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!

On to Gold-Medal Game!
Posted 02/16/2014 11:00AM
TEAM USA Schedule:

Sat.   Feb 8       Finland          W 3-1

Mon.  Feb 10     Switzerland   W 9-0

Wed.  Feb 12    Canada         L  2-3

Semifinal:
Mon. Feb 17      Sweden        W 6-1

Gold-Medal Game: USA vs. Canada
Thurs. Feb 20 at 12 pm

Keep up with Kacey and Kendall in Sochi on Twitter! Follow @KendallCoyne & @kbells22. And you can get all your Berkshire news @BerkshireSchool and our athletic updates @BerkshireBears.

Kacey Bellamy '05 and Kendall Coyne '11, members of the U.S. Women's Olympic team, helped Team USA defeat Sweden in their semifinal match-up. A dominant Team USA won the game handily by a score of 6-1. Coyne and Bellamy each notched a goal apiece and Coyne also added 2 assists. To read more about the win, click here.

Team USA will face rival Canada in the gold-medal game which takes place on Thursday, February 20 at 12 pm. Go Team USA! All of us at Berkshire are rooting for you. 
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