Archive for January, 2009

IAP 2009: Tips and Tricks for Keeping Up With Information: Materials Science & Engineering

Posted January 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

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Are you a Materials Science and Engineering grad student getting started on your research? An undergrad doing a UROP in Course 3, or majoring in Course 3? Then this session is for you! Learn about finding, organizing, and keeping up with the literature in materials science and related fields. This is a hands-on session in a computer classroom, but feel free to bring your own laptop.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 13, 2 – 3pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 35 participants.

Contact Angie Locknar with any questions.

IAP 2009: Keeping Current: Using RSS Feeds to Stay Ahead in Your Research

Posted January 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

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What’s an RSS feed? How can I use it to keep up with new information in my field? We’ll show you how RSS and other current awareness tools can help you stay up to date!

This will be a hands-on session on Windows PCs. You are also welcome to bring your own laptop.

WHEN: Friday, January 16, 4 – 5pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 25 participants.

Contact Darcy Duke with any questions.

IAP 2009: Introduction to SciFinder on the Web

Posted January 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

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If you are a researcher in chemistry, or chemistry related subjects like chemical engineering, materials science, environmental science, biological sciences, etc., then you should know about SciFinder, the most comprehensive chemical information database.

This hands-on workshop will teach you the basics of SciFinder on the web!

WHEN: Friday, January 16, 11 – 12pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 participants.

Contact Erja Kajosalo with any questions.

IAP 2009: Introduction to Company and Industry Research for Engineers and Scientists

Posted January 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

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You may be a skilled investigator on the topic of science or engineering, but what do you know about business research? This session will introduce you to library-supported databases that cover company and industry information. We will use hands-on exercises to demonstrate strategies for researching two key components of a business plan: competitors and industry trends.

WHEN: Thursday, January 15, 1 – 2pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 25 participants.

Contact Stephanie Hartman with any questions.

IAP 2009: Film Series in Rotch Library

Posted January 6th, 2009 by mit-admin

Rotch Library IAP Film Series:

When: Thursday and Fridays during IAP; Thursday, January 8, 2009 – Friday, January 30, 2009

Where: Rotch Library Conference Room, 7-238

Did you know that the Rotch Library of Architecture and Planning maintains an impressive DVD collection, with new titles added regularly?

Join us as we explore the scope of the collection, from from how we eat and farm (King Corn) to African mud architecture (Future of Mud) to the way type affects our lives (Helvetica). We’ll be showing a different film or two each day. Bring your lunch, we’ll provide the entertainment!

More information about each showing will be posted on this blog, and on the Rotch Library website.

Contact: Heather McCann, 7-238, x3-7098, <hmccann_at_mit.edu>

Sponsor: MIT Libraries hosted by Heather McCann, Allison Benedetti, Omar Khalidi, Jonah Jenkins

Enrollment: Seating is limited; first come, first served, limited to 20 participants.

IAP 2009: Going Beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and Other Citation Searching Resources to Discover Articles

Posted January 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

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The Web of Science has changed its search interface substantially in 2008. Learn about the new citation analysis and report features which enable you to quickly find relevant articles. Also learn about other Web sites that provide citation searching, a powerful tool in finding information for research.

WHEN:
Thursday, January 22, 5 – 6pm
Tuesday, January 27, 5 – 6pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

There is no advanced sign-up or limit to this session.

Contact Michael Noga with any questions.

IAP 2009: Finding Research Datasets: ICPSR and the Harvard-MIT Data Center

Posted January 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

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Need data to answer a research question? Interested in analyzing raw datasets with micro-level records about individual respondents?

This hands-on workshop will familiarize you with the resources of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Harvard-MIT Data Center, which provide access to datasets in the social sciences and related fields. Topics will include the structure of data files, finding and downloading datasets, and understanding data documentation.

NOTE: Advance sign-up is required. Registration due by January 13. This session is limited to 20 participants.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 14, 2 – 3:30pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Kate McNeill with any questions and/or to register.

IAP 2009: RefWorks Basics

Posted January 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

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RefWorks is a web-based resource designed to help you organize references and create a bibliography. RefWorks allows you to search, retrieve relevant citations, easily cite references as you write your paper, and build your bibliography. It allows users to create individual or group accounts.

WHEN:
Thursday, January 15, 5 – 6pm
Thursday, January 22, 1 – 2pm
Friday, January 30, 2 – 3pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 participants.

Contact Anita Perkins with any questions.

IAP 2009: Make your Paper File Cabinets Searchable: How to Manage Paper and Electronic Documents Effectively

Posted January 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

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With personal computers and scanners, paper documents can be easily digitized, efficiently managed, and integrated with electronic documents. Many drawers of documents can be stored in a laptop computer or a passport-sized pocket hard drive, together with electronic documents retrieved from online resources. Paper documents can be converted into PDF files and made searchable through character recognition software. Documents may then be found through a keyword search, and the original scanned images can be viewed and printed as needed.

We will discuss the digitization of paper documents, search technologies, and document management, as well as how to combine the best properties of paper and digital media.

WHEN: Thursday, January 29, 5 – 6pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 25 participants.

Contact Ryuji Suzuki or Remlee Green with any questions.

IAP 2009: QUOSA Information Manager Demo: Retrieve and Organize Article PDFs

Posted January 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

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Learn how the QUOSA Information Manager can help streamline your literature management. Search for articles and retrieve the PDFs in a single step from PubMed and other databases. Organize and manage your existing article PDF collections to stay on top of your research. QUOSA works seamlessly with your EndNote or RefWorks collections. The developers of the QUOSA Information Manager will provide a demonstration and answer your questions.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 27, 4 – 5pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 25 participants.

Contact Howard Silver or Remlee Green with any questions.

IAP 2009: Managing Your References: Overview of EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

Posted January 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

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Using citation management software to create and maintain a collection of references is becoming more common and important in today’s academic world. These software packages allow users to search databases, retrieve relevant citations, and build a bibliography to be added to a paper or thesis or stored for future reference. But which software package should you use, and how do you get started?

This session will focus on EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero, the three major options for bibliographic software at MIT. We will include a discussion comparing and contrasting the three softwares, and we will introduce some of the basic concepts and functionality of each program.

WHEN:
Tuesday, January 13, 12 – 1pm
Wednesday, January 21, 5 – 6pm

WHERE:
DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 participants.

Contact Mathew Willmott or Remlee Green with any questions.

IAP 2009: EndNote Basics

Posted January 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

EndNote logo

EndNote is a “personal bibliographic software” package which allows you to create and manage a database of bibliographic references.

Attendees will create a personal database of cited literature by importing references from resources such as Barton, Web of Science, PubMed, & other sources of published literature. Your database can be used to automatically generate in-text citations and bibliographies in your manuscripts. It can also help you organize and manage your PDF files.

WHEN:
Wednesday, January 14, 12 – 1pm
Friday, January 23, 3 – 4pm
Wednesday, January 28, 5 – 6pm

WHERE:
DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 participants.

Contact Peter Cohn with any questions.

IAP 2009: Using NCBI’s BLAST

Posted January 6th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

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Want to know more about how BLAST works and how to use it more effectively in your research? Then this class is for you! This class will follow up on Bioinformatics for Beginners and lead into Advanced Bioinformatics, although attendance at the other sessions is not necessary.

WHEN:
Wednesday, January 21, 11 – 12am

WHERE:
DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 participants.

Contact Courtney Crummett with questions.

IAP 2009: Practically Genomic

Posted January 5th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

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Genomics, microarrays, and massively parallel applications such as next generation sequencing have made biology research a highly quantitative field. As a result, many biologists face the challenge of mastering computers and computational methods. Our sessions are designed to begin the process.

We will provide an overview of some of the bioinformatics tools and methods mandated by modern biological research. Practical examples will be used to introduce powerful aspects of the Unix operating system, Perl, R, Excel and MySQL. We will also instruct attendees on the usage of bioinformatics tools for genomics, phylogenetics and microarray data analysis. Topics to be covered include the UCSC genome browser, GALAXY, Argo, GenePattern, Bioconductor, ClustalX, and a variety of functional annotation methods.

WHEN:
Monday, January 26, 11am – 1pm
Wednesday, January 28, 11am – 1pm
Friday, January 30, 11am – 1pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 participants. It is requested that participants attend all sessions.

Contact Charlie Whittaker or Courtney Crummett with questions.

IAP 2009: Bioinformatics for Beginners

Posted January 5th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

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The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Entrez family of databases is the foundation of knowledge for molecular level bioscience research. Class attendees will learn about the organization of key NCBI databases, understand the database record structure, and work with the BLAST search tool. The session is a hands-on practicum and an excellent starting point for people who are new to, or curious about bioinformatics research tools.

WHEN:
Wednesday, January 14, 4 – 5pm
Tuesday, January 20, 5 – 6pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Contact Howard Silver with any questions.

IAP 2009: BIOBASE Knowledge Library and Explain Analysis System Training

Posted January 5th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

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Save time and get more out of your data. Learn how to use BIOBASE Knowledge Library (BKL), licensed by MIT Libraries. BIOBASE offers curated databases and analysis tools designed to help biomarker, systems biology and life science researchers accelerate discovery processes. Included in this product is TRANSFAC®, TRANSPATH® and PROTEOME™ products. The BKL is great for research applications including gene set enrichment analysis, functional analysis, SNP analysis, gene expression analysis, and drug discovery. Also, learn about ExPlain Analysis Systems to perform gene regulation and systems biology focused biological interpretation of high throughput experiments like microarrays, proteomic data, and ChIP-chip experiments.

WHEN: Thursday, January 22, 9am – 12pm

WHERE: DIRC, 14N-132

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 20 participants.

Contact Courtney Crummett with any questions.

IAP 2009: TechTV & U

Posted January 5th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

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1001 uses of MIT TechTV in support of education, research, activities, and outreach!

MIT TechTV is MIT’s free video posting and hosting service, specializing in science, engineering, and MIT-related videos. Any member of the MIT Community can use MIT TechTV to post video content for the world to see. In this seminar, you’ll learn how you can use MIT TechTV to accomplish your goals and support your group whether it’s a class, lab, student organization, sport team, or department.

WHEN:
Wednesday, January 14, 11am – 12pm
Thursday, January 22, 11am – 12pm
Monday, January 26, 2 – 3pm

WHERE:
9-151, Kaufman Room (first two sessions)
9-152, Ford Room (third session)

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. This is a repeating event with participants welcome at any session.

Contact Kris Brewer with any questions.

Cosponsored by Academic Media Production Services.

IAP 2009: Attention Faculty! Learn How to EASILY Post and Share Video with Your Students

Posted January 5th, 2009 by Ryan Gray

Are you interested in using on-line video to support your teaching but only want to share it with your class?

Come learn how you can use MIT TechTV to deliver video content. Fully functional with other sites, like Stellar, you can quickly and easily post videos and then share them with your classes or anyone else you desire (within copyright and Fair Use guidelines).

MIT TechTV also provides for easy segmentation and in-line commenting. Learn more about these features and explore how you can use MIT TechTV!

WHEN:
Monday, January 12, 11am – 12pm
Tuesday, January 20, 11am – 12pm
Wednesday, January 28, 2 – 3pm
Friday, January 30, 11am – 12pm
Friday, January 30, 3 – 4pm

WHERE: 9-151, Kaufman Room

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 28 participants. This is a repeating event with participants welcome at any session.

Contact Kris Brewer with any questions.

Cosponsored by Academic Media Production Services.