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New Courses Available in CIT Training's Summer Term

Plans are being finalized for a dynamic summer term in the CIT Training Program. Many existing courses are being updated, and more than 20 new subjects will be presented. As always, classes are available free for NIH staff. Sign-up and course descriptions are available at

New Classes

Adobe – One major area of training growth is in the number of Adobe products available. Several volunteer teachers have come forward to teach applications important to preparing images and documents for scientific publications.

"Introduction to Illustrator," will cover how to create basic scientific drawings as well as mark up existing images. "The Essentials of Adobe Acrobat 6.0 and Acrobat 5.05," will be given separately for both Mac and Windows users who want to create PDFs. "Introduction to Photoshop Elements," will introduce this new product from Adobe. Photo Elements includes about 80 percent of the functions of the full Photoshop, and costs much less. "From Scan to PDF: Composing Scientific Figures with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator," will review the process of preparing an image for publication using multiple software products.

Statistics – Students will have the opportunity to attend new courses on many statistical packages, from many sources. The SAS Institute will be bringing two new courses in JMP. The first, "Statistical Data Exploration," will be an introduction to the software. The second, "Introduction to the JMP Scripting Language," will allow those already familiar with JMP to customize how it operates. Insightful will be bringing three courses on S-Plus. Joining a returning class on using S-Plus to analyze microarray data will be an introductory S-Plus class along with another on I-Miner, a new tool that allows data analysts to easily build and deploy predictive models.

Dr. Terry Cox of NEI will give "Statistical Analysis with R." This class will introduce R, a free, open-source language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. Dr. James Malley of CIT will offer "Elements of Modern Data Analysis," which will review common problems in data analysis and introduce new methods for model fitting, validation and searching for structure in data.

Other Seminars for Scientists – Dr. Peter FitzGerald and Dr. Susan Chacko will present "Multiple Sequence Alignment: Theory and Practice." This course will discuss the computational problems associated with generating meaningful multiple sequence alignments and present a variety of approaches and tools that can be used to solve them. An introductory course on Mathematica will look at how to use this tool that integrates a numeric and symbolic computational engine, graphics system, programming language, documentation system and advanced connectivity to other applications.

Security – Two new courses on PKI (public key infrastructure) will be taught by Dr. Peter Alterman. "Electronic Identity Management and Introduction to PKI," will look at some of the technical aspects of PKI, while "PKI Certificate Policies: At the Intersection of Trust, Law and Technology," will examine how to go about determining PKI policies.

Grants – "Advanced QVR System Training," will join the existing QVR classes to add a focus on downloading data to an Excel spreadsheet and using the Standard Reports feature of the QVR system. "Explore Quick View," will look at each of the major pieces of the IMPAC II Quick View application.

General Knowledge – Two new courses on project management and one on skills required for knowledge workers round out the class list. "Influence Skills for Project Managers," looks at major types of influence and how to use them effectively when managing an IT project. "Earned Value Management," introduces this new type of project management required by the Office of Management and Budget for most major IT projects. "Knowledge Worker Key Tasks," will go over a list of 30+ computing skills that every knowledge worker should be able to do. It will demonstrate each skill and give an opportunity for hands-on practice.

NBS Travel – The NBS transition group will be offering refresher training in anticipation of the launch of the NBS Travel system. There will be large town hall meetings to demonstrate the system and smaller hands-on classes where students can choose topics that will be relevant for them.

For more information, call the Training Program at 594-6248 (GOCIT internally).

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