miRcore Volunteer Communication

Update 1/12/2022

Dear miRcorers,

What a fun way to start the 2022 MVP meeting last weekend! It was fun to see volunteers’ faces with videos on. It was nice to have a mindful session for a break.

1) Contest
Thanks for promoting the contest to your GIDAS members. I saw several GIDAS registered right away. Nice. It’s Feb 5th (Sat). Free event with potential to win some cash awards. 🙂 GIDAS awards are available, too. Plan to advertise your GIDAS at the contest.

2) Microgrant candidates.
We have Drs. Morrow and Spencer-Segal, both from University of Michigan, as contestants for this year’s microgrant recipient.
Both are excellent researchers working on mental disorders and I am excited.
There are some questions from the Fundraiser committee on the meeting projection form related to a fundraiser activity. Fundraiser committees, please plan to join this weekend’s meeting to facilitate it.

3) Office hour (from Education Committee chair, Diya Ramesh)
Please be sure to answer the office hour-related questions on the meeting projection form. If you plan to come to the office hours this week, please indicate this on the form, in order to allow us to have an accurate headcount. The office hours this week will be mostly tailored to R-related content, so if you are an experienced volunteer with adequate R familiarity, please volunteer to come help out at office hours (again, indicate this on the meeting form). We would really benefit from more volunteers. Thank you.

4) More MVA training
We are planning several MVA outreach including schools. Here is the next MVA conference registration form. The next conference is on the Jan 22nd, 11 am – 1 pm (45 min level 1, break, 45 min level 2).

You can select the level 2 training only option during the registration if you need it. We also suggest those who want to practice more even after getting an MVA certificate, feel free to join the level 2 training for more exercise.
Please advertise to your GIDAS members and friends.

5) KEGG pathway
It’s time to dig into the KEGG pathway. After I teach (review) signaling pathways, I will share with you a way to explore more on pathways even though you may not get enriched KEGG pathways from your String-db. I hope it will boost your research and paper writing process.

6) This weekend’s meeting projection form to get a meeting lnk by Friday midnight ET.
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Recognize your breathing now. 5 sec in, 3 sec pause, 7 sec out. Three times.
See you soon!

Inhan Lee, Ph.D.

Featured Speaker Talk

Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH talks to miRcore students about the role of genomics in modern medicine.

miRcore Volunteer Recommendations

How to Use Zoom, MVP GDrive, and Skribbl.io

How to use Zoom

Zoom is a free platform that offers video conferencing, screen sharing, and chatroom functionalities. You can seamlessly set up online meetings, send out invitations for people to join, and add meetings to your Microsoft Outlook/Google Calendar using Zoom. All miRcore volunteers are expected to have Zoom installed for use in group research meetings and committee meetings.

You can download the Zoom Desktop application (the “Zoom Client”) for Mac or PC here: here.

Instructions for setting up and using Zoom are available here.

The Zoom application is also available for mobile devices: Zoom at the App Store and Zoom on Google Play

How to Navigate the miRcore Volunteer Program’s Google Drive Folders

At the beginning of each volunteering season, miRcore volunteers receive access to several Google Drive folders containing resources for research, fundraising, and other miRcore activities. Depending on the folder, volunteers will have “View only” or “Editing” permission in each Drive folder.

Please see this presentation (courtesy of Rhea Cong, miRcore Volunteer Program Vice President, 2019-20) for details on how to navigate the Drive system and set up research folders for your research group: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1kPN7IqIh8NPYgdk8NSMoP75IeOhktjDonkzng510m-E/edit?usp=sharing

Google Drive Hierarchy (Folders and Subfolders)

• 2019-20 MVP Resources
• Useful files
• RNA division
• Practice Data
• Meeting Slides
• 2019-20 MVP Research
• MVP online
• MVP general
• Fundraisers
• miRcore Officers 2019-2020 (this folder is accessible only to miRcore Officers)

Skribbl.io Instructions

How to Join:

• Have one member go to skribbl.io
• Have that member click ‘Create Private Room’
• Change the settings to 8 rounds and 40 seconds per turn
• That group member will send the link (at the bottom) to the other people to join
Once everybody has clicked the link and is in the room, press start!

The goal of the game is to try to guess what other people are drawing. When it’s your turn to draw, try to make your drawing convey the word you are given so that other people will be able to guess. The person with the most points wins.

Today’s game should start and wrap up in about 10 mins.

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