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!
William Pang '15 has been working hard with his friends in the Library Committee to let the community know about some of the exciting things that are happening in Geier Library this year. Feel free to read the quick explanations below. Then click here to move to the Library page, where the committee will be adding information on a regular basis.
Plug-In Monitors Are Here!
Ever felt the trouble of opening and minimizing browsers when doing research? Spearheaded by the library committee, 24 inch monitors for students to plug into their PCs and Macs are now available to use in the library. Students can simply drag their windows into the second screen, facilitating work on a paper on one screen, while researching on the second screen. This process allows for quicker and more efficient research, among other valuable uses.
A collection of students and teachers with shared interest in learning, the Student Library Committee is interested in making Geier Library a fun and collaborative space. Advised by Interim Library Director Andrea Hollnagel and librarians Ed Surjan and Emily Warner, library committee members are students with displayed interest in furthering the educational experience at Berkshire. The committee meets once a week to discuss and implement ideas that will make Geier Library a place where students will able to work efficiently and fully utilize library resources. Library Committee Members: William Pang '15, Noah Faison '16, Hayley Sutherland '14 and Krissy Govertsen '15