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 (in class!): Mr. Gulotta's Con Law Class
Posted 10/09/2013 11:40AM

This is an excerpt from Mr. Gulotta's Con Law class blog - see what they're doing in class here!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

First Case of the new term!!

The United States Supreme Court, which starts its new session on the first Monday of October every year, has decided to hear a case that questions the government's restriction on the amount of money a private citizen can donate to a political campaign.  What is your opinion on this matter?  The idea of the law is to limit any one person's influence from being too great in an election, but the plaintiff feels this in a prohibition of his rights under the first amendment's protection of our freedom of speech.

Current Court Members

Click here to read an article by Ariane de Vogue about the issue of campaign finance reform and the Supreme Court's role.

Get the supreme court's web page by clicking here. 

By going on the web page and typing McCutcheon into the search engine, you can see the questions of law as posed.

This assignment is due on Friday October 11th.
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