Archive for January, 2009

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

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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.