sometimes, these tools run counter to what we tend of think of as "good study habits."   Read the text the whole way through?  Rarely.  Write everything down?  Never.  Investigate for reliability and validity?  Hardly ever necessary.

As it turns out, working smart is also working less.  Come learn about how to save time and get better grades.
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