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 Monday morning, Mrs Bullock and Mr. Gappa's Genealogy Class hosted a visiting expert, McKelden Smith, president of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. A graduate of Williams and Columbia, Mr. Smith brought a wealth of information to bear on the students' searches through their family trees!
Meanwhile, other students were learning to sing a capella with Ms. Maher and to prepare a gallery for an installation with Mr. B; they were asking the hard questions like why do people kill? and who am I? They were practicing yoga and playing games. And that's just the beginning.
It all started with A Capella Palooza on Sunday night, and Day One ends with Perk Perkins talking about adventure and comfort zones. Not a bad 24 hours. Check back tomorrow to see what Tuesday brings...
Watch highlights from A Capella Palooza here:
See an A Capella Palooza slideshow here:
See a slideshow from Monday here:
Watch for highlights from Perk Perkins' visit on the Home Page Tuesday morning!