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!
This year's Commencement speakers are Chip Perkins '73, parent of Sam '14 and Lucia '14, and Adelaide Bullock, daughter of Bebe '86 and Bill Bullock.
Read the announcement here:
Berkshire School is pleased to announce Gilman C. Chip Perkins ’73 as our 107th Commencement speaker for the Class of 2014. Mr. Perkins is the proud father of Lucia and Sam, both 2014 graduates. He has shown extraordinary commitment to the School as a member of the Advisory Board and is now serving on the Board of Trustees and acting as Strategic Planning Committee Chair. Mr. Perkins is the Founder and Managing Member of Perkins Fund Marketing, LLC.
Adelaide - Addie - Bullock is this year's recipient of the Weil Prize, chosen by her classmates to speak at Commencement. A four-year senior, she spent the first semester of this year in South Africa with the African Leadership Academy. She's been very active in Model U.N. and Global Initiatives and is forming an NGO with classmate, Tanner Tomasi, dedicated to finding and placing African students at secondary schools across the United States. She will attend Colby College - alma mater of both parents - in the fall.
We all look forward to hearing from both of this year's speakers.