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                      WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT
 
Biotechnology Information: Searching, Retrieving, and Analyzing Information
            from GenBank and Other Biological Databases
 
     Friday, March 22 or Saturday, April 27, 1996 (Two offerings)
 
A full-day workshop sponsored by the College of Library and Information
Services, University of Maryland, College Park and ComputerCraft Corporation.
 
Scientific understanding of the molecular basis of life is expanding
exponentially.  As scientists continue to amass a vast body of biomolecular
data, tools for the effective and efficient storage and manipulation of this
data are becoming ever more essential.  This workshop will provide an
overview of the scientific importance of molecular sequence data and the
information technologies involved in making it available to researchers.  As
a workshop participant, you will learn about the content of molecular
sequence databases and develop the skills to effectively access biological
data through a full-day hands-on workshop.
 
You will learn:
    -- How sequence databases are used to make scientific discoveries.
    -- The overall content and structure of molecular sequence databases.
    -- To use the Entrez integrated information retrieval system to access
       entries from protein, nucleotide, and structural databases, including
       GenBank.
    -- To use BLAST to perform sequence similarity searches.
    -- To download tools for information retrieval from the Internet.
 
Who should attend:
    Academic and other special health science librarians responsible for
    searching molecular sequence databases and interacting with scientists
    using genetic data.
 
Course Outline:
    Biomolecular Structure -- Basic overview of DNA and protein sequences.
    Biological Databases -- Introduction to the major databases used by
         biologists and their importance to scientific research.
    Information Retrieval -- A hands-on demonstration of batch mode and
         interactive retrieval of biomolecular data.
    Homology Searching -- How BLAST is used in integrated retrieval to find
         similarity between biological sequences.
 
Format: Class format will include lecture, handouts, case problem solving,
    and extensive hands-on exercises.  Participants will access biological
    databases on the Internet using Netscape and will take home a copy of the
    Entrez software.
 
Location: University of Maryland at College Park, AT&T Teaching Theater,
    Engineering Bldg., Rm. 3140.
 
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)
 
CEUs: 6.5 MLA CE contact hours
 
Enrollment: 20 participants per workshop.  Registration is strictly limited
    to allow all participants individual, hands-on experience.
 
About the Instructor: Andy Baxevanis, Ph.D., National Center for
    Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health.  Dr. Baxevanis
    is a computational biologist at the NCBI involved in the development of
    Network Entrez.  He has taught courses in computational biology at The
    Johns Hopkins University and the National Library of Medicine-sponsored
    Medical Informatics course at Woods Hole, MA.
 
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REGISTRATION FORM
 
Please register me for the Biotechnology Information Workshop.
 
Course date:  _____ Friday, March 22    _____ Saturday, April 27
 
Registration Fee:  _____ $225   _____ $200 (early registration only)
 
Register early and save!  Fee is $200 if paid by March 1 for March 22
workshop, and by April 5 for April 27 workshop.  Registration must be
prepaid.  Make check payable to Biotechnology Information Workshop.
 
Please be sure to include the following information to that we may send you
a course confirmation and a campus map:
 
Name: _________________________________________________________________
 
Organization: _________________________________________________________
 
Address: ______________________________________________________________
 
Telephone: (day) ________________________ (evening) ___________________
 
Fax: ____________________________________ email: ______________________
 
Return form to:         Biotechnology Information Workshop
                        ComputerCraft Corporation
                        6707 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 101
                        Bethesda, MD  20817
 
Questions? Contact Robin Albert, Continuing Education Coordinator, College
of Library and Information Services, University of Maryland, College Park at
301-405-2057 or [log in to unmask]
 
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