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!

What We're Doing: Weekend Wrap Up
Posted 10/06/2013 09:05PM

The weekend started early this week with Helping Hands Day on Thursday afternoon. Following Tanner Tomasi's lead, the community came together around taking care of where we live.

Watch a short video here.

On Friday, DK's Advanced Humanities Research class took a field trip to The Mount - Edith Wharton's home in Lenox.

See a short slideshow here.

That night, at the Pep Rally, Boys' Soccer took spirit to a whole new level!

Watch the video here.

Then, on Saturday, students went to games before an evening of Green and Gray fun, followed by Berkshire's Annual Fall Festival.

They raced in sacks and on three legs; they raced to eat a hanging doughnut and discovered exactly how hard that can be. Finally, they ate pie. Oh my goodness, did they eat pie.

Watch a slideshow here.
Watch videos here and here and here.

At Fall Festival, they competed in a blow-up obstacle course, ate cotton candy and snow cones, played laser tag, and tried their aim at the dunk tank.

Watch a slideshow here

Finally, with the weekend winding down, some students gravitated to a movie in Allen Theater, while others went to Clybourne Park with Mr. Smith.

And, once again, the weekend comes to a close before we're ready, and Monday looms large. But there's always next weekend...

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