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!
On Friday and Saturday, theater students will be staging three short, comic plays performed in the round. The plays include Small Actors by Stephen Gregg as well as !Artistic Inspiration and It's not you, it's me by Don Zolidis. (The "!" is intentional, as are the lowercase letters in the 2nd title.)
According to Director Jesse Howard, the plays in large part riff on theater itself. "We are staging the show in the round, with the audience right up close to the actors. We have costume racks and props shelving onstage, so the audience will literally get to see all aspects of the show, including things that normally happen backstage," he says. "The style lends itself to this with many actors playing multiple roles, changing costume pieces and personalities on a dime. We have one play about a girl who lies about the tiny role she gets in the school play, another about two writers trying to write the worst play ever (and yes, we get to see dubious results), and a final piece which clues us in on a series of scenes in which the same two people get broken up with multiple times to hilarious effect." Please join us for this fun night out at the theater!
Free and open to the public. Seating will be limited to about 100 people per show and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Performances on May 10 at 7:30 p.m.; May 11 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Click here for the Cast list.