From the GMR: UIC Announces NCBI Discovery Workshops December 15 and 16, 2010 in Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) Discovery Workshops focusing on biomedical and genomic databases this December. This free two-day series of workshops on NCBI tools will be held at UIC on December 15-16, 2010.
Program Overview
The Discovery Workshops consist of four 2.5-hour hands-on sessions emphasizing a different set of NCBI resources. Each session uses specific examples to highlight important features of the resources and tools under study and to demonstrate how to accomplish common tasks.
The four sessions of the Discovery Workshop will focus on the following areas:
1. Sequences, Genomes and Maps
2. Proteins, Domains and Structures
3. NCBI BLAST Services
4. Human Variation and Disease Genes
Participants may attend all or any combination of these sessions. Each session is entirely hands-on and is presented in one computer classroom where the instructor will present a specific example using the live NCBI web site followed by a period of individual practice on related problems.
Detailed handouts for each session will provide step-by-step instructions and additional information about each example. Each session will also provide opportunities for participants to provide comments and suggestions on NCBI services and also to attend individual consultations with NCBI staff.
Discovery Workshop Schedule
Day 1 Wednesday December 15, 2010
9:00-11:30 — Sequences, Genomes and Maps
1:00-3:30 — Proteins, Domains and Structures
3:45-5:00 — Individual Consultations *
Day 2 Thursday December 16, 2010
9:00-11:30 — NCBI BLAST Services
1:00-3:30 — Human Variation and Disease Genes
3:45-5:00 — Individual Consultations*
*Anyone registered for any of the sessions is welcome to attend the individual consultations

Instructor:
Peter Cooper. Peter Cooper is a biologist with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) who provides general user support, designs and presents workshops and webinars on the use of NCBI databases and tools, edits the NCBI News, and is involved in ongoing efforts to improve the usability of the NCBI website.
How to Attend
To register for one or more of these workshops, visit this link:
http://tinyurl.com/NCBIWorkshops
The default is to register for the entire two day workshop. If you wish to attend only select sessions, include the date and time of each of the session that you wish to go to. The deadline for registration is Friday, December 10, 2010. SPACE IS LIMITED.
Please feel free to forward this message to interested colleagues and to other lists.
Holly.
Holly Ann Burt, MLIS
Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator
NN/LM-Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
phone: 800-338-7657 (in the Region) or 312-996-2464
fax: 312-996-2226
haburt@uic.edu
nnlm.gov/gmr

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