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!
This weekend felt like the first real turn towards winter - perfect for late fall activities!
On Friday, our three singing groups went to Mt. Everett for a concert that also included Monument Mountain's groups. Each school performed individually before joining together for a combined performance. It was a fun experience for everyone involved and the perfect way to start the weekend!
Between pumpkin carving with the cross-country team, dressing up for the Halloween dance, and the scary movie marathon in Bellas-Dixon, this was one festive weekend! Faculty kids took a Haunted Hike, and everyone welcomed Kacey
Bellamy and Kendall Coyne back to campus during a Girls' Hockey Jamboree! They signed shirts and offered words of encouragement for the U14 girls before heading back to train with the olympic hockey team.
And, once again, Sunday night, the books came back out, as we all prepared for another week - this one a little colder than the last - Under the Mountain.
See a slideshow of the weekend here.