Weekly Newsletter: Vol. 2 Issue 2

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 We thank Diwakar Pattabiraman’s group for providing the content for this week’s newsletter. Your own MSB lab can also volunteer to design an upcoming newsletter. Please e-mail Amy Potter for a date and have fun with your lab mates.


Tomorrow, Muslims around the world will celebrate the beginning of Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, which is considered a special month. It is a period for spiritual reflection and Muslims are encouraged to increase acts of good deeds, often donating money to charity, feeding the hungry, and giving back to their communities. For 30 days, Muslims fast and abstain from food and water from dawn to dusk and usually break their daily fasts by eating dates, which are sweet and nutritious, and provide an instant glucose boost. So, greet your Muslim friends this month with “Ramadan Kareem” (have a generous Ramadan), and offer them a date at sunset. Ramadan Kareem!
- Aisha Mohamed (PhD student)







Congratulations to Mike Cole, recipient a Dartmouth Innovations Accelerator for Cancer (DIAC), funding award.


What To Watch


Koran by Heart (2011)
A global contest reading of the Quran by young Muslim children that takes place in Cairo, Egypt annually during Ramadan. A coming of age story about Muslim kids in modern times.
Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2015)
A thousand years ago, one boy with a dream of becoming a great warrior is abducted with his sister and taken to a land far away from home. Thrown into a world where greed and injustice rule all, Bilal finds the courage to raise his voice and make a change. Inspired by true events, this is a story of a real hero who earned his remembrance in time and history.
Little Mosque on The Prairie(Season 1 Episode 1)
An unabashedly comedic look at a small Muslim community living side by side with the residents of a little prairie town. At its heart, Little Mosque on the Prairie is a humorous look at relationships, family, love, the generation gap and balancing Muslim beliefs and traditions in a prairie setting.

What To Read

Meet Yasmin!
Yasmin Ahmad is a spirited second-grader who's always on the lookout for those "aha" moments to help her solve life's little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation, assuming her imagination doesn't get too big, of course! A creative thinker and curious explorer, Yasmin and her multi-generational Pakistani American family will delight and inspire readers.
The Fasting 5K: No Food, No Water, No Problem For Muslim Runners
Runners form a human bridge at the finish line to cheer fellow racers. Participants completed a 3-mile loop around the National Mall — without food or water since sunrise.

What To Listen To

Ramadan by Maher Zain
English Version
Ramadan by Maher Zain
Arabic Version
Ramadan by Maher Zain
Malay Version
This week on Sawbones, Justin and Sydnee finally kick the eating habit as they explore the often-disturbing history of fasting.


Stuffed Dates with Almond Paste Filling,
From the kitchen of Meisam Bagheri

Stuffed dates are traditionally served during Ramadan and special occasions.
Orange flower water and cinnamon are used to flavor the almond paste filling. If you prefer, you can replace the orange flower water with lemon zest. Garnish the stuffed dates as desired with granulated sugar, walnut pieces or even a little shredded coconut.

·        1 pound/500 grams dates

·        1 heaping cup/150 grams of almonds

·        1/4 cup/60 grams sugar

·        1 1/2 tablespoons orange flower water

·        1 tablespoon butter (melted)

·        1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

·        Optional:

·        a few drops food color

·        Garnish: granulated sugar

·        Garnish: walnut pieces

·        1 tablespoon olive oil


1.     Gather the ingredients.

2.     Blanch and peel the almonds.

3.     Bring some water to a boil in a small pot.

4.     Add the almonds and leave to boil for one or two minutes.

5.     Remove the almonds from the heat and drain.

6.     While the almonds are still warm, remove the skin by pinching individual almonds between your forefinger and thumb.

7.     Leave the skinned almonds to cool.

8.     Make the almond paste.

9.     Process the almonds, sugar, and cinnamon in a food processor until the almonds are a powdery mixture that is moist enough to pack.

10. Add the butter and orange flower water and continue processing until a smooth paste forms around the blade.

11. Remove the paste from the processor and if desired, divide and color the paste by kneading a drop or two of food color into each portion.

12. Stuff the dates.

13. Roll small cylinders of almond paste the same length as your dates, but only about 1/3 the diameter.

14. Take a date, make a vertical cut deep enough to remove the pit, but not so deep as to cut the date in half.

15. Discard the pit, insert a cylinder of almond paste, and press the sides of the date firmly around the paste, while leaving a portion of paste exposed.

16. Repeat with the remaining dates and almond paste.

Prep:45 mins
Servings:10 to 15 servings


  I have received a COVID vaccine. Do I need to continue testing?

Yes. Vaccinated individuals are required to continue ongoing testing as directed by Occupational Medicine. Experts are still working to learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide, and everyone who receives a vaccine should maintain precautions such as wearing a face covering, physical distancing, handwashing, and avoiding travel and gatherings.

COVID Testing: Are you a Lone Pine or a Big Green?

The college updated the COVID testing frequency for employees working on-site as of January 2021. Each employee is now categorized as either Lone Pine or Big Green testers, each with their own testing frequency.

If you work on-site, or will begin working on-site this year, please review the Employee COVID-19 Resources pagehttps://www.dartmouth.edu/hrs/covid/index.html to learn the details.


How and where to get COVID-19 vaccine in New Hampshire

All Granite Staters age 16 and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination next week!
How and where to get COVID-19 vaccine in Vermont
Students call Dick's House, at 603-646-9400.

Faculty and staff call Axiom Medical at 877-502-9466 or primary care provider.

Do not visit Dick's House or your primary care provider without calling first.
Health screening guidelines.

Website Links for your Reference:
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COVID Testing FAQs:  https://www.dartmouth.edu/hrs/covid/index.html
Employee Testing Policy:  https://www.dartmouth.edu/hrs/pdfs/eetestingcovid.pdf

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