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!
Hockey News: Team USA and Team France
Three members of the Berkshire community will represent their countries on the world stage in the sport of Women’s Hockey. Kacey Bellamy ‘05 and Kendall Coyne ’11, both members of Team USA, compete in the gold medal championship game vs. Canada tonight, Tuesday, April 9, at 7:30 PM in Ottawa, Canada.
The game will be televised LIVE online at no cost. Click here to view.
Jeanne Morin ’13, a goalie for Team France, is competing in the DI Group B Championship in Strasbourg, France after her team beat the Netherlands by a score of 4-2, then Korea by a score of 5-0. Her team hopes to continue the winning streak in tomorrow’s game vs. China. Sylvia Gappa, her Berkshire coach, had this to say about Jeanne’s accomplishments: “"We are extremely excited for Jeanne to have the opportunity to compete for her country. She has worked hard during her three years on the varsity team here at Berkshire and it is nice to see the effort paying off. Jeanne has been a very important part of our team and the greater Berkshire community and we are going to miss her next year."
For more information about Team France, click here.