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!

Where We're Going: Mr. MacKenzie's on the Road Down South
Posted 07/08/2014 10:48AM

Recently, I attended the annual Summer Institute of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS).  The Institute was held this year at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, a lovely campus in a very warm city.  
The three and a half day conference included presentations on Vanderbilt's admissions process, a report from the College Board on the upcoming revisions to the SAT, sessions on trends in the admissions business, as well as a trip to visit Sewanee: The University of the South.

On Tuesday and Wednesday I led two roundtable discussions, one on relations between college counseling and admissions offices and another on collecting and reporting data on applications, admissions, and matriculations.  Both sessions generated good conversation from a broad range of counselors and gave me some great ideas to bring back to the office for next year.  
Beyond the official sessions, the conference provided a great opportunity to catch up with friends in the business, and to talk to other independent school counselors about issues we all deal with in our work with students and families.  
We're already planning for next year's conference, scheduled for the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, WA.
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