Information Technology Computer Training Classes

Information Technology provides introductory, intermediate and advanced training classes for supported software. Here you will find course descriptions, schedules and registration links for all Workshops and Seminars.

Imaging Solutions for Scientific Communication Lunchtime Seminars Research Computing Hands-on Workshops

Imaging Solutions for Scientific Communication
Lunchtime Seminars

Early 2015

Imaging Essentials January 21 Goldenson 229
Figures for Journals February 10 Goldenson 229
Harnessing the Power of Photoshop March 4 Goldenson 229
iPad Tips & Tricks for the HMS Environment March 26 Goldenson 229
Figures for Journals April 7 Goldenson 229
Reliably Accessorize On-Screen Presentations April 14 Goldenson 229
Drawing Tools & Illustration Features of PowerPoint May 6 Goldenson 229
Poster Making for Large Format Printers May 28 Goldenson 229

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Imaging Solutions for Scientific Communication Lunchtime Seminars are designed to build on foundations acquired through Desktop Computing training at HMS/IT and the Center for Workplace Development in Cambridge. RIS skills training is based on the unique ways that researchers use proprietary scientific applications, Microsoft Office and a variety graphics programs to create, acquire and edit images that are included in grant applications, journal articles and presentations to the scientific community. Free Imaging Made Easy Lunchtime Seminars cover topics including poster making, proper PowerPoint techniques and Photoshop tricks.

Customized individual, small group, lab or departmental classes can also be arranged for Quad-based departments. Consider inviting us to your next lab or departmental meeting for some customized training. To schedule Beth Beighlie for your next lab or departmental meeting click here.

The following is a list of all the Imaging Solutions for Scientific Communication Lunchtime Seminars

Figures for Journals
Efficiency & reliability: easily prepare figures for scientific journals with familiar tools & a foolproof workflow that eliminates any chance of rejection for guideline violations.

Poster Making for Large Format Printers
Develop proper techniques for an efficient & pain-free way to construct posters. Maximize your message with images, illustrations & text by using PowerPoint & Photoshop to create large format documents that print properly.

Imaging Essentials
Master the basics of identifying & editing raster, bitmap, pixel-based photos & vector objects. Determine correct file compression, color mode & bit depth options. Learn important fundamentals of image preparation. Understand how to prep images in one application for use in other applications. Become skilled at determining correct resolution & output strategies.

Reliably Accessorize On-Screen Presentations
Understand important concepts of presentation design to reliably display images. Minimize the risks associated with certain fonts & design templates. Learn to use PowerPoint to correctly to insert illustrations, charts & movies in a way that will enable you to present with confidence. Also master ways to use animation & make hyperlinks.

Getting Your Point Across
Deliver better presentations by using PowerPoint as a more effective public speaking tool. Learn to capitalize on PowerPoint's capabilities to convey your ideas. See examples of the principles of information design & clear communication techniques. Understand elements of PowerPoint presentation construction.

Drawing Tools and Illustration Features of PowerPoint
Uncover the secrets of PowerPointís sophisticated drawing tools. Discover how to draw complex shapes, edit Bezier curves, output high-resolution images, create pdf files & prepare complex images for journals.

Harnessing the Power of Photoshop
Learn to create and use actions and droplets to minimize repetitive tasks. Find out how you can easily create actions and droplets to batch process images that need reformatting, resizing or other uniform adjustments.

Overcoming Projection Dysfunction
Say good-bye to public humiliation! Eliminate the technical problems associated with projecting computer-based presentations. Familiarize yourself with common issues that arise when connecting computers to projectors & learn what to do about it.

iPad Tips & Tricks in the HMS Environment
Learn about hidden features that will streamline tasks. Understand the differences between Private & Public wireless access. Discover free & not so free apps that boost productivity (& fun). Explore collaboration options in the HMS environment.

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Training offered by other facilities

Research Imaging Lunchtime Seminars are free and available to all Harvard, HMS, HSDM, HSPH and affiliated hospital employees.

No registration is required for Research Imaging Lunchtime Seminars.

All Research Imaging Lunchtime Seminars are held from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Research Imaging Brown Bag seminars qualify for for AMA/PRA category 1 credits.

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Research Information Technology Group (RITG) Hands-on Workshops

Visit the RC Website for additional information on research computing training in the Longwood Medical area.

RITG class descriptions are shown below.

Basic SQL and Database Theory
Prerequisite: None
An introduction to relational databases, with hands-on exercises using the popular MySQL open source database system. The material covered will be fairly general and therefore applicable to other database systems that use SQL and the relational model, such as PostgreSQL and Oracle.

Introduction to the HMS Wiki
Prerequisite: None
The Harvard Medical School Wiki is a web-based collaboration platform that can be used for knowledge management, project planning and documentation -- or almost anything else you can imagine. Learn about what makes a Wiki and how are they used; How your group can use the HMS Wiki; Other HMS collaborative platforms to consider.

Orchestra 1: The HMS Shared Research Cluster
Prerequisite: UNIX 1 or equivalent
An introduction to the new HMS Research Cluster being launched this spring. Topics include: general cluster architecture; how to schedule and monitor jobs using LSF; job queues and priorities; other cluster resources.

Orchestra 2: The HMS Shared Research Cluster
Prerequisite: Orchestra 1 or equivalent
More advanced techniques for using the Cluster and the LSF scheduler, including: scripting tips for LSF jobs; analyzing and optimizing your jobs' performance; Handling complex workflows in LSF with job dependencies.

UNIX 1: Introduction to UNIX
Prerequisite: None
Assuming no prior experience, this a hands-on approach to learning the basics of the UNIX operating system. Topics and exercises include: UNIX overview; paths and navigating the UNIX filesystem; essential commands and syntax; working with files and directories (copying, removing, renaming); using SSH for remote login and secure file transfer.

UNIX 2: Intermediate UNIX
Prerequisite: UNIX 1 or equivalent
Learn about UNIX file permissions, comparison tools (cmp, comm, diff); How to search in files and the directory tree (grep, find), standard output; The visual text editor (vi); creating basic shell scripts; and many other useful tools.,

UNIX 3: UNIX and Linux Tools
Prerequisite: UNIX 2 or equivalent
Update or expand your UNIX/Linux knowledge to include today's tools of the trade: make remote access to systems easy and automatic with SSH; make your login sessions detachable with GNU screen; copy files locally and remotely with rsync; securely edit remote files in local emacs/xemacs with tramp and more...

UNIX Scripting
Prerequisite: UNIX 2 or equivalent, with some basic knowledge of programming concepts
Learn the essentials of variables, loops, conditionals, output, and more automating of tasks; Focuses on scripting in the BASH shell.

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