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Derek Lowe The 2002 Model

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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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March 20, 2013

Off Topic: Happy New Year, In March

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Posted by Derek

For those of my readers who are celebrating it, eid-e shoma mubarak! That's "Happy New Year" for Iran, Afghanistan, and a number of nearby areas. It's a Zoroastrian-derived holiday, on the solar calendar, and thanks to my Iranian wife we celebrate it at home. I can fully endorse the emphasis on special holiday sweets (such as sohan, which I'd describe as a dark saffron-flavored almond brittle) and large quantities of other festive foods. We'll be having a traditional meal of spicy fried fish later on, which fits my Arkansan sensibilities just fine. So, happy new year!

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1. David Borhani on March 20, 2013 12:15 PM writes...

One of my all-time favorites, along with Baklava done the "right" way --- with rose water!

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2. Shabnam Yazdi on March 20, 2013 1:27 PM writes...

Thank you Derek! I've been reading your blog since my undergrad days and this was a pleasant surprise, much appreciated!

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3. Kyle on March 20, 2013 3:27 PM writes...

My wife is also Persian. Happy Nowruz! Are you having any special Polo dishes?

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4. gippgig on March 20, 2013 4:56 PM writes...

Speaking of Zoroastrians, according to Wikipedia Indian Zoroastrian Parsis "traditionally use vultures to dispose of human corpses in Towers of Silence, but are now compelled to seek alternative methods of disposal" since vultures are nearly extinct there, apparently killed by renal failure from diclofenac in carcasses of livestock that had been treated with the drug (so this isn't quite as off topic as you thought).

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