Weekly Newsletter: Vol. 2 Issue 4

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Last Thursday was Earth Day and this coming Friday is National Arbor Day, both important dates to reflect on the planet and the responsibility we share to preserve and protect our environment. If you can, plant a tree this week or just admire some. Standing strong and magnificent - no matter the season or unexpected weather.






Monday 4 pm
Zoom Link  Meeting ID 91495325406  Passcode 144795

4/26  Tiankang Xie (Chang lab), Hao Geng (Schultz),
         Shiwei Xu (Ackerman)


Congratulations to
Dr. Faith Anderson from Matt Havrda’s group on her successful thesis defense!“Characterizing cellular mechanisms impacting the progression of neurodegenerative disease”
6 Ways to Celebrate Arbor Day in a Time of Social Distancing

National Arbor Day is April 30, 2021. No matter how you plan to celebrate this year, we are excited to share this day with you — a day dedicated to trees!

to one of New Hampshire's treasures. We exist under authority of RSA 227-H:2 to raise and sell seedlings to "…persons who desire to plant them". Our goal is to provide customers with the highest quality, bare-root seedlings for forestry, conservation and education purposes at attractive prices. We believe we have achieved that goal.


What To Watch

One of the most amazing stories in the natural world -- a tale of intrigue and drama, set against grand Africa and its wildlife.

What To Read

Warm weather often spurs us to get outside and visit New Hampshire’s forests–and spring is also a good time to practice your tree identification skills!

"People see better what looks like them,” observes the field biologist Patricia Westerford, one of the nine—nine—main characters of Richard Powers’s 12th novel, The Overstory. And trees, Patricia discovers, look like people. They are social creatures, caring for one another, communicating, learning, trading goods and services; despite lacking a brain, trees are “aware.” After borers attack a sugar maple, it emits insecticides that warn its neighbors, which respond by intensifying their own defenses. When the roots of two Douglas firs meet underground, they fuse, joining vascular systems; if one tree gets ill, the other cares for it. The chopping down of a tree causes those surrounding it to weaken, as if in mourning.

Nathaniel Rich, The Atlantic.

What To Listen To

The Pine Tree · Johnny Cash · June Carter Cash
English Trees- Crowded House


Conifer Needle Shortbread Cookies



  • 14 Tbsp (2 sticks minus 2 Tbsp) unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest a microplane is the best tool for this, hands down!
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup conifer needles any edible conifer needles such as pine, spruce, fir, hemlock, or redwood needles will work
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • pinch salt


1.      Finely mince the conifer needles. It may be easiest to pulse them a few times in a food processor or blender.

2.      Cream together the butter and sugar, then add the egg yolk, orange juice and orange zest, and stir to combine. Then add the flour, arrowroot, minced conifer needles, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.

3.      Gently stir everything together until the dough barely holds together. It will seem a bit floury, but that’s ok. Take the dough out of the bowl and use your hands to form it into a flat disk.

4.      Wrap it up in parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until firm. You can store the dough for several days in the fridge, or for several weeks in the freezer if need be.

5.      When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 300°F.

6.      Roll out the dough onto a floured board to about 1/4 inch thick, and use cookie cutters to cut into desired shapes. You can alternatively shape the dough into a log before refrigerating it, and then slice the cookies into rounds.

7.      Put the cut cookies onto a parchment (or silicone mat) lined cookie sheet about an inch or so apart. If you want to get fancy and have a pretty garnish on your cookies, gently press a redwood (or other conifers) tip into the top of the cookie.

8.      Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until just beginning to turn golden brown on the edges. The centers will still be just barely soft. These were done right at 25 minutes, so keep a close watch on them after that. Remove from the oven and let them cool for a bit on the cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.

For more information on identifying conifer trees.



Employee COVID-19 Vaccine & Testing FAQs

Where can employees get a COVID-19 Vaccine? 

Each state has developed its own process and criteria for providing COVID-19 vaccine to its residents, which determines priorities for vaccination and the distribution of vaccines.

I entered my vaccine information on the website. What now? 

Faculty and staff who have (1) submitted the required information online and (2) are fully vaccinated will receive an email with the subject line "Confirming Reduced COVID Testing" from "iBot Agent 12c PROD - IRA-Tech@dartmouth.edu" telling them that they have been approved for less-frequent testing. Please allow up to 3 - 5 business days for this email confirmation after the two conditions noted above are met.

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:
Schedule your COVID test: https://health-clinics.dartmouth.edu/
Dartmouth COVID information: https://covid.dartmouth.edu/
COVID Testing FAQs:  https://www.dartmouth.edu/hrs/covid/index.html
Employee Testing Policy:  https://www.dartmouth.edu/hrs/pdfs/eetestingcovid.pdf

To voluntarily submit your completed vaccination information to Axiom Medical and provide consent to Dartmouth's limited use of this information please complete the following form: http://dartgo.org/vax

Employees who do not have access to a computer or mobile device with a camera or scan function may make an in-person 5 minute appointment with Human Resources to obtain assistance in completing the online form. An appointment may be scheduled using this link: http://dartgo.org/i95 or you can call HR at 603-646-3411.

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