All NIH personnel are invited to "beat the heat" with the latest
and greatest in free computer training. Summer term 2005 has just
begun for the CIT Training Program. It offers over 100 computer
topics designed for NIH scientists and staff. A full description
of the course schedule is available at http://training.cit.nih.gov.
There are a number of new end-user classes. Adobe Acrobat — Introduction
shows how to create the PDF documents that are the required format
for many scientific journals. Microsoft Project will include tips
on scheduling projects, reporting project data and efficiently
tracking and analyzing projects. FrontPage Advanced Topics will
cover items such as creating forms, inserting cascading style sheets
and using meta tags. FileMaker Pro 7 Advanced will show how to
create integrated systems of databases linking together seamlessly.
Finally, Forensics for IT Systems discusses how to use a compromised
system to determine the dimensions of an attack.
Two new classes in Excel include Excel Topics — Formulas
and Excel Advanced Topics — PivotTables. Basic classes in
Excel are offered through HHS University at http://learning.hhs.gov or
free online at http://lms.learning.hhs.gov.
New courses for developers include Python and XML Basics. Python
for Programmers introduces this language, which excels at reformatting
data, gluing together other programs and manipulating long strings
of text. XML Basics gives a 6-session hands-on overview of this
New courses for scientists include ImageJ, topics in SPSS and
Proteome BioKnowledge Library. ImageJ, authored by Wayne Rasband
of NIMH, is a public-domain Java image processing program inspired
by NIH Image for the Macintosh. SPSS Clementine Data Mining reviews
the basic operations and environment of the SPSS Clementine data
mining software. What's New in SPSS 13 is an introduction to SPSS
geared primarily to those new to the software. Finally, Proteome
BioKnowledge Library offers training in this manually curated,
protein-centric database containing information about all proteins
in human, mouse, rat, C. elegans, S.
pombe, S. cerevisiae and pathogenic
New courses for Mac users include OS X, OS X Deployment/ Management
and Tiger Server. Getting Started with the Mac on OS X is designed
to help users regardless of experience level. PC users new to the
Mac may find this particularly helpful. OS X Deployment/Management
Seminar discusses how to streamline the process of installing and
configuring Mac OS X on large numbers of computers. Mac OS X 10.4
Tiger Server will show the various features of this newest version
of X Server.
Volunteers are needed to teach classes. Did you know that most
instructors volunteer their time and talent to bring these sessions
to NIH staff? If you have a topic you would be interested in presenting
to the NIH community, call (301) 594-6248.