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!

What We're Doing: Writing Op-Ed Pieces
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Read Will's article here.

Read his summary here:

I wrote this article because I wanted students and young adults to understand the complexity of today’s job market.  As students, we often talk about sports, SATs, and academic results—we don’t talk about jobs because it seems like something far in the future. This article is also part of a bigger project that I am working on—you can find out more on

I sent my op-ed to the Berkshire Eagle because it’s our local newspaper. And I needed to start small before I can work my way up bigger publications. I am very glad that the Berkshire Eagle decided to publish my article.

I’ve also written on religion and atheism and my article has been published by the Freethinker, a British journal founded in 1881. 

Although I don’t see myself as a journalist or an op-ed writer, I do see myself writing and submitting more op-eds in the future. Op-eds are meant to express the writer’s perspective on a certain topic or issue of public interest in less than 800 words. The beauty of the op-ed is that you could be a lawyer, an engineer, a doctor or an economist and write an effective op-ed. 

I currently serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the Green and Gray newspaper.

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