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 Now: Alum Dan Gulotta '99's Blog from Africa
Posted 10/23/2013 06:14AM

My son Danny Gulotta, Berkshire School class of 1999, graduated from Bowdoin College in 2003 and since then has been an educator.  Along with his Medical Doctor wife Dr. Camille Puronen they have taken their talents and their young son Eric to rural Kenya where Dr. Puronen is the chief medical resident at a small rural hospital,and Danny is teaching at an orphanage.  

Eric is loving the animals and he has become a fantastic representative of American good cheer. To read and see the amazing work they are doing, log onto his blog which he writes once per week.  It is heart warming to see the unselfish and giving spirit of this wonderful family.

Click here to read the blog and don't forget to comment - they're a long way from home and would love to hear from you!

 

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