Weekly Newsletter: Vol. 2 Issue 6

Let's stay connected...


Tick-tock, tick-tock, it’s tick time in the Upper Valley! As several MSB members recently found out, it is not fun to pluck a blood-sucking, parasitic, little demon from a delicate body part. But if you discover one, do your bit for citizen science by checking out New Hampshire’s very own BEBOP labs. Send them the tick and check out their data and tick maps. Better yet, take precautions so you don’t find any in unwanted locations!






Monday 4 pm
Zoom Link  Meeting ID 986 9408 6182   Passcode 499268
5/10 Damien Lekkas (Jacobson lab), Matthew Nemesure (Jacobson lab),
        Shuai Jiang (Hassanpour)



Congratulations to Dr. Meghan Muse from Brock Christensen and Diane Gilbert-Diamond labs on her successful thesis defense!

"Cellular composition-independent approaches to identifying early alterations to DNA methylation in carcinogenesis ”

We hope you can come by!

Guarini Special Event MAY 13

We will be hosting a special Tuesdays Together event for the Guarini community on May 11 on the lawn outside Anonymous Hall. This week’s treat will be kettle corn and cotton candy from Macs Maple and we will also be dropping Guarini swag!

See you there, masked and distant, between 1pm and 2pm.






What To Watch



A group of troubled teenagers is led by social workers on a California wilderness retreat, not knowing that the woods they are camping in have become infested by mutated, blood-sucking ticks. (1993)
In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an accountant with no superpowers comes to realize his city is owned by a supervillain. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. (2016–2019)

What To Read

Biology and Management of Ticks in New Hampshire

There are two families of ticks, the Ixodidae (hard ticks) and Argasidae (soft ticks). Those of importance to hikers, campers, and pet owners are in the family Ixodidae. Therefore, this publication covers species of that group. Several species are important because they bite people and/or pets.

When To See A Doctor for Tick Bite

If you develop flu-like symptoms days or weeks after being bitten by a tick or notice that the skin surrounding a tick bite is becoming more swollen with enlarging areas of redness, it is time to visit a doctor for evaluation and possible treatment for Lyme disease.

What To Listen To
Brad Paisley - Ticks


Calling all kids! You can become a New Hampshire Tick Detective.

The NH Tick Detective Workbook for Kids is full of education and activities for kids grades 1st – 4th. Kids can learn how to identify and protect themselves from tick encounters.


Tick Repellent — Natural, Homemade, Safe
Natural Kitchen Cooking School


  • ⅓ cup of distilled water
  • ¼ cup of witch hazel
  • 30 drops of your preferred essential oil (tick-repelling essential oils: lemongrass, peppermint, geranium, and cedar-wood)


  • Take a glass jar (label it so that it’s not used for food or drinks) and add ⅓ cup of distilled water. Next, add ¼ cup of witch hazel.
  • Add 30 drops of your preferred essential oil (if you’re using two, add 15 drops of each essential oil, and ten drops of each oil if you’re using three).
  • Screw on the lid tightly and shake the jar vigorously. Transfer the contents of the jar to a spray bottle, and you’re good to go!
  • Repellent spray tip: The key to adequate protection is to reapply frequently. As soon as the scent wears off from the spray so has the effectiveness, so it’s important to keep reapplying. Every one to two hours is recommended.
  • Note: You can tweak this recipe to fit your own bug-repelling needs.




New Research Ramp-In Phase 3 – Effective Monday May 10

Physical distancing: Effective May 10, we will be relaxing our physical distancing requirements within research laboratories. In these spaces, individuals should coordinate to ensure they can maintain at least 3-foot spacing to others working in the lab, consistent with our growing understanding of risk factors in disease transmission. Everyone should strive to be as far as reasonably achievable (AFARA), up to the current 6-foot distancing. For example, if only two people are working in a 4-bay laboratory, they should not be working in the same bay, unless they can maintain a full 6 feet of spacing. Labs should also adjust schedules and workflows to minimize the amount of time that multiple individuals need to spend together in confined spaces (e.g., equipment or microscopy rooms). Each individual working on campus in a laboratory should continue to document when they are present and where they have worked.

Building opening hours: Starting May 10, there will no longer be any restrictions on building opening hours in research buildings. Dartmouth will then begin transitioning to follow updated CDC guidance with respect to the cleaning of high-touch surfaces, which acknowledge the limited role played by surface transmission of SARS-CoV-2. High-touch surfaces will be disinfected at least daily, consistent with those new guidelines. Within labs, as we return to unrestricted hours of operation, please ensure that lab members are safe, including implementation of in-person or electronic buddy systems, as appropriate.

Laboratory disinfection requirements: Similarly, starting May 10, laboratories may update their individual hygiene policies with respect to the disinfection of shared equipment and work surfaces. These areas should be disinfected daily (e.g., at the start of each day by the first user), but no longer require disinfection on a two-hour cycle. This change supersedes the requirement for two-hour cleaning cycles that was outlined in the Phase 1 Laboratory Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines.

Employee COVID-19 Vaccine & Testing FAQs

Where can employees get a COVID-19 Vaccine? 

Each state has developed their own process and criteria for providing COVID-19 vaccine to their 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.


Coronavirus Information

S T A Y   I N F O R M E D