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!
College Deposit Day
Seniors at Berkshire today donned clothing from their future college or university in celebration of College Deposit Day. By May 1st, students must deposit at the school which they plan to attend in the fall. This celebratory day culminates the college process and, not surprisingly, the mood across campus was filled with excitement.
Many teachers got into the act and also proudly wore their school colors. Pieter Mulder, Berkshire's Director of College Counseling and new Interim Head of School, speaks for the entire school in sharing "his excitement regarding the impressive collection of colleges and universities that our talented sixth formers will call home next September. Congratulations are certainly in order for each member of the Class of 2013!"
The senior class has amassed an impressive college acceptance list that includes both small, liberal arts schools and larger universities across the country. Berkshire is again proud to share that nearly 90% of the Class earned acceptances to the most selective or highly selective colleges and universities as defined by Barron's. For a complete matriculation list of the Class of 2013, click here.