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!
Amid sunny skies and summer breezes, the Mountain dazzled as a picturesque backdrop for the classes of 1944C to 2009 in celebrating 70 years of Berkshire history and camaraderie as we welcomed over 350 alumni, former faculty, faculty, family and friends back to Berkshire for Reunion Weekend 2014, June 6-8.
Friday night kicked off the weekend with a "Taste of the Berkshires" dinner and a musical performance by Abby's Agenda, featuring Jim Sheldon-Dean '69. Saturday morning started with a pancake breakfast, featuring Berkshire’s own maple syrup, and was followed by a full slate of activities for the day, including: the C. Twiggs Myers Hon. '57 Fun Run/Walk, guided hikes, campus tour, remarks from Head of School Pieter Mulder, Pro Vita and Master Classes, golf tournament, Birds of Prey demonstration, magic show by Michael Gutenplan '99, and the movie Berkshire Remembers, "A Tale to Tell," by C. Twiggs Myers Hon. '57.
The evening continued with class cocktails, dinner and alumni awards where we recognized Volunteer of the Year Jeremy Miller '96 and our very first Distinguished Alumna of the Year, Rhonda Bentley-Lewis '86. The merriment continued well into the wee hours as alumni danced to The Audiostars and ended the evening with a bonfire. The weekend concluded on Sunday with brunch and many touching tributes during our Service of Remembrance, honoring alumni, past faculty and staff who’ve passed on.
Please click here to browse photos from Alumni Weekend 2014.
Save the date: Reunion Weekend 2015 is June 5-7 and we hope to welcome you back under the Mountain then!