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!
The Green and Gray Challenge for the 2013-14 school year is off to a great start! Under the enthusiastic and dynamic leadership of Troy Bernier, Austin Brandt, Allie Brazo, Hannah Cooke, Michaelann Denton, George Fowlkes, Eloise Morrow, and Dylan O'Connor, the first week of school has been filled with fun, friendly competition.
See our pictures and videos of the big match-ups here:
Saturday, during Morning meeting, Green and Gray team leaders ran on stage to get the students fired up for a night of Green and Gray competition! Watch the video here.
After team dinners, the students headed out for a highly competitive all-school Capture the Flag contest.
Watch the slideshow here.
And, finally, both sides battled mightily in dodgeball, bringing this challenge to a close.
Watch the dodgeball videos here.
If you're keeping score (and who isn't?), Gray took the Amazing Race for 50 points; Green gained 15 points at the Initiation Cheer-Off; With a Gray Capture the Flag win (75 points) and a Green dodgeball victory (100 points), Gray now leads by only 15 points.
The next showdown will be the Fall Festival, held in October - may the best team win!