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Computer Training Program Opens Fall Term

The CIT Training Program's fall term of computer classes is now available for registration. The term spans October 2001 through January 2002 and will incorporate new topics as well as continue many popular subjects. Highlights include a substantial number of new scientific offerings, a new knowledge-sharing group for desktop support people, and a newly equipped wireless classroom.

New Courses

CIT's Dr. Susan Chacko will present two new courses: Movies of Molecules and WHALES, the Web Homology Alert Service. The latter is a utility provided by CIT that allows NIH scientists to automatically search for matches (sequence homology or text) in newly released sequences of selected nucleic acid/protein databases.

Other new scientific courses include Optimal Analysis of Kinetics Data, mAdb Basic Informatics, and Simplified Difference Equations for Cases of Radial Symmetry. Also, MathWorks, the makers of MATLAB and Simulink, will be presenting topics dealing with their software.

A new collaboration between CIT and the NIH Library brings two classes on EndNotes 5, one lecture and one hands-on. This software can help scientists manage references by creating libraries of references and formatting them to any of hundreds of journal styles.

For people doing desktop support at NIH, an exciting new resource will be available beginning in November. A users group for desktop support will meet regularly to exchange information and keep up-to-date on desktop support issues. The first meeting, to be held Nov. 28, will address Issues in Wireless Support. The training program's new wireless classroom will be used to examine many of the questions that can arise in maintaining users on a wireless network.

You've Asked, CIT Has Answered

In response to many requests, the fall term features several popular classes. Using Photoshop for Acquiring Scientific Images is designed to help a beginner take images from a scanner or the web and manipulate them using Adobe's Photoshop. Creating Composite Images with Photoshop will cover this advanced topic in Adobe Photoshop for the experienced user.

Another popular request is a continuation of HTML instruction, Introduction to Cascading Style Sheets. This class is intended to assist anyone with a working knowledge of HTML who would like to expand their expertise by using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

Independent Study

If you would like to pursue computing topics from your desk or home, the CIT Self Study Library contains close to 500 books on an array of subjects. Many new books have recently been added. Topics range from Microsoft Office for Windows and Mac, to Java programming, to learning the Unix operating system.

You can find a list of available titles at by clicking on "Independent Study Courses." If you'd like to borrow a book from the Self Study Library, stop by Bldg. 12A, Rm. 1011 or call TASC at 594-6248 (GOCIT) to see if the book or one like it is available. The check-out period is 2 weeks and may be extended for an additional 2 weeks if no one is waiting.

Of course, no discussion of independent study would be complete without mentioning the FasTrac program. For only $60 you can get an ID that offers access to over 1,000 online courses for a full year. More information on how to take advantage of FasTrac is available on the training web page.

As always, classes are available free of charge to NIH employees and other users of NIH computing facilities. You can obtain full course information or register for classes at

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