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: Parents' Weekend Wrap-Up
Posted 10/14/2013 10:04AM

It was another jam-packed weekend for parents and families to see what we do on campus, and it couldn't have been any better. From dinner and a concert bookending conferences with advisors on Friday, to classroom visits and a full athletic slate on Saturday, parents still found time to visit the new art gallery, fuel up at the food trucks at games, and reconnect with friends made during other school events. Thankfully, the weather cooperated, making a gorgeous backdrop for all of the fun.

See a video of the weekend here.
See a slideshow of Anne Day Photography's photos from Friday night here.
Watch a slideshow of the weekend here.

Watch a slideshow of athletic competitions here. These photos are from Risley Sports Photography, and you can order photos here.

At the same time, alums returned for a Homecoming fun run and soccer competition, as well as Volunteer Day conversations.

See a slideshow here.

It was great to see everyone back on campus - the energy and enthusiasm of all participants was palpable - if you couldn't make it, check out the pictures, and we'll see you next time!

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