miRcore Volunteer Communication

Update 3/10/2021

Dear miRcorers,

I am excited about the UM GIDAS Invited Speaker Series talk this Saturday noon-1 pm. Dr. Koschmann (MD/PhD, Assistant Professor) is a research doctor taking care of children with brain cancer at the University of Michigan CS Mott Children’s Hospital.

All miRcorers (students and parents) and GIDAS members are invited to the talk. Please check your email for an RSVP link.

Our main meeting will be at 2-4 pm, as usual, with the heatmap session 30 min before the main meeting.
Please respond to the meeting projection form emailed to you before Friday midnight EST.

Upcoming events

Genes in Space Contest participation
Every year, MVP groups participate in the Genes in Space contest. Groups will have time to work on the project during the March 20 and April 3 meetings.\

2nd Annual Biology Workshop for middle schoolers: April 10th, 2-5 pm (EST)
MVP committees are working together to prepare for this workshop to raise donations for microgrants. DNA sequences in cancer projects will be guided.

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 RNA
        • MVP DNA
        • 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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