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: CRASH-B
Posted 02/19/2014 07:22PM
This past Saturday, a select group of Berkshire athletes traveled to Boston to compete in a world championship. The athletes were four Berkshire rowers and one coach, and the event was the CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Championship.  This was the 28th annual running of the event, held currently at Boston University's Agganis Arena.  Each participant raced 2,000 meters on a Concept2 Model D Ergometer, the standard for evaluation of all rowers everywhere.  
Boys' coach David Olson, rowing in the Open Lightweight category, rowed a smart, controlled race, finishing with an impressive time of 6:45, only three seconds off his PR.  Will MacClarence, '16, who came to the Berkshire program with some solid rowing genes thanks to mom Meg, who coxed at Trinity College, rowed in the junior lightweight event, and finished strong despite not having spent much time on the erg this winter.
John Leasure, '15, competed in the junior men's event, recording a 6:43, a PR by three seconds.  His first question after the race: "Can we stop at Chipotle on the way home?"
On the girls' side, Renee Dreher, '15, earned a solid first 2k time, and the respect of her teammates despite having spent her winter scoring goals for varsity hockey rather than spinning the erg.  Finally, Arwen Neski, '15, tore through an amazing piece, recording a 7:24.3, good for 23rd place in the junior women's category (out of 239 competitors), and guaranteeing that Division I coaches will continue to respond to her emails promptly.
Thanks to the four students for taking the day on Sunday to represent Berkshire, and thanks to Sophie Perekslis, '14 for coming along to lend support.  Despite the snow, winter's almost gone and the trailer leaves for Tampa in 23 days!  Row Bears!
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