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CIT's Spring Training — A Mouse Click Away

The CIT Training Program is putting the finishing touches on a spring schedule that offers many new opportunities. The program has discontinued publishing the CIT paper catalog and is now promoting its interactive web-based system that not only lists all classes and schedules, but also enables the user to sign up for classes. Savings in printing costs have already enabled purchase of new classroom projectors.

Particularly exciting is the addition of an introductory class on the SPSS statistical package. For scientists, Dr. Susan Chacko will be giving a new introductory seminar on molecular graphics. Also Drs. Benes Trus and Matthew McAuliffe are offering a 6-session introduction to image processing. This series, which is given each spring, introduces scientists and researchers to some of the most common image processing tools currently available and used at NIH.

CIT has expanded its networking classes to include courses on "Firewalls" and "TCP/IP", presented by Joseph Januszewski. For those who want to learn about using video in conferencing and presentations, "Video Services at NIH" should be of interest. Of course, many previous courses such as "Introduction to Networks," "Hubs, Switches, and Routers," and the "Network Sniffer Workshop" will be reprised.

Microsoft has once again offered faculty to present its popular "Getting to Know Office 2000" and "Microsoft Visio 2000 Overview." CIT is also making arrangements to offer several new presentations including "Office 2001 for the Macintosh," and XML, Project 2000, and data analysis using SQL Server 2000.

Finally, CIT is offering a number of new courses for those who make financial decisions about information technology. "The ABC's of ABC/M (Activity-Based Costing and Management)" will examine these business principles, identifying benefits and challenges within NIH. Robert Lagas will be teaching "Investment Review" as well as "Cost-Benefit Analysis" to help class attendees learn to make good IT investment decisions. Finally, if you've always wanted to know more about your computing bills, "CIT Billing" should answer your questions and bring clarity to the process.

CIT relies to a great extent on volunteer teachers, who now comprise more than 75 percent of the faculty. There are even retirees who return to NIH to teach classes out of their commitment to scholarship and the community.

Because the pace of change in computing is always lively and because volunteer teachers cannot easily be replaced if they leave NIH, the CIT Training Program faces the challenge each term of keeping offerings relevant and complete. If you have an area of expertise in a topic that is currently not being offered or have a different angle on a current topic, consider serving as an instructor. CIT offers its teachers extensive support including obtaining publications, polishing course descriptions, duplicating notes, setting up projection systems and providing hands-on practice facilities.

The spring term is scheduled to begin the last week of January. As always, classes are available free of charge to NIH'ers and other users of NIH computing.

To obtain full course information or register for classes, visit To discuss course registrations or classes you may wish to teach, call 594-6248.

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