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!
Berkshire officially opened our new Fine Arts Center on May 9, 2014 with a celebratory reception and opening in The Gallery featuring alumni artwork from renowned artists, Kristin Baker and Pedro S. de Movellán.
"We have returned the arts program to Berkshire Hall, the intellectual and academic center of the school," said Art Department Chair Paul Banevicius. "It will serve as a daily reminder that the arts are a vital part of every student’s experience."
See more on The Gallery here.
This two-story building provides state-of-the-art classrooms for Berkshire’s extensive visual arts program, including: expansive new Studio Art and Ceramics classrooms; a new classroom for Digital Art, Digital Photography and Digital Music; a digital printing lab; a Sculpture Studio; a department office and other support facilities; and a spacious and bright Art Gallery. In keeping with the School’s commitment to sustainability, a number of green initiatives were put in place, including lighting controls, a Building Management System for heating and cooling, installation of double-pane windows, and insulated exterior walls. The use of recycled material Richlite (a dense material made from partially recycled paper and phenolic resin) was used for the wainscotting in classroom labs.
See more on the Fine Arts Center here.
With Berkshire’s commitment to artistic excellence, The Gallery’s exhibits will reflect a wide range of artwork representing all fields of study offered at Berkshire. Annual exhibits will showcase artwork from students, alumni and members of the community. Berkshire is honored to receive a collection of work from artists, Baker and de Movellán, to exhibit at The Gallery from May 9 to June 8, 2014. The Gallery hours will be Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or by appointment. Please contact Paul Banevicius at 413-229-1265.
If you can't come to campus, check out this slideshow from the opening:
Read bios of the exhibit's artists here: