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CIT Computer Training 2004 Fall Term Opens

Registration for the CIT Training Program's free fall term classes is open; the term lasts through January 2005.

Dr. Thorsten Fjellstedt adds "QVR Advanced Topics" to his extensive list of QVR classes. Owing to the workshop format, class participants will be called upon in advance to suggest topics and their information needs.

"Using Web Services To Build Service-Oriented Architectures" will define what web services are, how they are built and how we can use them to create service-oriented architecture implementations. The class will also explain the use of different web services security standards. "Introduction to Agile Software Development" will look at different principles and practices behind agile software development.

Emergent Online is bringing "Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite 3.0." This course will discuss new features such as SmoothRoaming, the new licensing model, and the common management interface.

Dr. David Luckenbaugh is adding a new course, "SPSS: Statistics" as an introduction to using statistics in SPSS. It is intended for NIH staff with some familiarity with SPSS who need to find and run various statistics. The SAS Institute will be teaching three classes this term. In addition to two returning favorites on SAS and JMP, the new "JMP Software: Analysis of Attribute Data" teaches users how to analyze data with a single categorical response variable.

Many new scientific classes should generate strong interest. Dr. Medha Bhagwat continues to add to her growing list of successful NCBI courses. The latest addition is "NCBI's Unmasking Genes in the Human Genome." This mini-course describes how to combine the output of multiple prediction programs to find genes, promoters and other transcription-factor binding sites in human DNA sequences. Dr. Matthew McAuliffe and David Parsons will present "Writing Scripts and Plug-ins for MIPAV (Medical Image Processing Analysis and Visualization)." This course will cover how to write plug-ins for users who have specific requirements and programming skills. NIMH staff led by Dr. Robert Cox continue to offer a dynamic series of AFNI and Cortical Surface Bootcamps. This term they have added "AFNI Mini-Course," which will teach the basic concepts of AFNI, some hands-on use of the program and some sample data analyses with 3dDeconvolve.

Other scientific seminars include "Introduction to Linux," which will provide a high-level introduction to the operating system as well as some of the popular programs (Apache, MySQL, Mozilla Suite, etc). Also, Mathworks returns to teach its popular "MATLAB Fundamentals" course as well as a new offering, "Bioinformatics with MATLAB." This course will teach staff how to complete microarray analyses and biomarker detection.

In an effort to reach students who work off-campus, the NIH Library has been offering many of its courses in the Fernwood Bldg. through CIT Training. The two newest additions are "Library Skills" and "EMBASE." "Library Skills" will help NIH staff navigate and use the NIH Library's in-house and online resources. "EMBASE" is a seminar on this international biomedical and pharmacological database that provides access to the most up-to-date information about medical and drug-related subjects.

John Makulowich, Office of the Director, returns to present a new course, "Tackling a Presentation Assignment, Including Talking Points." This class will review the tasks involved in preparing a presentation, identify tasks to automate, develop a practical plan and timeline, perform research, match logistics with content and prepare talking points.

Students interested in learning techniques on how to manage time should register for a new course, "Using Outlook for Time Management." This course will give staff practical, tactical, use-it-right-away tips for the top 10 technology time wasters.

Microsoft is returning with "Developing Forms with InfoPath." As a new program in the Microsoft Office System 2003, it can be used to both design and electronically populate forms. The data from the forms is saved as XML and can be connected with a wide variety of databases. Developers will learn how to create a form and link it into a database using InfoPath 2003. "EHRP Training for HR" is a 3-day hands-on course to provide HR users with instruction on using EHRP to process personnel and pay actions and administer benefits.

The nVision group will be offering a new course for students. "NVision: Technology Transfer" focuses on the new nVision Technology Transfer Business Area and teaches students how to access data regarding NIH inventions and related licenses, patent and work orders.

Bob Todd is returning to present "Security Penetration Testing, a Practical Overview," which will explain how the NIH Incident Response Team conducts penetration testing and analysis methodology.

You can read course descriptions and register at or call (301) 594-6248 or (301) 496-8294 (TDD).

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