WEEK 2 (first self assessment)
- A concise overview of things learned:
Technical Area: I learned how to code in R and refreshed my coding skills in Python (especially on using Pandas data frame). I also learned the main steps in performing a DNA microarray and how to interpret certain figures and graphs from the research paper that we are working with.
Tools: I learned how to look for data in the Gene Ontology Resource, as well as what the KEGG database is. I learned a little bit about the Asana project management tool, by watching the webinar on youtube.
Soft Skills: I learned how to use the StemAway platform better (like how to make a post, watch categories, send private messages and so on). I was already comfortable with using Slack as I used it for classes before. I improved my communication skills and became more comfortable with asking questions in webinars and other meetings. Being in breakout rooms during the technical webinar made me discuss the paper with people I’ve never met before, which improved my team work skills.
- Achievement highlights:
Finished the R and Python exercises successfully, which helped me gain experience with R studio.
Discussed with the team the first four figures in the main paper, and analyzed alone the remaining three figures.
I sent the first message to my group of three people for this week’s tasks.
- List of meetings/trainings attended:
6/1 Technical Training Webinar, 6/1 Team 4 first meeting, 6/2 R training Workshop, 6/3 Technical training Webinar, 6/5 R Training Workshop 2, 6/5 Team 4 Week 1 Happy Hour, 6/8 Team4/The Gene Team Meeting, 6/9 Python Training Session 2(Beg), 6/10 Logistical Webinar, 6/10 Technical Training Webinar, 6/11 Gene Team Meeting, 6/12 Welcome Session by Debaleena, 6/12 The Gene Team Happy Hour, 6/15 Gene Team meeting
- Goals for the upcoming week:
To better understand the data that we will be working with, as well as all the figures in the paper. To improve my Python skills (regarding object-oriented programming and using different databases). To complete all the tasks with my group by the specified deadlines.
- Detailed Statement of Tasks done:
This was my first time coding in R and I had some trouble because as I was writing the code in the R script, I could not save it as a R file. However, one of my team leads, Annie, helped me fix the problem. Also, the technical webinars answered a lot of my questions about the paper, which was really helpful.
- Change of role:
I would like to request to move from Observer to Participant.