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 10/22/2013 08:54AM

The big news this weekend was the reopening of the RINKS!!!! From broomball to hockey to open skate, everyone got a chance to check out the ice.

The Jackman L. Stewart Athletic Center (West Rink) is open to the public (Sheffield residents) for Open Skate each Sunday from 6-8 p.m., from Sunday, Nov. 17. to Feb. 23.

There was more going on - chess club in the alcove at Benson, trips to town, and the perennial favorite, ultimate frisbee - but for the moment, all eyes (and skates) were on the ice.

On Sunday, though, students finally left the rinks behind. Some headed for the big town - Hartford, that is - where they shopped at Cabela's and the Asian Market, then ate dinner at Chipotle, before heading home again.

Others decided to take advantage of this gorgeous fall weekend - orange and yellow and red leaves flew across Buck Valley and into the creek - by helping the Maple Syrup Corporation splitting wood.

By Sunday night, the books came back out, as we all got ready for another great week Under the Mountain.

 See a slideshow here.

And check out this picture taken by Mr. Gulotta of that unreal autumn light!

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