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!
Read the text of Mr. Mulder's introductions here:
It is my great pleasure this morning to announce this year’s two Kellogg Grant winners from among our faculty and staff. This is the 30th year in which Berkshire has awarded the Kellogg Grants. These were established by Elizabeth Kellogg in memory of her husband, James C. Kellogg, III, who loved Berkshire School as a student, as an alumnus, as a parent and grandparent, as a member of the Board of Trustees, and finally, as Chairman of our Board.
Each year the Kellogg Grants are awarded to recognize and honor two people who have contributed to our school community in a special way by virtue of their tenure and their commitment. Mrs. Kellogg’s hope was that grant money would be spent on a well-earned vacation away from Berkshire and enjoyed by the recipient and any family involved.
This year’s first recipient has worked at Berkshire since 2001 as a member of our maintenance staff and as someone whose pride in his work is evident to everyone with whom he interacts. He is described as being deeply committed to his work, extremely reliable, and as someone who takes a genuine interest in all members of our community. Since joining the staff, he has asked to do more each year, taking on new responsibilities to check generators and to help to facilitate setups for the many special school events that occur throughout the year. All of this is work behind the scenes that we rarely see, but it is work that is essential and which contributes directly to the overall success of Berkshire.
The snowstorms of the last few weeks have had him out early, in the dark AM hours before most of the campus awakes, plowing and shoveling the roads, paths, and steps of campus so that all of us can carry on as a school. He does this always with a hearty wave and a great smile…and his professionalism and his positive attitude towards his work add so much to our community. We’re really lucky to have him with us. This year’s first Kellogg Grant is awarded to Mike Streeter.
Our second recipient has served Berkshire in a host of roles over the past ten years: as a dedicated and inspiring classroom teacher, as a demanding and highly successful coach, as a tremendous advisor and trusted role model and mentor for students, faculty, and staff alike, and as a leader within our admissions office whom many of our current students and our recent alums would say is the reason that they chose Berkshire. In short, she is the consummate school person, serving Berkshire powerfully and contributing directly to every facet of the school’s success over the last decade.
Perhaps her greatest strength is her unwavering commitment to keeping the students’ experience and their well-being at the forefront of our thinking as a school. She makes decisions with this insight and perspective…while complementing her wisdom and talent with a wit and positive outlook that brightens every encounter. She combines a seemingly endless enthusiasm with grace, a keen intellect, a sense of humor, and an impressive wealth of experience in schools…making it a pleasure for one and all to work with her.
While she often eagerly dodges the spotlight, everyone here knows she is hugely deserving of it. Our second Kellogg Grant is awarded to Jean Maher.