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: Berkshire Skiers Among Best in Tristate
Posted 02/21/2014 08:18PM

Four members of the Berkshire Ski Team have been named to the USSA Tristate U21/U18 Team, including boys varsity skiers, Nate Mackenzie '14 and Bryce Schuler '15, who were chosen as the No. 1 and No. 2 skiers in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island in USSA competitions.

Julia Slyer '14 and George Frick '14 were also selected to the team, while Emily Barclay '15 was named an alternate. The skiers will compete in the USSA U21/U18 Eastern Finals at Gore Mountain (NY), Feb. 28 - March 2.  
Berkshire's Boys and Girls Varsity Ski Teams are coming off strong performances at the NEPSAC Class A Championships on Feb. 12 at Shawnee Peak in Maine, where the girls finished second overall and the boys finished third.
Click here for a full recap from Coach Borwick and check out a slideshow from the day here:

In addition, the Bears competed in and won the first leg of the Brigham Ski Leagues' Giant Slalom Championships held Feb. 17 at Ski Sundown (CT).
"Long ago, Coach Brigham defined a winning method in this league through a team concept that was characterized by team excellence, rather than personal glory. This year's Boys and Girls teams have exhibited the concept of "team", which in the end, truly defines their season and enjoyment of this sport," coach Borwick said.
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