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!

Who We Are: Mr. Smith and daughter, Olivia, in StoryCorps
Posted 10/21/2013 03:12PM

 

Mr. Smith and his daughter Olivia haven't always gone to school together - but you might not realize that they did, in fact, attend class together long before their Berkshire School days. Their story was first recorded by StoryCorps in 2012 - today,  Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, comes out with his second collection: Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps.  Their story is included among its pages.

 

Click here to see the book.
Click here for a YouTube video of Mr. Smith and Olivia, talking about their lives.
Click here to listen to the original podcast.

 

It's a beautiful story about family and what that can look like, about love, and what that can look like, too. We're pleased to share this news with the community and proud to count Mr. Smith and Olivia among our ranks.

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