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Academic and professional development, wellness, and social events for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are regularly offered by TTU Libraries, the TLPDC, IT Technology Support, the Ethics Center, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the University Career Center, the Graduate School, and the Graduate Student Advisory Council.

You can explore the opportunities from here! For event details, click on the event title in the calendar or scroll through the events list under the calendar. Click to view a  larger version of this calendar.

Distance Graduate Students: Events with an available or pending recording or livestream are indicated with a plus (+) before the title in the monthly calendar and in the event list below. Links are provided in the event details as soon as they become available and on the Distance Education Resources page at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/students/current/Distance_education.php

Graduate School Travel Fund Recipients: As a requirement for receiving travel funding, you must attend at least three professional development workshops sponsored or co-sponsored by the Graduate School. These events are indicated with an asterisk (*) before the title in the monthly calendar and with a red title in the event list below the calendar. Once you attend an event, you must record your attendance with the Graduate School through the following link: http://ttu.mobi/travel.

Summer 2015 Events List

Sensitive Spectroscopy of Crude Oil, OVPR Guest Lecture
Friday, May 1, 2015
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Experimental Sciences Building, Room 120, Broadway, Lubbock, TX, United States

Registration: not required

The Office of the Vice President of Research presents special guest lecturer Hans A. Schuessler, professor of physics at Texas A&M University.

Oilfield reservoir characterization with tracers based on collinear fast beam laser spectroscopy (CFBLS) has been developed in our laboratory and has unprecedented sensitivity, selectivity and dynamic range. It has the potential to be applied to far and near borehole exploration and to quantify fracturing efficiency. For similar applications we also implemented a novel optical spectroscopy based on frequency comb lasers (FCL). Several methods utilize their regular comb structure of millions of laser modes for ultra broad band detection. Especially in the infrared, a plethora of green house and other gases have molecular fingerprint spectra that can be studied with FCL, based mainly on the Er-, Yb-doped fiber lasers with their wavelength ranges extended by optical parametric oscillation processes, supercontinuum or difference-frequency generation. This talk will present our work on trace detection with both techniques. As examples we describe the research in Qatar, and the monitoring of the methane content of seawater in the aftermath of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Applications range from the detection of atmospheric methane form natural seeps, to leaks in pipe lines and well gases produced during fracking at shale gas reservoirs.

Lasers in Biomedicine, OVPR Guest Lecture
Friday, May 1, 2015
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Academic Classroom Building, Room 220

Registration: not required

The Office of the Vice President of Research presents special guest lecturer Hans A. Schuessler, professor of physics at Texas A&M University.

Exploiting the coherence properties of laser light revolutionized the way we approach and think about the interaction of light with biomolecules. Tunable lasers have made possible high precision measurements of the spectroscopic structure even on single atoms and molecules, while pulsed lasers opened a window to view the dynamics associated with transient states and molecular motors. With single frequency lasers we can cool ions to milli degree temperatures; with femtosecond lasers we can freeze the molecular rotation and vibration. Frequency comb lasers are enablers of broadband ultra-sensitive detection of molecules.

This talk will concentrate on research performed in our SIBOR laboratory in which atoms, molecules, and intact subcellular units are studied with tailored laser radiations. In particular, the contractile ability of the heart muscle, sensing of cardiac markers and the possibility of a novel breath analyzer will be discussed. Analyzing the human breath enables identifying early stages of not only respiratory diseases and chronic health conditions, but also detecting the presence of carcinogens, diabetes and other pathological conditions.

These new horizons in noninvasive medical diagnosis are based on photon-counting imaging of fluorescence, surface plasmon resonance techniques, and absorption spectroscopy.

GSAC Meeting & Open Forum
Sunday, May 3, 2015
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Graduate Center (Administration Building west basement)

Registration: not required

Come to the next GSAC Meeting and Open Forum on Sunday, May 3rd, 5-7 PM.

Our monthly meetings are held in the Graduate Center in the west wing basement of the Administration Building. For directions to the Graduate Center, go to  http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/.

Distance graduate students and those unable to attend in person can use the following link to join the meeting online: https://meet.ttu.edu/gloria.park/Y622219P or call +1 (855) 834-4888 and use Conference ID: 88861340

Graduate students are especially invited to attend the meeting and voice their own questions, ideas, and concerns during the 15-minute Open Forum, which occurs during the first hour.

Past meeting minutes and the upcoming agenda will be found on the GSAC website at http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/publications/ a day or two prior to the meeting.

If you can't attend the meeting but want to share with us your thoughts about improving graduate student life, please email at gsac@ttu.edu.

Independent Writing Hours @ the Grad Student Writing Center
Monday, May 4, 2015
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Graduate Center (Administration Building west basement)

Registration: To schedule a session, go to http://j.mp/ttugswc.

Independent Writing Hours will be held in the new Graduate Student Writing Center on Mondays from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. beginning February 23rd. During these hours, graduate students may use the writing center as a workspace and ask questions as they arise of on-duty writing consultants.

The Graduate Student Writing Center is open to all graduate students and is located in the Graduate Center. The initial emphasis for the center will be focused on students who are finishing their theses or dissertations and writing fellowships. Limited tutoring sessions as well as a series of workshops will also be available for graduate students.

Tutoring sessions will be by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Directions to the Graduate Center: http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/

Surviving Grad School Discussion Group
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Graduate Center (Administration Building west basement)

Registration: not required

Have you ever wondered how others juggle the many demands of grad school? Maybe you are experiencing an issue with your advisor, dissertation committee, etc., but aren't sure who you can talk to. Or maybe you just feel like connecting with fellow graduate students.

Whatever the reason, we welcome you to join us for our supportive discussion group for graduate students on Tuesdays from 5:15 - 6:15! It is open and free for any and all graduate students and there is no time commitment - come as often as you like. Topics may include work-life balance, research and teaching demands, advisor issues, etc. Although Nancy and Jackie will be facilitating the group to create a safe space, this is an informal support group, not official group therapy.

If you have any questions about the group, feel free to email Nancy at nancy.robinson@ttu.edu  or Jackie at jacqueline.caston@ttu.edu.

Directions to the Graduate Center: http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/

Understanding Brain Disorders Using Translational Neuroimaging Approaches
Monday, May 11, 2015
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Experimental Sciences Building, Room 120, Broadway, Lubbock, TX, United States

Registration: not required

The Office of the Vice President of Research presents special guest lecturer Nanyin Zhang, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Penn State University.

A major challenge in investigating the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders has been the difficulty to directly translate from human symptoms to animal models that have a unique behavioral repertoire. The brain circuit function and connectivity, which has become accessible through the broad application of fMRI in humans, might provide a link between animal models and observations in humans with psychiatric disease. However, this task has been largely unsuccessful, primarily due to the confounding effects of anesthesia in most animal fMRI experiments. Our lab has established an approach that allows animal's brain circuit function to be examined at the awake state. By utilizing this approach, we have measured the function of individual neural circuitries, the intrinsic organization of the whole-brain networks, as well as brain network reconfigurations at different neurophysiological conditions in awake rats. More recently, we have combined the awake animal imaging approach with optogenetic controls (opto-fMRI). This technique has the potential to determine how specific cell types and their signaling impact the overall brain function. Since the approach using fMRI in awake rats offers a valid method for characterizing changes in neural circuits that correlate with behavioral measurements in freely behaving animals, we are in a better position to establish a direct link between animal models and human psychiatric disorders.

*Excel ShortCourse
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

In this ShortCourse, you will become familiar with the fundamentals of Excel 2013. Topics include navigating within a spreadsheet, using worksheets and workbooks, entering information, using formulas, using functions, formatting information, printing, auto formatting, filling in information, sorting, and filtering.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*Onenote ShortCourse
Thursday, June 4, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Microsoft Office OneNote is a note-taking software. With OneNote you have the ability to assign "tags" to your notes, copy and drag from any application, webpage, and PDF into a OneNote page, create Outlook tasks or appointments, even contacts directly from the notes. You can record audio and/or video directly into a note page, you can draw, highlight, email, use the Windows key + S to screen clip any area of your desktop without losing the mouse focus on a menu or highlighted item! A powerful feature of OneNote is the ability to convert handwritten text into type.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*Dreamweaver shortcourse
Friday, June 5, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Dreamweaver is a powerful tool that makes creating your own website easy. In this class, you will learn how to use Dreamweaver to edit and format text, create links, and work with images. We will also explore some of the basics of the CSS panel to help establish a consistent design for your website.

Instructor: Jeff Luman

GSAC @ First Friday Art trail
Friday, June 5, 2015
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
TTU Urban Tech Design Center, 1120 Main Street, Lubbock, TX 79409

Registration: not required

On the first Friday of each month, you can generally find GSAC at TTU Urban Tech for First Friday Art Trail (F.F.A.T.), which runs from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Each month, Urban Tech features a new exhibit and often a promo just for graduate students. GSAC representatives serve popcorn and lemonade to community guests and provide information about GSAC and the Graduate School. Stay tuned for more details about this month's event.

The venues are generally within walking or biking distance from each other or you can take the four free trolleys that cover the event between about 6:15 PM - 9:15 PM. First Friday Art Trail is an excellent way to enjoy Lubbock and the local art scene each month. You can check out all the F.F.A.T. venues and trolley information here: http://www.ffat.org/

*Cyber Security 101 ShortCourse
Monday, JUne 8, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Cyber security is the practice of keeping our personal information secure, as well as protecting our personal safety online. This workshop will teach the basics of cyber security. Topics include identity theft, phishing scams, malware, passwords, WiFi, apps, social media, online reputation, and cyber bullying. This information is relevant to TTU faculty, staff and students in their roles at Texas Tech, and also in their roles as friends and family members.

Instructor: Britta Tye

*SAS I ShortCourse
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

SAS (pronounced saas) is a computer application that can be used to perform statistical analyses. This ShortCourse will introduce you to SAS Syntax-based programming. It is intended to familiarize new SAS users for Windows interface, and teach the basic programming skills needed to perform elementary data manipulation and analytical tasks in SAS. This ShortCourse assumes that the users are familiar with elementary statistics.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*outlook shortcourse
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Microsoft Outlook is an electronic planner. In this ShortCourse, you will learn the basics of using Outlook: how to move between Outlook folders, how to sort each folder and change your view of it, how to access files through Outlook, and how to use Outlook Today.

Instructor: Shannon Fleming

*Excel PivotTable Shortcourse
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Excel PivotTables, are a great way to summarize, analyze, explore, and present your data. You can also use PivotTables to make comparisons, detect patterns and relationships, and discover trends. In this ShortCourse you will learn how to create, format, and print PivotTables. Participants should have basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel 2013 to gain the most from this ShortCourse.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*Photoshop I SHortCourse
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC2 Lab (room #21)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

In this course you will learn about some of the basic tools and palettes in Photoshop. Topics will include selecting; transforming; layers; masking; text, including special effects; and using the gradient tool in making montages. Specific examples will be used in the class to help in the learning process. You will receive all the files and materials you need for the class.

Instructor: Joshua Pia

*online reputation management shortcourse
Monday, June 15, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

This workshop will teach you how to Manage Your Online Reputation. First impressions are no longer always made face-to-face with a handshake. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other up-and-coming social media platforms have changed the way reputations are made and ruined. With literally billions of people on social media, sharing, tagging and tweeting, it is important to be aware of your online reputation and to actively manage it. Topics for this workshop include why your online reputation matters, how to manage it and what we can learn from others who had to learn about online reputation management the hard way. This information is relevant to TTU faculty, staff and students in their roles at Texas Tech, and also in their roles as friends and family members.

Instructor: Britta Tye

Scholar's retreat on campus
Monday-Friday, June 15-19, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Graduate Center (Administration Building west basement)

Registration: Please email kimberly.elmore@ttu.edu.

GSAC Scholar's Retreat is designed to help students progress through the difficult writing stages of the dissertation process. By offering a focused environment and support for intensive writing time, the Scholar's Retreat provides participants with the structure and motivation to overcome typical roadblocks in the dissertation process. Our goal is to assist each participant in making significant progress toward completing his or her project.

This event is directed primarily toward students in the final stages of writing their dissertations, but scholars working on other academic writing projects may also find the workshop useful. In many disciplines, final stages could be defined as the time period after data has been collected. However, individuals working on a dissertation proposal or master's thesis could also benefit from the structured time, professional writing consultation, and motivational support of the program.

Each 6-9 PM evening session begins with a pre-writing meeting and ends with a post-writing meeting of writers and experienced moderators. During this time we discuss daily and weekly writing goals and form action plans to reach these goals. We also provide accountability and support for each other. Writing and statistics consultants will be on hand to work with Scholar's Retreat participants during each sessions. Each participant should end the week with significant progress made on his or her writing project as well as tips, techniques, and resources for managing the dissertation writing process. Some of our past participants even used their Scholar's Retreat experience to form productive writing groups to sustain continued progress.

Participants must be able to commit to writing for 3 designated hours every day, Monday-Friday, during the week of Scholar's Retreat. If you cannot commit to write during the designated hours when we have writing consultants available, we ask that you do not register for Scholar's Retreat this semester so that other graduate students can take advantage of the opportunity. Participants who miss a night or more of Scholar's Retreat will not receive a refund of their $25 registration fee. If you cannot commit to attending this term, we hope you will consider Scholar's Retreat again in the fall!

The onsite Scholar's Retreat is limited to 15 Texas Tech University graduate students. We request that you sign up for the onsite session if you live in Lubbock, so we can reserve online spaces for distance graduate students. During the week of July 15th, Scholar's Retreat participants will meet in the Graduate Center lounge, which is in the west basement of the Administration Building. For directions to the Graduate Center, please see http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/

If you have any questions or need help with registration, please email Kim Elmore at kimberly.elmore@ttu.edu. We are here to help you get the most out of Scholar's Retreat!

Scholar's retreat online
Monday-Friday, June 15-19, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Online

Registration: Please email kimberly.elmore@ttu.edu.

GSAC Scholar's Retreat is designed to help students progress through the difficult writing stages of the dissertation process. By offering a focused environment and support for intensive writing time, the Scholar's Retreat provides participants with the structure and motivation to overcome typical roadblocks in the dissertation process. Our goal is to assist each participant in making significant progress toward completing his or her project.

This event is directed primarily toward students in the final stages of writing their dissertations, but scholars working on other academic writing projects may also find the workshop useful. In many disciplines, final stages could be defined as the time period after data has been collected. However, individuals working on a dissertation proposal or master's thesis could also benefit from the structured time, professional writing consultation, and motivational support of the program.

Each 6-9 PM evening session begins with a pre-writing meeting and ends with a post-writing meeting of writers and experienced moderators. During this time we discuss daily and weekly writing goals and form action plans to reach these goals. We also provide accountability and support for each other. Writing and statistics consultants will be on hand to work with Scholar's Retreat participants during each sessions. Each participant should end the week with significant progress made on his or her writing project as well as tips, techniques, and resources for managing the dissertation writing process. Some of our past participants even used their Scholar's Retreat experience to form productive writing groups to sustain continued progress.

Participants must be able to commit to writing for 3 designated hours every day, Monday-Friday, during the week of Scholar's Retreat. If you cannot commit to write during the designated hours when we have writing consultants available, we ask that you do not register for Scholar's Retreat this semester so that other graduate students can take advantage of the opportunity. Participants who miss a night or more of Scholar's Retreat will not receive a refund of their $25 registration fee. If you cannot commit to attending this term, we hope you will consider Scholar's Retreat again in the summer!

The online Scholar's Retreat is limited to 15 Texas Tech University graduate students. During the week of July 15th, Scholar's Retreat participants will meet via Lync or Skype (or you can call in with your phone), which is a free download for all TTU students. An email with further instructions will be emailed to all registered participants a few days before the start of the retreat.

If you have any questions or need help with registration, please email Kim Elmore at kimberly.elmore@ttu.edu. We are here to help you get the most out of Scholar's Retreat!

powerpoint shortcourse
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

This course introduces the basics of creating a PowerPoint presentation using outlining, graphing, and drawing tools and creating a Web page from the presentation. Topics included are ways to deliver a PowePoint presentation including self-running presentation.

Instructor: Shannon Fleming

*SAS II Shortcourse
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

In this ShortCourse you will learn more about SAS Syntax-based programming in Windows environment. Some SAS mathematical and statistical functions, as well as, some popular statistical procedures such as PROC TTEST, PROC CORR, and PROC REG will be discussed also. In this ShortCourse it is assumed that you are familiar with elementary statistics and you have already taken SAS ShortCourse - Part I.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*Excel formulas & Functions shortcourse
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

In this ShortCourse you will learn how to create formulas in Excel 2013. How to use Excel's built -in , predefined formulas, called functions, to make quick work of complex calculations. Several financial, mathematical, and statistical functions will be introduced.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*photoshop II shortcourse
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC2 Lab (room #21)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

In this advanced course you will learn how to correct torn photos, remove unwanted items, and perform simple lighting corrections. You will also learn how to use some tools that will enable you to turn an ordinary or dull image into an image that will stand out and capture the attention of the viewer.

Instructor: Joshua Pia

*SPSS I shortcourse
Thursday, June 18, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

SPSS provides a powerful statistical analysis and data management system in a graphical environment, using descriptive menus and simple dialog boxes to do most of the work for you. Most tasks can be accomplished simply by pointing and clicking the mouse. This ShortCourse will cover basic statistical procedures with IBM SPSS Statistics, the Statistical software for the Social Sciences. This ShortCourse assumes that you are familiar with elementary statistics.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*raising digital citizens
Monday, June 22, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Technology is constantly evolving, and so are the risks. This presentation provides parents with an overview of today's threats and suggestions for safely raising their children in a digital world. Topics include: Online manners, Age-specific recommendations for online activities, Overview of apps, cyberbullying and other risks, General safety, awareness and protection tips, and Online resources.

Instructor: Britta Tye

*sharepoint shortcourse
Monday, June 22, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Microsoft SharePoint is a web application platform that makes it easier for people to work together. You can use sites to share documents, collaborate on projects, and share information. SharePoint 2010 works seamlessly with Office 2010 products to make your organizations workflow much easier to manage. Although the most common use of SharePoint is document management, it can be easily customized to fit the needs of your organization through use of shared calendars, task lists, and other features. This starter course is designed for people who are inexperienced with SharePoint and to help them learn how to understand the roles of SharePoint 2010, how to access and navigate through a SharePoint site, and how to integrate with Office 2010 applications.

Instructor: Ian Wilkinson

*Access I Shortcourse
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

This beginner-level Access ShortCourse will help familiarize you with the fundamentals of Microsoft Access 2013 to help you get started using this program. You will be introduced to the rules and guidelines for creating a relational database. In this course you will learn the foundation of a good database design. This course assumes that you are familiar with Microsoft Office 2013 new interface.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*excel data analysis shortcourse
Wednesday, june 24, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

This ShortCourse, will cover some of the statistical analysis functions built into Excel, as well as those included with the Analysis ToolPak. In this course, you will learn how to use Excel 2013 for Descriptive and Inferential statistics, t-Test, ANOVA, Correlation, and Regression. This course assumes the basic knowledge of Excel 2013 and knowledge of basic college level statistics.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*SPSS II shortcourse
Thursday, June 25, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

This ShortCourse will cover more of Statistical Analyses such as T Tests, ANOVA, and Linear Regression, using SPSS software. In this ShortCourse it is assumed that you are familiar with elementary statistics and you have already taken SPSS - I ShortCourse.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*Access II Shortcourse
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Access - part II ShortCourse is designed as an intermediate course to Microsoft Access- part I ShortCourse. This course explores viewing, editing, navigating, sorting, finding, and filtering records, in addition to printing data and implementing and maintaining table relationships. This course also covers Expression Builder, and calculated fields. You will learn how to create parameter queries that make a query ask for input. This course assumes that you are familiar with database design basics.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

GSAC @ First Friday Art Trail
Friday, July 3, 2015
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
TTU Urban Tech Design Center, 1120 Main Street, Lubbock, TX 79409

Registration: not required

On the first Friday of each month, you can generally find GSAC at TTU Urban Tech for First Friday Art Trail (F.F.A.T.), which runs from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Each month, Urban Tech features a new exhibit and often a promo just for graduate students. GSAC representatives serve popcorn and lemonade to community guests and provide information about GSAC and the Graduate School. Stay tuned for more details about this month's event.

The venues are generally within walking or biking distance from each other or you can take the four free trolleys that cover the event between about 6:15 PM - 9:15 PM. First Friday Art Trail is an excellent way to enjoy Lubbock and the local art scene each month. You can check out all the F.F.A.T. venues and trolley information here: http://www.ffat.org/

*Excel ShortCourse
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

In this ShortCourse, you will become familiar with the fundamentals of Excel 2013. Topics include navigating within a spreadsheet, using worksheets and workbooks, entering information, using formulas, using functions, formatting information, printing, auto formatting, filling in information, sorting, and filtering.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*onenote shortcourse
Thursday, july 9, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Microsoft Office OneNote is a note-taking software. With OneNote you have the ability to assign "tags" to your notes, copy and drag from any application, webpage, and PDF into a OneNote page, create Outlook tasks or appointments, even contacts directly from the notes. You can record audio and/or video directly into a note page, you can draw, highlight, email, use the Windows key + S to screen clip any area of your desktop without losing the mouse focus on a menu or highlighted item! A powerful feature of OneNote is the ability to convert handwritten text into type.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*dreamweaver shortcourse
Friday, July 10, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Dreamweaver is a powerful tool that makes creating your own website easy. In this class, you will learn how to use Dreamweaver to edit and format text, create links, and work with images. We will also explore some of the basics of the CSS panel to help establish a consistent design for your website.

Instructor: Jeff Luman

*cyber security 101 shortcourse
Monday, July 13, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Cyber security is the practice of keeping our personal information secure, as well as protecting our personal safety online. This workshop will teach the basics of cyber security. Topics include identity theft, phishing scams, malware, passwords, WiFi, apps, social media, online reputation, and cyber bullying. This information is relevant to TTU faculty, staff and students in their roles at Texas Tech, and also in their roles as friends and family members.

Instructor: Britta Tye

*SAS I shortcourse
Tuesday, july 14, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

SAS (pronounced saas) is a computer application that can be used to perform statistical analyses. This ShortCourse will introduce you to SAS Syntax-based programming. It is intended to familiarize new SAS users for Windows interface, and teach the basic programming skills needed to perform elementary data manipulation and analytical tasks in SAS. This ShortCourse assumes that the users are familiar with elementary statistics.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*outlook shortcourse
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Microsoft Outlook is an electronic planner. In this ShortCourse, you will learn the basics of using Outlook: how to move between Outlook folders, how to sort each folder and change your view of it, how to access files through Outlook, and how to use Outlook Today.

Instructor: Shannon Fleming

*Excel pivottable shortcourse
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Excel PivotTables, are a great way to summarize, analyze, explore, and present your data. You can also use PivotTables to make comparisons, detect patterns and relationships, and discover trends. In this ShortCourse you will learn how to create, format, and print PivotTables. Participants should have basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel 2013 to gain the most from this ShortCourse.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*photoshop I shortcourse
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC2 Lab (room #21)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

In this course you will learn about some of the basic tools and palettes in Photoshop. Topics will include selecting; transforming; layers; masking; text, including special effects; and using the gradient tool in making montages. Specific examples will be used in the class to help in the learning process. You will receive all the files and materials you need for the class.

Instructor: Joshua Pia

*online reputation management shortcourse
Monday, july 20, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

This workshop will teach you how to Manage Your Online Reputation. First impressions are no longer always made face-to-face with a handshake. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other up-and-coming social media platforms have changed the way reputations are made and ruined. With literally billions of people on social media, sharing, tagging and tweeting, it is important to be aware of your online reputation and to actively manage it. Topics for this workshop include why your online reputation matters, how to manage it and what we can learn from others who had to learn about online reputation management the hard way. This information is relevant to TTU faculty, staff and students in their roles at Texas Tech, and also in their roles as friends and family members.

Instructor: Britta Tye

*sharepoint shortcourse
Monday, July 20, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Microsoft SharePoint is a web application platform that makes it easier for people to work together. You can use sites to share documents, collaborate on projects, and share information. SharePoint 2010 works seamlessly with Office 2010 products to make your organizations workflow much easier to manage. Although the most common use of SharePoint is document management, it can be easily customized to fit the needs of your organization through use of shared calendars, task lists, and other features. This starter course is designed for people who are inexperienced with SharePoint and to help them learn how to understand the roles of SharePoint 2010, how to access and navigate through a SharePoint site, and how to integrate with Office 2010 applications.

Instructor: Ian Wilkinson

powerpoint shortcourse
Tuesday, july 21, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

This course introduces the basics of creating a PowerPoint presentation using outlining, graphing, and drawing tools and creating a Web page from the presentation. Topics included are ways to deliver a PowePoint presentation including self-running presentation.

Instructor: Shannon Fleming

*SAS II shortcourse
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

In this ShortCourse you will learn more about SAS Syntax-based programming in Windows environment. Some SAS mathematical and statistical functions, as well as, some popular statistical procedures such as PROC TTEST, PROC CORR, and PROC REG will be discussed also. In this ShortCourse it is assumed that you are familiar with elementary statistics and you have already taken SAS ShortCourse - Part I.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*excel formulas & functions
Wednesday, july 22, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

In this shortcourse you will learn how to create formulas in Excel 2013. How to use Excel's built -in , predefined formulas, called functions, to make quick work of complex calculations. Several financial, mathematical, and statistical functions will be introduced.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*photoshop II shortcourse
Wednesday, july 22, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC2 Lab (room #21)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

In this advanced course you will learn how to correct torn photos, remove unwanted items, and perform simple lighting corrections. You will also learn how to use some tools that will enable you to turn an ordinary or dull image into an image that will stand out and capture the attention of the viewer.

Instructor: Joshua Pia

*spss I shortcourse
Thursday, july 23, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

SPSS provides a powerful statistical analysis and data management system in a graphical environment, using descriptive menus and simple dialog boxes to do most of the work for you. Most tasks can be accomplished simply by pointing and clicking the mouse. This ShortCourse will cover basic statistical procedures with IBM SPSS Statistics, the Statistical software for the Social Sciences. This ShortCourse assumes that you are familiar with elementary statistics.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*raising digital citizens
Monday, July 27, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

Technology is constantly evolving, and so are the risks. This presentation provides parents with an overview of today's threats and suggestions for safely raising their children in a digital world. Topics include: Online manners, Age-specific recommendations for online activities, Overview of apps, cyberbullying and other risks, General safety, awareness and protection tips, and Online resources.

Instructor: Britta Tye

*excel data analysis shortcourse
Wednesday, july 29, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

This ShortCourse, will cover some of the statistical analysis functions built into Excel, as well as those included with the Analysis ToolPak. In this course, you will learn how to use Excel 2013 for Descriptive and Inferential statistics, t-Test, ANOVA, Correlation, and Regression. This course assumes the basic knowledge of Excel 2013 and knowledge of basic college level statistics.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*spss II shortcourse
Thursday, july 30, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (room #23)

Registration: Register by finding this event on the ShortCourses list and click Register Online: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php

This ShortCourse will cover more of Statistical Analyses such as T Tests, ANOVA, and Linear Regression, using SPSS software. In this ShortCourse it is assumed that you are familiar with elementary statistics and you have already taken SPSS - I ShortCourse.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

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