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 Tuesday, Mrs. Bogardus and Mrs. Anselmi took their CARRYING THE TORCH class to a curling facility in Norfolk, CT, where they got a chance to try it for themselves.
Mrs. Bogardus described the trip this way: Today we took our Pro Vita class to the Norfolk Curling Club in Norfolk, CT, where we had the chance to learn from Mary and Veronica - great instructors - who took us through the basic aspects of curling.
The students had a chance to learn to both "throw stones" and "sweep." It inspired me to want to learn more, so I hope to get a chance to bring my family to the Club, where they have free clinics on certain Saturdays during the season for kids over 6. Each one of our students left with a great appreciation for this popular Olympic sport.
See a slideshow of the curlers here:
This class, landing as it does on the heels of the winter games in Sochi, is a chance for students to learn a little about the history of the games, try their hands at a couple of events, and understand more about the ways that the sports involved are cultural links between nations.
Wednesday night, Jamie Hagerman Phinney, a member of the 96 US Womens Hockey Team, will speak to students and community members both live and via livestream at 8 PM. It's a presentation that's not to be missed!