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New Computer Classes Available

The CIT Computer Training program has begun its spring 2002 term of classes. All classes are offered without charge and registration is now open. CIT classes are designed for scientists, computer support staff and end users. Many new offerings join returning favorites.

For researchers doing sequence analysis, two new classes are available. "High-Volume, High-Speed Sequence Analysis on the Biowulf Supercluster" will examine options available for NIH researchers needing to do large-scale projects.

"Homology Modeling with GeneMine" will study a free program for sequence analysis and visualization that makes use of analysis servers across the Internet to filter for meaningful results.

Scientists analyzing microarray data also have two new options. "Microarray Data Analysis Using S-Plus: From Quality Control to Discovery" will examine ways the S-Plus statistical package can be used to control data quality, normalize data and do analysis and visualization.

The new "Statistical Analysis of Microarray Data" will provide an overview of statistical issues that arise in the design and analysis of microarray studies followed by a hands-on demonstration of BRB Array Tools. It is a followup to the continuing "mAdb Basic Informatics" class.

Finally, scientists looking to create their first web pages can attend "Practical Web Page Development for NIH Researchers." This class covers material similar to the existing "Introduction to HTML" class but with a focus on pages to be used for small-scale scientific collaboration.

Blackberry wireless handheld devices have become popular at NIH. "Blackberry Tips and Tricks" will help users understand and optimize their capabilities.

As computer security concerns continue to increase, two more classes have been added to the many security offerings. "Basic Security Principles" is intended to introduce a non-technical user to the principles of how to keep data secure at NIH. "Building a Secure Home Network" is a hands-on class that will include discussion of CIT's remote access solutions and evaluation of various software packages and hardware that supports home networks.

For FileMaker users, "Advanced FileMaker Pro 5" has joined the existing Introduction and Intermediate classes. Students will learn to create an integrated database system that will use advanced automation, word processing and navigation features. The hands-on lab exercises for these courses will be available on both PCs and Macs.

In response to many student requests, the new "XML Basics" will provide a hands-on class for six sessions. It will cover the basics of XML and DTD syntax as well as how XML documents can be transformed using XSL style sheets.

Microsoft is bringing demonstrations of many of its newer products. "Overview of Office X for the Mac" includes a Macintosh specialist who will provide a look at this first version of Office to be native to the OS X operating system. Microsoft will also present: "Data Visualization Using Microsoft Data Analyzer and MapPoint .NET," "Software Construction Using Microsoft Component Systems," and "Enterprise Project Management Using Microsoft Project 2002."

As always, classes are available without charge to employees and other users of NIH computing facilities. To obtain full course information or to register for classes, visit Or call 594-6248 (GOCIT) if you wish to discuss course registration, teaching a class or other training issues.

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