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: Scholar Athletes
Posted 02/13/2014 08:44AM

Mr. MacKenzie has created his annual Thirds Hockey Haiku and was kind enough to share it with us here:

Thirds Hockey 3rd Annual Haiku update
Long winter weekend
Cancellations for snow
No games for 10 days 
Salisbury beckons
Flood Center big rink awaits
Snowstorm coming soon
Contest opens fast
Riegel scores in first minute
Victory in store?
Knights' screen shot ties it
Coach B says to stretch the ice
Smitty looks for pass
Forces of nature
Seem to thwart our every chance
Jay misses short shot
Knights soon score four goals
Bears still in hibernation?
5-1 end of two
Final frame comeback?
Hosts score again; end is near
Smith scores on rebound
Final score 6-2
At least it's a short ride home
Season almost done
Westy this weekend
Rematch of season's first game
Chance for redemption
Winter storm looms
Some say eighteen inches plus
Snow hides wounded pride
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