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 Alum's Film, Among Ravens, to Hit Theaters Next Month
Posted 06/25/2014 10:07AM

Filmmaker Russell Friedenberg ’87 is getting ready for next month’s release of Among Ravens, an independent film featuring and directed by the Berkshire alum.

The film opens in theaters in Boston, New York City, and more than a dozen other major markets on July 18 (Apple Cinemas in Cambridge, Mass. and Village East in New York City).

Among Ravens takes place in Idaho and stars Amy Smart, Will McCormack, Joshua Leonard and Johnny Sequoyah, Friedenberg’s 10-year-old daughter who recently starred in the NBC supernatural drama Believe. The film was inspired by real events and follows the intertwined lives of a group of friends and family as seen through the eyes of a 10-year-old girl named Joey (Sequoyah). 

Watch: Among Ravens Trailer 

Prior to his latest film, Friedenberg has worked as a screenwriter, actor, producer and director. His credits include 2013's Wind Walkers and 2005's Trudell, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005. He also produced Out of the Blue: A Film About Life and Football for ESPN.

More: Russell Friedenberg on IMDB

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