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!

Odyssey Night Exhumed
Posted 12/07/2010 01:00AM
After a multi-year hiatus, Odyssey Night resumed its storied place among the ranks of form-related performances. The students in all five English III sections, under the direction of their wily instructors (Bogardus, McKeegan and Kohlhepp), worked together to dramatize selected scenes from Homer's epic. The focus of the night was Books 9-12, in which Odysseus and his men escape from the cyclops, dally with Circe, descend into the House of Death, and navigate the treacherous waters between Scylla and Charybdis. Each scholar contributed to the overall execution of their class's scene, attending to matters of costuming, sets and props, and technical elements, and had a block of Homeric text to memorize and deliver in front of peers and instructors. Despite a bit of stage fright and the demands of their many academic and extracurricular obligations, these young players stepped boldly back into the Classical era and brought new life to the timeless words of this seminal work of literature.
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