Inaugural Tian Family Endowed Lecture Series for AMSR and AI
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi, Columbia U
WHATEVER STUDENTS CHOOSE TO PURSUE AS A CAREER, THEY NEED TO KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT AI, TO BE ‘AI FLUENT,’ AND BE AWARE OF ITS SOCIETAL IMPACTS. AFTER ALL, AI IS PRESENT IN MANY ASPECTS OF THEIR LIVES AND WILL BE EVEN MORE PRESENT IN THEIR FUTURES. -DR. SALLEB-AOUISSI
What did you do this summer?
AMSR Student Aimi Sekiguchi shares more about her research experience in Tokyo.
This summer, I worked with an immunology lab in Tokyo, Japan. During my two months there, I experimented with mice cells and E.coli bacteria to explore the molecular biology of how cells recognize danger. I was thrilled when we found a DNA sequence that is required for the defense mechanism to function.
Aimi learned cell-culture, transfection, fluorescence microscopy, and FACS analysis this summer.
Aside from my research, from shadowing graduate students to attending intense progress reports and seminars, every experience at the lab was a new, surprising, and enriching experience. I thank my mentor and the members of the lab that accepted and supported me throughout.
Aimi's favorite technique was FACS analysis. The image in the background shows some of Aimi's results. Each blue dot represents a single cell tagged with fluorescent markers. FACS allows one to sort populations of cells from one another.
The Berkshire School Endowment for AMSR and AI
Thanks to the generosity of Berkshire families, alumni, and friends, the Berkshire School Endowment for AMSR and AI was established in 2018 to endow AMSR and bring AI (Artificial Intelligence) to Berkshire.
The endowment, which supports AMSR/AI faculty chairs, curriculum, an external speaker network, and student recognition, kicked off with the Tian Family Endowed Lecture Series during Pro Vita of 2019. The endowment has been instrumental in bringing CS + AI to the curriculum in 2019-2020.
Beatrice Mendez Kennedy joined Berkshire School in the Fall of 2019 to instruct Computer Science and Spanish. Beatrice joins Berkshire from Springfield Commonwealth Academy in Springfield, MA. where she served as IT Director and Instructor. Prior to this role, Beatrice taught computer technology and ESOL in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A graduate of Consudec in Buenos Aires, Beatriz completed her B.A. in Computer Technology teaching, and she holds a Level B2 certificate in both English and French instruction. At Berkshire, Beatrice is leading the Computer Science initiative and will collaborating across departments on STEAM programming in our afternoon programming this winter. Beatrice is excited to help students solve real-world problems with CS and AI.
AMSR Featured Alumnae: Ayse Elif Kesaf ’14
A 2-year member of the AMSR program, Elif worked to isolate and characterize a novel bacterial virus that killed the bacteria known to cause Legionaries disease. Her work in AMSR affirmed her passion for science and allowed her to be one step ahead of her classmates at UCLA. She is now in her first year of medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
Created with an image by geralt - "artificial intelligence brain think"