miRcore Volunteer Communication

Update 5/11/2022

Dear miRcorers,

AP is almost over and IB is also half-way through.
I can’t wait to see you in-person this Saturday!
1) Conference abstract due: May 15th.
I hope this weekend, you can finalize your group abstract during the small group session, if you haven’t already.
c) Abstract submission: https://forms.gle/aJfKvhiD6NPym8Q9A (you can submit multiple abstracts):
d) About Me submission: https://forms.gle/1eA7TL5Gi5Y3hGjf8 (one About Me for each presenter
2) MVA @ UMICH Conference
Your MVA participation can qualify as the mandatory advocacy hour (MVA stands for miRcore vaccine advocacy)! Even if you already took training, come to listen to the invited speaker talk and refresh your skills! Also, we need level 2 MVA trainers, too!
Here is the email to MVAtes for your information.
Hi miRcore Vaccine Advocates!
I hope you are all doing well! I have an important announcement –and ask– for you all. 
The miRcore Vaccine Advocacy program (or MVA), is launching its first in-person training event, on Saturday, May 14th from 11 am to 2 pm, EST. We’ve worked very hard to put this plan into action at MVA, and would greatly appreciate your help in advertising it 🙂
First, here are some basic details about the event. The conference will take place at the DOW Engineering Building (2300 Hayward St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109), in Room 1013. We have invited a guest speaker, Dr. Abram Wagner to give a talk about his work on vaccine hesitancy. There is a $10 fee for each attendee, but there are options if this fee is . Here is the conference registration link. I’ve attached an agenda of the event below for your reference.

10:45-11:00 am EST

Arrival and sign-in at DOW Engineering Building (2300 Hayward St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109) Room 1013

11:00-12:00 am EST

Training session 1

12:00-1:00 pm EST

Dr. Abram Wagner’s talk, student panel, and catered lunch outside

1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

Training session 2

This event is coming up quite soon, so we’ll need as much help as we can get to advertise in order for our turnout to be optimal. I’ve attached a flyer to this email, so if you all could print these and distribute them around your schools that would be great! Additionally, there is a .png file that you can use to upload to whatever social media platforms you/your GIDAS club uses most frequently. If your school has an announcement system, please send them this message to broadcast.
Finally, here is the link to an email blurb that you can send directly to your teachers or school administrators to distribute. 
It’s vital that we advertise this event properly, as it will pave the way for future in-person training conferences hosted by MVA. Again, here is the link for conference registration.
*IMPORTANT NOTE* If your school is not in the Michigan area, you still can attend the event online! Sign up and a Zoom link will be emailed to you for the conference.
Please reach out with any further questions — and yes, if you’ve been trained, you can come again! 🙂 

3) In-person meeting at UM campus

Here is the map to the Dow room 1013 at North campus with the parking information. Please wear your mask when you are inside. 

4) Meeting projection form. Please respond by Friday midnight ET.

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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