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!
The eDome is Berkshire's online student magazine and features talent that varies from written and aural expression, to visual and performing art, to dance and songwriting. The editors are Theo Friedman '11 (Visual Arts), Allie Blanchard '11 (Performing Arts), Caroline Wood '12 (Design) and Viola Clark-El '11 (Writing). Virginia Watkins is the faculty advisor.
Here is a brief introduction from this issue of the eDome:
Berkshire School's eDome is in its third year of distribution. Originally designed to be a platform for the performing arts, as well as the visual and written, it has become much more than that. Over the past two years, the eDome has spotlighted dancers, actors, poets, musicians, songwriters, and fiction writers from our student body; it has provided a showcase for visual artists focusing on ceramics, print work, digital or studio art. The eDome gives us all a chance to see what's happening in arts of all kinds on campus. Check it out and you might be surprised - your roommate might have designed the cover; your best friend could be a featured musician; your advisee might have written your favorite poem or short story.
To learn more about the eDome and to view past issues, click here.