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February 29, 2008

NCBI Field Course Will NOT be Held

In January, it was announced that the University of Illinois would be hosting the Field Guide to NCBI Resources Course . I've had several inquiries about it (originally scheduled for April 17-18).

Unfortunately, that tremendous training opportunity will NOT occur. Yesterday the NCBI Field Guide coordinator, Peter Cooper, sent the following email:

Because of budgetary constraints, NCBI has made reductions in some of its programs, and the education programs are affected. In fact, all outreach education programs (Field Guide, Mini-courses, Structures, PubChem) are terminated effective immediately. At this point we cannot reschedule this course or accept requests for future courses of any kind. This was as much a surprise to me as it is to you. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

The Field Course, as well as the Mini-Courses and the Structure course , has been tremendously popular and useful (see list of sites where the Field Course has been offered recently ), but the NCBI budget situation will not allow NCBI to continue to travel and offer these courses for the foreseeable future.

If we would have been able to host the Field Course, registratants would have been asked to print out the PowerPoint slides for the 3-hour lecture presentation, and the Workshop exercises ahead of time. Here they are...

Additionally, you may find the following materials of interest, from the Mini-courses and the Structure Course:

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Posted by mmalliso at February 29, 2008 10:17 AM