AMSR Spring Newsletter March 2018

Update from the Advanced Math/Science Research Program at Berkshire School

"Although we are a few weeks away from seeing spring flowers, we are looking forward to a terrific spring term at Berkshire School. As you will see, it has been a great year for AMSR students. Please enjoy the newsletter and definitely reach out if you have questions. " ~Dr. Burch

Charlie Millard ('18) was named a Regeneron STS Top Scholar!
Charlie Millard ('18) was selected as a 2018 Regeneron Top Scholar in January!!! Charlie's research paper focused on the mechanism of action for Ulipristal Acetate a prescription medication used to treat uterine fibroids. His research was conducted at Yale University as part of the Discovery to Cure Summer Research Program. Charlie is one of 300 students in the country to receive this accolade. Congratulations, Charlie!
Winter AMSR Team finds success in the afternoons....

Winter AMSR Team

The All-Girl, All-Star Winter AMSR team was successful in isolating expanded host-range mutants for the Microvirus, Alpha3. These mutants were selected with a new type of genetic analysis designed by Dr. Bentley Fane. The mutant viruses have been sent to Dr. Fane at the University of Arizona for further characterization.

So many plaques :)

Plaques are formed during virus infection. Each plaque is the result of a single infection and the number of plaques on a petri dish can be used to calculate a frequency of expanded host range. In this image, plaques from ten mutants are shown.

Photo credit: Aimi Sekiguchi ('20)

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Winter AMSR Team gear

Swag for the budding young scientists :-)

SpaceX sparks the imagination with the Falcon Heavy Launch.....
Falcon Heavy Launch Party in the AMSR lab! Several students and faculty gathered to watch and geek out on the historic SpaceX launch of the Falcon Heavy module. What an amazing experience!
AMSR Student success in the Early Application process...
E. Cooper Tuckerman ('18) had a BIG year! His AMSR work was published in the top Virology journal and he was accepted Early Decision to Dartmouth. Congratulations Cooper!!! Go Bears!
We hope to see you on campus this Spring!

Please contact Dr. Burch if you have questions about the Advanced Math/Science Research program at aburch@berkshireschool.org

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